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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Alexandre Brachet

Alexandre Brachet, e-producer and CEO of “web producer” Upian, is one of the world’s major players in the area of web documentary and the intersection of documentary cinema and digital storytelling.

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Jason Brush

Jason Brush is Executive Creative Director at POSSIBLE, a leading global design and creative agency, where he oversees Creative and User Experience in the agency’s Los Angeles branch, and User Experience globally.

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Arik Bernstein

Arik Bernstein, founder of Alma Films and a leading force in the Israeli film industry.

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Jeremy Boxer

Jeremy Boxer is the Creative Director, Film + Video VIMEO / Director Vimeo Festival and Awards.

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Jane Burton

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

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Daniel Burwen

Daniel Burwen is an international speaker and thought leader on interactive narrative, presenting at venues such as SXSW, San Diego Comicon, Culture Tech, Ambulante and IDFA DocLab.

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Katerina Cizek

Director of the award-winning Out My Window, Katerina Cizek is a documentary filmmaker who collaborates across multiple media platforms.

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Martin John Callanan

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

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Paolo Cirio

My work investigates informational power over contemporary society. I’m particularly interested in how specific arrangements of information influence the creation and perception of political, cultural and economic reality, as well as personal emotional states, interpersonal relationships and instinctive human behavior.

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Arnaud Dressen

Arnaud Dressen, co-founder of Honkytonk Films.

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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

I grew up with the idea that one day I would change something more than just myself; apply my experience to a creative form and bring it to others.

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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.

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David Dufresne

David Dufresne, 45, is an 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

One of the directors of Submarine, a production company specialized in innovative and creative content for broadcast, video, DVD, online and other platforms.

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Brett Gaylor

Brett Gaylor, filmmaker at Mozilla and director the award-winning Rip! A Remix Manifesto.

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Ira Glass

An American public radio personality, Ira Glass is the 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

Marshall directs/produces a wide array of digital media projects.

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Brent Hoff

Brent Hoff is director of programming at IFP’s New Media Centre in New York. But he is also co-founder of Wholphin DVD and a writer and filmmaker who films drunk bees, illegal trans-border volleyball matches and crying competitions. Before that he

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Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist, known for his projects that assemble 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

A photographer dedicated to historical places, filled with symbols and memory, with the aim of 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

Elisabeth Holm is an independent producer and Film Program Director at Kickstarter where she oversees Kickstarter film curation, editorial and events, as well as filmmaker outreach and education.

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Keith Jenkins

Keith Jenkins

Keith W. Jenkins came to NPR in July 2008 as the Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia. In this role he oversees the multimedia unit of NPR. org, responsible for the photography and videography throughout the site.

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Alexander Knetig

I dedicate myself to the development of web productions (documentary, reportage, fiction), created with French, European and international partners.

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Aaron Koblin

An artist specializing in data and digital technologies.

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Ingrid Kopp

Editor-in-Chief of Shooting People and consultant with TFI New Media Fund.

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Nikos Katsaounis

Co-founder of Postmodern Times, the award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer Nikos Katsaounis is constantly exploring the options for multimedia storytelling.

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Sep Kamvar

Sep Kamvar is the 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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Vincent Morisset

Vincent Morisset was born in Montreal. Director and inventor, he is looking for new ways to tell stories.

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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

An award-winning artist best known for his music video work.

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John MacFarlane

John MacFarlane is a producer at SBS Australia with a background in journalism, documentary film, media theory and interactive design.

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Jigar Mehta

A documentary filmmaker and journalist working on developing tools for collaborative journalism.

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Tommy Pallotta

Tommy Pallotta

Director and producer Tommy Pallotta is a visionary creative, fusing new technologies with filmmaking, animation and interactivity.

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Nina Maria Paschalidou

Nina Maria is an 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

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

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Boris Razon

A major player in the web documentary scene in France, experimenting with different forms of transmedia narrative worlds and developing new types of web documentaries at France Televisions.

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Alexander Reben

I am an artist and robotisist. My interest is in human-machine relationships including how technology can be a lens with which to study humanity. I have an educational background in robotics, applied math and art. I obtained my masters degree

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Hugues Sweeney

Hugues Sweeney

Producer at National Film Board of Canada.

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Stefano Strocchi

A producer dedicated to young and new experimental documentary projects, stories, and filmmakers.

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Florian Thalhofer

Florian Thalhofer

Florian Thalhofer is a media artist, documentary filmmaker, and inventor and architect of the Korsakow System, a software for producing a new kind of film.

Osnat Trabelsi

Osnat Trabelsi

Founder of Trabelsi Productions, Osnat produces critical, creative, meaningful and politically moving and socially engaged documentaries.

Lena Thiel

Lena Thiele

Creative director and cross-media producer Lena Thiele is developing and producing new formats in the field of documentary film, online, mobile and games

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William Uricchio

William Uricchio is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, Principal Investigator of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

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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

Thijs Vuure studied biology and philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit and the Research Master Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Additionally he studied composition and instrumental playing at the School of the Arts, and he makes music

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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

Femke Wolting, co-founder and head of Submarine.

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Lance Weiler

A storyteller, entrepreneur and thought leader, Lance Weiler is recognized as a pioneer because of the way he mixes storytelling and technology.

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Zach Wise

Zach Wise, associate professor at Northwestern University and former multimedia producer for The New York Times.

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.

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

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