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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Crossmedia Projects at IDFA Forum 2016

The IDFA Crossmedia Forum is showcasing new media projects with an emphasis on interactivity.


At this year’s IDFA Forum 2016, interactive new-media projects will be publicly pitched to an audience of professionals from the interactive storytelling field and documentary film industry.

IDFA Crossmedia Forum 2016 selection:
Avi Does the Holy Land, Various Directors (2017)
Earn a Living, Alexandre Brachet, Margaux Missika (2017)
Gentrification Platform, Pieter van Huystee, Renzo Martens (2017)
Hectarium, Diego Briceño (2018)
If You Are Not There, Where Are You?, Maartje Nevejan (2018)
Konfiguration, Lucy Hawking (2017)
Lake Baikal: The Science and Spirituality of Extreme Water, Georgy Molodstov, Michael Owen (2017)
Narrators of History, Hanna Partanen (2017)
POPPY: Uncovering the New Drug Wars, Robert Knoth (2017)
Replay Memories, Andrés Jarach, Gordon (2018)
RIOT, Karen Palmer (2017)

IDFA Crossmedia Forum takes place on November 21-22: public pitches will be held on Monday followed by one-on-one meetings on Tuesday.

IDFA DocLab Selection 2016!

Explore this year’s selection with works ranging from virtual reality and interactive narratives to data art, multimedia journalism and immersive installations.

Elastic Reality Wide

We are pleased to announce the full IDFA DocLab selection for  2016. Twenty projects will compete for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and the Scenic IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award. A futher selection of projects will be presented as part of the Elastic Reality program.

Full details on the DocLab Elastic Reality exhibition (17-27 November), our series of Live Cinema Events (17-22 November) and the fifth annual Interactive Documentary Conference (20 November) will follow soon.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling 2016

Death Tolls Experience by Ali Eslami (Iran, 2016)
Deprogrammed by Mia Donovan (Canada, 2016)
The Dig by Topaz Adizes/Mike Knowlton/Julia Gorbach/Carla Tramullas (USA, 2016)
Everyday Projects by Peter DiCampo (Denmark/Sweden/USA, 2016)
Follower by Lauren McCarthy (USA, 2016)
The Great Animal Orchestra by Thomas Deyriès (France, 2016)
Home : Aamir by Rufus Norris (England, 2016, 13′)
I Am Not Home Video by Bert Hana (The Netherlands, 2016, 15′) by Roel Wouters/Luna Maurer (The Netherlands, 2016)
Meat Puppet Arcade by Matt Romein (USA, 2016)
News Globus by Mikio Kiura/Sena Partal/Bjørn Karmann/Charles Gedeon (Denmark, 2016)
The Resistance of Honey by Peter Boyd Maclean (England, 2016, 9′)
Saydnaya by Eyal Weizman (England, 2016)
Smell Dating by Sam Lavigne/Tega Brain (USA, 2015)
So You Still Sort of Have the Same Number by Nele Eeckhout/Siona Houthuys/Mirke Kist (The Netherlands/Belgium, 2016, 50′)
These Memories Won’t Last by Stu Campbell (Australia, 2015)
Title to Be Announced by Francesca Panetta (England, 2016, 5′)
Tzina: Symphony of Longing by Shirin Anlen (Israel, 2016)
Wifi Whisperer by Kyle McDonald (USA, 2016)
Zeki Muren Hotline by Beyza Boyacioglu/Jeff Soyk (USA/Turkey, 2016)

Special Focus 2016: Elastic Reality

The DocLab: Elastic Reality program is a co-production of IDFA DocLab and De Brakke Grond, made possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.
100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time by Kira Pollack (USA, 2016)
Bear 71 VR by the National Film Board of Canada (Canada, 2016)
Dreams by Philippe Lambert (Canada, 2016)
Flint Is a Place by Zackary Canepari (USA, 2016)
The Island of the Colorblind by Sanne De Wilde (The Netherlands, 2015)
The Modular Body by Floris Kaayk (The Netherlands, 2016)
Notes on Blindness VR by Peter Middleton/James Spinney/Arnaud Colinart/Amaury La Burthe (England/France, 2016, 25′)
Radical Love by Heather Dewey-Hagborg (USA, 2016)

IDFA DocLab 2016: Save the Date!

