In recent years, a wide range of people working across film, digital arts, science and media have been innovating the documentary genre. Here is a list of people and organisations who we consider important digital pioneers. Through their work, they have been making us think, play and love what digital documentary storytelling has to offer.

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May Abdalla

May Abdalla

Interactive Documentary Filmmaker.

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Alexandre Brachet

E-producer and CEO of Upian.

JasonBrush

Jason Brush

Executive Creative Director at POSSIBLE, a leading global design and creative agency.

Arik Bernstein

Arik Bernstein

Founder of Alma Films and a leading force in the Israeli film industry.

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Jeremy Boxer

Creative Director Film + Video VIMEO and Director Vimeo Festival and Awards.

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Jane Burton

Head of Content and Creative Director for Tate Media, a division of Tate.

Daniel Burwen

Daniel Burwen

Award winning Creative Director and thought leader on interactive narrative.

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Katerina_Cizek

Katerina Cizek

Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms.

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Martin John Callanan

Artist and researcher exploring notions of citizenship within the globally connected world.

Paolo Cirio

Paolo Cirio

Artist working with information systems that impact the dynamics of social structures.

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Arnaud Dressen

Co-founder of Honkytonk Films.

Andrew DeVigal

Andrew DeVigal

Multimedia editor at The New York Times and founder of Interactive Narratives.

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Loc Dao

Executive Producer and Creative Technologist at the National Film Board of Canada.

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Bogomir Doringer

Artist exploring fabricated socio-political issues represented by mass media.

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Danfung Dennis

Photojournalist, director and founder of Condition One, a technology media startup.

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Gabriel Dance

my name is gabriel dance. i am originally from colorado, and currently i live in new york city.

David Dufresne

David Dufresne

Independent journalist and filmmaker.

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Ze Frank

Online performance artist, humorist, and public speaker, Ze Frank is creator of star.me and many other online play spaces.

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Bruno Felix

Co-founder and head of Submarine.

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Brett Gaylor

Brett Gaylor

Filmmaker at Mozilla and director of the award-winning Rip! A Remix Manifesto.

Ira Glass

Ira Glass

American public radio personality, host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life.

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Syb Groeneveld

Head of the e-culture and transmedia department of the Dutch Mediafund.

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Adam Gee

Award-winning commissioner of multiplatform interactive projects.

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Marshall Heald

Director and producer of a wide array of digital media projects.

Brent Hoff

Brent Hoff

Director of programming at IFP’s New Media Centre in New York and co-founder of Wholphin DVD.

JonathanHarris

Jonathan Harris

Artist and computer scientist, assembling vast amounts of data to create large-scale real-time portraits of humanity.

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Erik van Heeswijk

Chief Editor Digital of the VPRO

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Guillaume Herbaut

Photographer dedicated to historical places revealing unseen tragedies.

Todd Heisler

Todd Heisler

An award-winning photojournalist, currently a staff photographer for the New York Times.

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Elisabeth Holm

Independent producer and Film Program Director at Kickstarter.

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Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins

Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at NPR.

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Knetig

Alexander Knetig

Editor in chief at ARTE Creative, a platform dedicated to visual and digital art.

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Aaron Koblin

Artist specializing in data and digital technologies.

Ingrid Kopp

Ingrid Kopp

Director of Interactive at the Tribeca Film Institute.

Nikos Katsounis

Nikos Katsaounis

Award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer exploring the options for multimedia storytelling and Co-founder of Postmodern Times.

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Sep Kamvar

LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, and the Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab.

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Kadir van Lohuizen

An international photojournalist best known for his long term projects on the seven rivers of the world and the diamond industry.

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Marianne Levy Leblond

Head of web productions and transmedia projects at ARTE France.

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VincentMorisset

Vincent Morisset

Director and inventor looking for new ways to tell stories.

Rob McLaughlin

Rob McLaughlin

Editor-In-Chief, Deputy Publisher and a leading innovator in the field of factual interactive content.

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Bjarke Myrthu

On a mission to unleash the power of media and push the limits of storytelling with visuals, audio and interactivity.

Jeremy Mendes

Jeremy Mendes

Interactive designer and director at National Film Board of Canada.

Chris Milk

Chris Milk

Award-winning artist best known for his music video work.

John McFarlane

John MacFarlane

Producer at SBS Australia with a background in journalism, documentary film, media theory and interactive design.

