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Underworld: a virtual experience of the London sewers

Explore the beauty, dangers and mythological allure of London’s Victorian sewer system in an interactive documentary that blends podcast journalism and VR gaming.

Beneath London lies a vast network of Victorian sewers – hundreds of miles of ornate brick tunnels. They are still in use today, but few people ever…

Zeki Müren Hotline

Spoken messages to the popular Turkish artist Zeki Müren (1931-1996) speak of an underlying nostalgia for a Turkey of bygone days.

The Turkish variety artist Zeki Müren was a national phenomenon. Born in 1931, he began his career as a respectable singer on the radio, before shifting…

DeathTolls Experience

A virtual journey from the refugee crisis in Europe to the bloodbath in Syria, placing the dry “data reality” of the news in an emotional perspective.

With DeathTolls Experience, up-and-coming Iranian virtual reality artist Ali Eslami is seeking to resensitize the general public to the reality behind…

These Memories Won’t Last

An interactive web animation in which a grandson relates in words and drawn images the eventful life of his grandfather, who is starting to suffer from dementia.

When Stu Campbell found his elderly grandfather on the roof in his underwear, he thought he had finally lost his marbles for good. But what had actually…


Follower is a service providing you for just a few hours with your own real-life follower – an invisible companion who watches over you attentively.

Follow or be followed. Online, it’s a signal of interest and respect. So how would it feel to be a real follower – or to have a real follower – for…

Bear 71 VR

A seminal piece in the history of interactive documentary, reimagined and re-released as a virtual reality experience.

Bear 71 is a groundbreaking interactive documentary experience, told from the point of view of Bear 71, a female grizzly bear living in Banff National…

Radical Love

An artist creates two life-size 3-D portraits of jailed WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning on the basis of her DNA.

“Pics or it didn’t happen” – whistleblower Chelsea Manning knows only too well the hard truth that underlies this maxim of the digital age. Before…
Locals participate in an environmental rally and a sermon at the First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, celebrity Russell Simmons and a number of national Pastors.  There have been a number of high profile celebrities coming to Flint since the Water Crisis became national news.

Flint Is a Place

A powerful, stylized portrayal of the pride, hope and pent-up anger felt by the people of Flint, Michigan, a symbol of all that can go wrong with the American Dream.

Flint is a place that needs no introduction, certainly in the United States. With documentary filmmaker and activist Michael Moore as its best-known ambassador,…

In a likeable, playful clickbait experience, you are rewarded for exploring all the interactive possibilities of your mouse.

You and your mouse – an intimate relationship you seldom really think about. But your mouse behavior can betray as much of your identity as your search…

White Spots: a Journey to the Edge of the Internet

A surprising journey away from the connected world and into the lives of people living in “white spots” without Internet or cell phone reception all over the world.

How does it feel to be disconnected? Can people still choose to live without digital networks? In White Spots VR, documentary artist and filmmaker Bregtje…

Smell Dating

An online dating service matches subscribers on the basis of their scent. Use your molecular intuition to find out who you really find attractive.

Forget swiping through Tinder profiles. Looks matter, of course, but our sense of smell actually tells us more about who we find attractive. In fact, if…


An immersive and sensory portrait of Mexico City, in collaboration with 12 Mexican artists from various disciplines.

Chameleon presents a unique, sensory portrait of Mexico City. It’s the result of an experimental collaboration to create new artistic concepts and bring…


A 3-D reconstruction of the notorious Saydnaya prison in Syria, on the basis of testimony from former prisoners who were held there in fear and darkness.

Apart from a vague satellite photo on Google Earth, there are no pictures of the notorious Syrian prison Saydnaya, around 30 kilometers north of Damascus.…

Home: Aamir

Experience the inhumane conditions of the Calais “jungle” and travel with Aamir from South Sudan via Libya and across the Mediterranean to his new “home.”

Aamir is a 24-year-old man from South Sudan. Following threats to Aamir’s life, his father has now sold his last valuable possessions to pay human smugglers…

I Am Not Home Video

A virtual experience of forgotten answering machine messages and a very special videotape that director and found footage fanatic Bert Hana picked up in a second-hand store in France.

Director and found footage fanatic Bert Hana has been collecting home videos and answering machines for years. I Am Not Home Video is a virtual translation…

Tzina: Symphony of Longing

A poetic, interactive VR documentary in which the residents of the run-down Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv muse on their lives, loves, longing and loneliness.

At the end of 2016, Tzina Dizengoff square, one of Tel Aviv’s emblematic sites, will be demolished. The square became a home for the lonely and marginalized…
Amsterdam, 30-92016, Oorzaken Festival in Vlaams Cultuurhuis Brakke Grond. Foto: Nichon Glerum

So You Still Sort Of Have The Same Number

In this intimate, alienating and comforting audio walk, strangers become friends and the people we once knew become strangers.

In his short story The Garden of Forking Paths, Jorge Luis Borges writes about a garden where an endlessly forking garden path symbolizes divisions in…


Step into the comfortable dream space and help build this big experimental Canadian dream project.