Key dates for IDFA DocLab 2016


This year marks the 10th anniversary of IDFA’s new media program DocLab, which showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. We are pleased to announce that this year IDFA (16-27 November, Amsterdam) will offer a wide range of events and opportunities for people interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media.

DocLab Schedule
Thursday 17 November: DocLab Opening Night
Saturday 19 Nov: Immersive Network Summit (Invite only)
Sunday 20 Nov: Interactive Conference
Monday 21 Nov: Expert Meeting: Interactive Documentary Preservation (Morning session – Invite only)
Monday 21 & Tuesday 22 Nov: Crossmedia Forum (Invite only)
DocLab Live Cinema Events from 17 to 22 November
DocLab Exhibition open from 17 to 27 November
DocLab Academy runs from 17 to 21 November (application is now closed)

How to attend DocLab events?
Accredited guests can buy tickets from 3 November 12:00 via MyIDFA
General public can buy tickets from 7 November 19:00 via MyIDFA
Some events are by invitation only

DocLab Live Cinema Event
Regular tickets: €10,50
Accredited Guests can book free tickets for Live Cinema Events on the day before or the same day, or buy a ticket for €5,50 from 3 November

Interactive Conference

Regular tickets: €37,50
Accredited Guests: €27,50

17 Nov to 26 Nov from 9:00-23:00
27 Nov from 9:00-18:00
Some installations have varying opening hours. On site reservation may be required.
Free entrance.

IDFA DocLab Progam
The full IDFA DocLab selection will be published on 10 October. More details about speakers, live events and panels will follow early November.

IDFA DocLab 2016 Volunteers

Support the festival and expand your knowledge of new media!


DocLab is the official new media program at IDFA, exploring how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. As a DocLab volunteer, you will spend most of your time at the exhibition. Your responsibilities might include explaining to visitors how to use VR head sets like the Oculus Rift of Gear VR, keeping track of reservations or offering clarification on any number of projects. You will be based at the Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond, DocLab’s partner and home base.

Most of the program takes place from 11am – 9pm, but you may need to arrive as early as 9am or stay as late as 11pm for your six-hour shift.

You should be social and friendly, speak English and have no fear of technology, and affinity with new media or virtual reality is a definite plus. Please note that special technical knowledge isn’t required.

At DocLab, you can expand your knowledge of new media and virtual reality, as well as improve your social and communication skills.

Apply to Volunteer via MyIDFA here: Volunteer Form

If you have any further questions about volunteering at IDFA, you can reach us here:

DocLab Interactive Conference 2015 is now available online

Watch digital pioneers and artists present their most provocative works, lessons learned and visions for the future.

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All of the presentations from the DocLab Interactive Conference 2015 are now available to watch online. Find them on the IDFA DocLab Vimeo channel!

The DocLab Interactive Conference took place on Sunday 22 November as part of the Seamless Reality program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The question of the conference was how do we redefine physical space and the art of documentary storytelling in the digital age?

Angelo Vermeulen,
Amy Rose and May Abdalla (Anagram),
Bianca Giaever (This American Life),
Errol Morris,
Gabo Arora (UN/VRSE),
Jessica Brillhart (Google Creative Lab),
Jason Spingarn Koff (Netflix),
Kathleen Lingo (New York Times)
Karim Ben Khelifa,
Margaux Missika(Upian/PXN) and Opeyemi Olukemi (Tribeca Film Institute)
Michelle Kasprzak,
Ross Goodwin,
Thomas Wallner,
William Uricchio (MIT),

Made possible by: Creative Industries Fund, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Mediafonds. In collaboration with: De Brakke Grond

IDFA 2015 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Errol Morris from Idfa on Vimeo.

IDFA 2015 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Ziv Schneider from Idfa on Vimeo.

IDFA 2015 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Angelo Vermeulen from Idfa on Vimeo.

IDFA 2015 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Bianca Giaever from Idfa on Vimeo.