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Jigar Mehta

Documentary filmmaker and journalist working on developing tools for collaborative journalism.

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Tommy Pallotta

Tommy Pallotta

Director and producer fusing new technologies with filmmaking, animation and interactivity.

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Nina Maria Paschalidou

Award-winning documentary filmaker, producer and an acclaimed Greek journalist.

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Kira Pollack

Kira Pollack, director of photography at TIME.

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Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Dutch visual artist who describes his way of working as a form of echolocation.

Boris Razon

Boris Razon

Head of new writing and transmedia at France Télévisions.

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Alexander Reben

Artist and robotisist interested in human-machine relationships.

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Oscar Raby

Multimedia Artist.

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Hugues Sweeney

Hugues Sweeney

Executive Producer at National Film Board of Canada.

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Stefano Strocchi

Producer dedicated to experimental documentary projects, stories and filmmakers.

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Florian Thalhofer

Florian Thalhofer

Media artist, documentary filmmaker, and inventor and architect of the Korsakow System.

Osnat Trabelsi

Osnat Trabelsi

Founder of Trabelsi Productions, producing critical, creative and politically moving documentaries.

Lena Thiel

Lena Thiele

Creative director and cross-media producer at Gebrueder Beetz.

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William Uricchio

Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, Principal Investigator of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University.

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Antoine Viviani

Young French filmmaker and producer exploring the possibilities of new media storytelling.

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Thijs van Vuure

Artist and biologist combining science, art, and philosophy.

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Sander Veenhof

An Amsterdam based new media artist researching new models of interaction and communication.

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Femke Wolting

Femke Wolting

Co-founder and head of Submarine.

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Lance Weiler

Storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader, mixing storytelling and technology.

Zach Wise

Zach Wise

Associate professor at Northwestern University and former multimedia producer for The New York Times.

Sarah Wolozin

Sarah Wolozin

Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab

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Arte

ARTE is a European public-service cultural television channel that targets audiences from different cultural backgrounds, in particular French and German.

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CNC

CNC

The CNC promotes, distributes, and supports projects across the French film, television, video, and multimedia industry.

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Google Labs

Google Labs

Google Labs is a place to explore and play around with prototypes of some of Google’s wild and crazy ideas.

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Gapminder

Gapminder is unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.

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Honkytonk

Honkytonk

An interactive production studio based in Paris, Honkytonk develops, produces, and distributes multimedia documentary films.

Helios Design Labs

Helios Design Labs

A multi-disciplinary design studio.

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IDFA DocLab

IDFA DocLab is the official new media program of IDFA, showcasing new forms of documentary storytelling, digital technology, and media art.

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IDFA Forum

The Forum is IDFA’s international co-financing market for documentaries and Europe’s largest gathering of filmmakers, television commissioning editors, and independent documentary producers.

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Jam3

Jam3

An award winning collaborative interactive production studio, Jam3 blends creativity with technical wizardry.

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mediafonds

Mediafonds

Mediafonds stimulates the creation of innovative cultural and media content via radio, television and Internet public media institutions.

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Mozilla

Mozilla’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.

MediaStorm

MediaStorm

Mediastorm is an award-winning multimedia production studio with a focus on creating cinematic narratives for distribution across a variety of platforms.

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MEDIA

MEDIA Desk Netherlands helps to promote and administer the European Union’s MEDIA Programme in the Netherlands.

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NFB

National Film Board of Canada

The Award-winning National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and innovative documentary, animation, alternative drama, and and digital media productions.

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NPR

A thriving media organization at the forefront of digital innovation, NPR creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 900 independent stations.

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The New York Times

The New York Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, regarded as the national newspaper of record.

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Providences

Paris based production company dedicated to transmedia, web documentaries, linear documentaries and cinema.

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Submarine

Amsterdam-based production company Submarine always explores new forms of visual storytelling.

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Seize the Media

Seize the Media is a social entertainment company that focuses on cross-media story architecture.

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Stamen Design

Stamen is a design and technology studio in San Francisco.

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Tribeca New Media Fund

The TFI New Media Fund looks for social issue media projects that use non-traditional and dynamic storytelling platforms to engage audiences.

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Upian

Upian has produced or co-produced some of the most highly regarded web documentaries

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VPRO

VPRO

VPRO is a Dutch multimedia broadcaster known for its radio, television, internet and guide programming.

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