This experimental Canadian dream project – an immersive installation people can walk in and out of – started at DocLab. Come into this comfortable…
The Island of the Colorblind.In the late eighteenth century a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean. One of the sole survivors, the king, carried the rare achromatopsia-gen that causes complete colorblindness. The king went on to have many children and as time passed by, the hereditary condition affected the isolated community and most islanders started seeing the world in black and white.Achromatopsia is characterized by extreme light sensitivity, poor vision, and complete inability to distinguish colors. Achromats in Federated States of Micronesia adapt to their reduced level of visual functioning (due lack of recourses like sunglasses and tinted lenses) by using visual strategies such as blinking, squinting, shielding their eyes, or positioning themselves in relation to light sources.Portraying the islanders that by their fellow Micronesians are described as ‘blind’ resulted in a conceptual selection of images that mask their eyes, their face, or their ‘vision’ and at the same time invites the viewer to enter a dreamful world painted by colorless and colorful possibilities. Color is just a word to those who cannot see it. What if the colorblind people paint with their mind, how would they color the world, the trees, themselves. Initiating my visual research in FSM I tried to find ways to envision how people with achromatopsia see the world. I tried to see the island through their eyes. Daylight is to bright to bear, moonlight turns night into day, colors dance around in shades we cannot imagine. Imagine flames lighting up in black and white, trees turning pink, waves of grey. A rainbow revisited. The islanders often refer to green as their favourite color, growing up in a lush environment, living in the jungle. But green is also the color that the most common kind of colorblindness (deutaranomaly, five out of 100 males) can’t distinguish. I learned that the color the islanders say to ‘see’ most is red.  I photog

The Island of the Colorblind

Catch a glimpse of a world where flames light a up in black and white, trees have turned pink and a rainbow holds a thousand shades of grey.

What does color mean to those who can’t see it? Long ago, a catastrophic typhoon swept over Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean. One of the few…
Apollo 8 view of earthrise over the moon.

100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time

A multimedia project on the hundred photos that have shaped our world. Short films, essays and stories from those who have made the news explain why.

This multimedia project by Time magazine celebrates the hundred photos that have shaped our world. To start, there’s the Beatles having a pillow fight…

The Resistance of Honey

Bioni Samp’s bees don’t just make honey – they also make music. A fascinating, mind-expanding glimpse into the exceptional world inside the beehive.

Welcome to the fascinating world of urban beekeeper Bioni Samp. His bees don’t just make honey – they also make music. Always clad in his beekeeper’s…

Meat Puppet Arcade

The 3-D scanner as a portal to the virtual space. Play with true-to-life replicas of the artist’s body.

Matt Romein experiments with virtual copies of his own body. His Meat Puppet Arcade is based on the penny-arcade games we know from fairgrounds – machines…

Everyday Everywhere

By uploading photos of everyday life, “ordinary people” from all over the world show the place they live from a different perspective.

A new perspective on the world and the eradication of clichés: this is the aim of the online media network Everyday Projects. “Ordinary people” from…

The Dig

Modern relationships bring new dilemmas. This interactive web series present you with different couples and the choices they should make. What would you advise?

Most modern relationships don’t stick to the old married-with-children conventions, but now that we have shaken off rigid attitudes on matters like gender,…

News Globus

Travel the globe and let the world news help you discover surprising connections between places that are close together or far apart.

Google Maps allows us to study the world from frighteningly close up, but for the bigger picture nothing beats the good old-fashioned globe. One glance…

Wifi Whisperer

An installation on the Wi-Fi Whisperer, who in a robot-like voice intones information from Wi-Fi networks, giving a scarily complete impression of us.

In 2016, we go through life pretty much without any real contact, receiving the outside world in the form of push-pull information on all our various devices…

The Modular Body

Marvel at this science fiction perspective. You can assemble this story about a biologist who clicks organs together by clicking on the different elements online.

Biotechnology is making rapid advances. In his award-winning debut, the fictional documentary animation The Order Electrus, director Floris Kaayk presented…

The Great Animal Orchestra

Imagine you are the conductor of an animal orchestra in this interactive and incredibly detailed natural soundscape, compiled by artist and nature recordist Bernie Krause.

What does an ocean sound like? Someone who knows is musician and audio artist Bernie Krause. For more than 40 years, he has been recording the sounds of…

Notes on Blindness VR

What’s it like to be blind? Notes on Blindless is an enchanting, award-winning interactive VR experience, based on the audio diary of author and theologian John Hull.

In 1983, author, teacher and theologian John Hull (1935-2015) went blind after years of declining vision. He kept an audio diary during this drastic period…


A meditative virtual walk through the mental worlds of a former member of the Unification Church, a skinhead and a jihadist.

