Past events

Live: Super Stream Me 26 Nov 2015 at 20:00

A look back on one of the most ruthless live streaming experiments ever with Tim Den Besten and Nicolaas Veul as well as several special guests.

Live: VR Cinema Showcase 24 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Virtual reality pioneers show their latest works and reflect on both the hype and artistic potential of virtual reality and immersive media.

Live: The Art of Artificial Intelligence 23 Nov 2015 at 20:00

Live cinema event on artificial intelligence, including live presentations of Kyle McDonald, Dries Depoorter and Ross Goodwin.

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DocLab at Virtually There, MIT Open Documentary Lab Conference

Virtually There: Documentary Meets Virtual Reality conference is now available online

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On May 6th to 7th, IDFA DocLab’s Caspar Sonnen joined other speakers, artists and technologists for a two-day conference held by the MIT Open Documentary Lab to discuss the language, implications, and future of virtual reality and documentary. Speakers included Janet Murray, Jessica Brillhart, Robert Overweg, Félix Lajeunesse, Karim Ben Khelifa, Nonny de la Peña, Brian Chirls, Katerina Cizek and many others.

An exhibition of virtual reality documentary experiments including highlights from IDFA DocLab accompanied the conference.


Caspar Sonnen, Head of New Media at IDFA DocLab begins at the 2:48:12 mark

“VR is capturing the imagination of documentary storytellers, journalists, artists, technologists and investors all over the world. An industry is emerging. Yet for all of its enthusiasts, VR has its skeptics. For all it is talked about, VR can be deeply misunderstood. Virtual reality means many things to many people: an immersive experience, a new tool for storytelling, a cluster of quite different technologies and techniques, and even an epistemological claim.”

Virtually There was presented by MIT Open Documentary Lab, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Phi Centre. For more information about the conference, see the Virtually There website.

IDFA DocLab at Cannes 2016

VR screenings at Cannes Film Festival ’16

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As part of the NEXT innovators’ hub at the Marché du Film in Cannes 2016, DocLab presented seven virtual reality projects pushing the boundaries of the documentary genre. The two screening sessions of immersive non-fiction projects showcased a wide range of techniques, from 360 films to interactive animation and hand-drawn virtual reality, followed by Q&A sessions with creator Gabo Arora (VRSE) and Caspar Sonnen, Head of New Media at IDFA.

The full selection included:
Witness 360:7/7
Drawing Room (winner IDFA DocLab Award 2015)
DMZ: Memories of No Man’s Land
Waves of Grace
LoVR
6×9
My Mother’s Wing

DocLab Showcase at SXSW 2016

For the 9th consecutive year, SXSW invited IDFA DocLab to guest curate a session for the SXSW Digital Domain program.

 

13 March, Austin Suite of the Austin Convention Centre 2PM – 3 PM

This year, we focus on the exciting new frontier of hand-drawn virtual reality. This relatively new form of VR brings a physicality, personality and intimacy to the medium that is hard to achieve in traditional 360 video or computer animated projects. Seeing the same potential, Oculus and HTC Vive recently released their first VR drawing tools (Tilt Brush and Quill), however, few artists have so far been able to really explore the creative and technological challenges of hand-drawn virtual reality.

IDFA DocLab proudly presents an in-depth case study at SXSW featuring Drawing Room, one of the first and most successful hand-drawn virtual reality artworks ever. Drawing Room was created by the pioneering visual artist Jan Rothuizen and interactive designer Sara Kolster in 2015 and premiered as a VR installation at IDFA last November. It went on to win the DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and is currently travelling the festival circuit. Rothuizen and Kolster will showcase the project, address some of the biggest challenges they faced and share their vision on the future of hand-drawn virtual reality as a medium for storytelling and art.

See the SXSW Digital Domain schedule for a full line-up and follow @doclab for live updates from the event.

IDFA DocLab at SXSW 2016 is supported by Creative Industries Funds NL 

Call For Entries IDFA DocLab 2016

DocLab is open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from webdocs, apps and virtual reality projects to data art, multimedia journalism, installations and live performances.

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For those interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media, this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (16-27 November 2016) will have more to offer than ever before.

Since 2007, the IDFA DocLab program showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. DocLab Academy presents a unique interactive training program and IDFA’s Crossmedia Forum offers new funding and co-production opportunities for innovative non-linear projects.

IDFA DocLab: submission deadline August 1

DocLab is open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from webdocs, apps and virtual reality projects to data art, multimedia journalism, installations and live performances. This year marks IDFA DocLab’s tenth anniversary, so we are preparing the largest edition to date. Click here to submit your project.

Regulations

  • IDFA DocLab is open to all sorts of works that use new media to represent reality, ranging from digital non-fiction storytelling and art to physical installations, virtual reality experiences, live performance and multimedia projects.
  • Submitted projects will be considered (1) for the IDFA DocLab Competition, (2) as an installation for our festival exhibition, (3) as a performance at our live cinema events and/or (4) for the IDFA DocLab Online Database
  • Projects selected as part of the competition program are eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Documentary Storytelling and the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction Storytelling
  • The IDFA DocLab program and competition are open to unreleased projects, as well as projects that have been made publicly available on the internet after August 2015. Priority is given to projects that have not yet been presented at other events or festivals.

Find IDFA’s full entry regulations here.

Key Festival Dates

Jury Report | IDFA DocLab Competition 2015

Winners of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award announced at IDFA’s 28th award ceremony.

Members of the jury: Hay Kranen (The Netherlands), Margaux Missika (France), Oscar Raby (Chile)
Documentary is supposed to make us understand the world better. But reality is harsher than pictures and in the face of a violent and incoherent world, we find shelter in personal, humble stories. Stories in which the characters speak directly to us. Their voices have been driving us through the festival. We’re discovering sound again. The intimacy of the voice is a driving force behind many of this year’s projects, and seems a natural tool to facilitate immersion.
The internet is fully grown up now. Projects focus on what’s needed to tell a story, instead of what is possible with technology. Instead of adding, we’re subtracting, taking away what is superfluous. We’re starting to master the medium, and are learning that it’s usually best to do one thing, and do it well.
We believe our two chosen projects are exemplary for this trend.IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award
For this new award, we chose a project that has simplicity at its heart. The tools used for this project are indeed state of the art: the real world and human imagination. At it’s core it has an urgent question: how do we learn to live together, to trust people who are different from us? The winner awkwardly challenges us with the idea that we can be characters in other people’s lives. The winner of the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award is Someone Else by Ant Hampton.IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling
Our choice for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling gives the user the chance of coloring their experience and connecting the dots with their imagination. In a time when we can access anything online, it felt welcomed to hear a personal story, a point of view. Poetry, contemplation and emotions are pieces of a puzzle that fall naturally into place in this work. The winner of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling is Drawing Room bij Jan Rothuizen and Sara Kolster.