Take a virtual walk through the mental landscape of cult indoctrination and deprogramming. Step by step, you progress further into an environment that…
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Financing Market: IDFA Crossmedia Forum 2016

The IDFA Forum is one of the most important co-financing and co-production markets in the international documentary industry. Its annual Crossmedia Pitching…
Amsterdam, 24 november 2015
International Documentary Film Festival 2015
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Industry Session: Rough Cut Editing
With from left: Menno Boerema, Niels Pagh Andersen, Iikka Vehkalahti, Jean Tsien, Min Chul Kim, Pankaj Johar, Jakob Kirstein Hogel and moderator Catherine Olsen.
Photo by Felix Kalkman

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story

Virtual reality pioneer Zillah Watson tells you all about storytelling in emerging consumer technology.

Virtual reality has been proven to change attitudes and provide powerful visceral experiences in lab-based experiments, but can that power apply to storytelling?…
Amsterdam, 22-11-2015, IDFA International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam. Doclab Conference in de Brakke Grond. Photo Nichon Glerum

You Are Here: Immersive Storytelling Masterclass with Jessica Brillhart

Join Jessica Brillhart, principal filmmaker for VR at Google, for a masterclass on VR and immersive storytelling, its promises, constraints and vast complexities.

Join Jessica Brillhart, principal filmmaker for VR at Google, for a masterclass on VR and immersive storytelling, its promises, constraints and vast complexities.…
The Netherlands, Amsterdam, 25 November 2015. The 28th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - IDFA 2015. Industry Talk: Children's Documentaries at Brakke Grond. From left; moderator Ove Rishøj Jensen (EDN), Salma Abdalla (Autlook), Anita Rehoff Larsen (Sant & Usant), Paul Tyler (Handling Ideas), Kaisa Kriek (NPO). Photo: / (c) 2015,

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive

With over 10 years of digital non-fiction art production behind us, this talk explores future developments of interactive storytelling and how to fund it.

Over the past decade, the Internet has given rise to all sorts of new digital art forms and business models. This Industry Talk explores different ways…
Amsterdam, 23-11-2015, IDFA International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam. IDFA Doclab Summit in de Brakke Grond. Photo Nichon Glerum

Expert Meeting: Interactive Documentary Preservation

Invite-only expert session on the preservation of interactive documentary art.

DocLab's 10th anniversary calls for serious reflection on the future of the past. Over the past decade, we have seen a vast number of interactive masterpieces,…

Immersive Network Summit

The Immersive Network Summit brings together experts from all corners of the interactive and immersive storytelling industry to formulate the next steps in developing the medium.

The Immersive Network Summit is a new international think tank event bringing together experts from all corners of the interactive and immersive storytelling…

DocLab Shorts

A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.

For its 10th anniversary edition, IDFA’s new media program DocLab has compiled a special anniversary program of shorts. See the world’s most awkward…

DocLab Expo: Elastic Reality

Trigger your senses and experience 30 of the world’s best interactive documentaries, virtual reality experiences and physical installations in the 10-day DocLab: Elastic Reality exhibition.

With a two-person audio walk about lost friendships (So You Still Sort of Have the Same Number), new work by Moniker ( and Marshmallow…

DocLab: Interactive Conference

Now in its fourth year, the annual DocLab Interactive Conference brings together leading artists and thinkers from the world of art, technology, science and documentary.

Now in its fourth year, the annual DocLab Interactive Conference brings together leading artists and thinkers from the world of art, technology, science…

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase

Immersive storytelling is going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end and do new art forms take shape?

Virtual reality and immersive storytelling (from augmented to mixed reality) are going through an unprecedented evolution. But where does the hype end…

DocLab Live: The Art of Following

An evening exploring the narrative potential of privacy, intimacy and following.

An evening exploring the narrative potential of privacy, intimacy and following, organized in collaboration with the VPRO Medialab Meet Up series. With…

DocLab Live: Dreams

A live performance experience, inviting the audience to share their dreams and turn them into music.

Sound artist Philippe Lambert and the National Film Board of Canada present a new live performance experience, inviting the audience to share their dreams…

DocLab Live: The Best of Awkward Tech

A presentation of absurd inventions that expand our existing notions of reality and confront us with our tech-obsessed everyday lives.

A playful evening during which digital artists present absurd inventions that expand our existing notions of reality and confront us with our tech-obsessed…

DocLab Live: Orchestrated Individuals

Exclusive live performance event in which the audience – if all goes well – merges into one virtual individual.

Exclusive live performance event in which the audience – if all goes well – merges into one virtual individual. With a presentation by digital artist…

DocLab Live: Elastic Reality Opening Night

Join us for the opening night of the DocLab: Elastic Reality program.

A festive introduction to the DocLab: Elastic Reality program with the program's artists and curators, featuring presentations and live performances unraveling…
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Jury Report: IDFA DocLab Competition 2016

Winners of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and Scenic IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award announced at IDFA’s 29th award ceremony.

Members of the jury: Brett Gaylor (Canada), Anna Higgs (United Kingdom)…

Ten Years!

MIT professor William Uricchio reflects on ten years of IDFA DocLab.

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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