A prisoner in Louisiana since 1972, Herman Wallace tells the disturbing story of his solitary confinement in a series of interactive animations.
This collaboration between Vincent Morisset and art rockers Arcade Fire is a fascinating experiment with interactivity, in which you the viewer get to build your own video installation at home.
In this web documentary, nine women working in the lesbian porn industry reveal all – their bodies and their innermost thoughts. Or do they?
A crowdsourcing project on the propagandistic “Taman Mini” amusement park, in which the films made by visitors lead to a dialogue about Indonesian history.
An interactive version of a subdued video about the lives of war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
In this web documentary based on found footage, journalist Steven Poole explains at breakneck speed how the public debate is being corrupted with “unspeak.”
This animated infographic shows that clandestine drone attacks carried out in Pakistan by the American military claim almost exclusively innocent victims.
This multimedia collage is a morale booster for the residents of McDowell County, who keep hope alive in their shrinking region.
This surprising combination of video game and book maps out the multifaceted history of typography.
This latest episode in a multi-annual documentary project highlights the history of the vertical living, from the Tower of Babel to the skyscrapers in New York.
A groundbreaking fusion of documentary and video game in which visitors play the detective, unraveling the interests that lurk behind the Canadian oil industry
This website compresses 1.2 billion Facebook profile photos into a full-screen mosaic, and a remarkable world atlas
This interactive photo book tells the story of Antonio “Pit” Allard, who retreats for the very last time into the Canadian wilderness to hunt.
This shocking web documentary captures the recent wave of suicides in France, which is on the verge of a collective burnout.
Passing Stranger – The East Village Poetry Walk is an audio tour of poetry related sites in New York City’s East Village.
Planet Takeout is a participatory documentary project about the Chinese takeout as a vital cultural crossroads in Boston and beyond.
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A simple but effective online timewaster: stop your cursor somewhere on the screen and a picture is loaded in which someone points right back at it.
In 12 short films, hosts Oleg and Katya take us on a tour of Ukraine, which hosted the European Soccer Cup last summer.
Wildlife in Banff National Park from the perspective of a grizzly bear and that of the park rangers watching her 24 hours a day.
This interactive tablet documentary allows you to swipe back and forth between a no-frills presentation of the violent confessions of former gang member Alma and an alternate image stream that puts it all in context.
The website as a confessional: insomniacs are asked to provide insight into their affliction, which will be used in an interactive artwork.
Three-dimensional web installation about the turbulent history of The Block, an aboriginal district in the heart of Sydney. Forty years on, it’s about to make way for a new development.
A live web documentary about At Home, a major Canadian housing project that gave homes to 1,265 homeless people.
Award-winning innovative graphic novel app that reconstructs the battle for black gold in the Arab world, long before the Second World War broke out.
A transmedial documentary production about the final days of the Soviet system, told using old postcards.
A digital recording of the residents of a Toronto high-rise as they work with an architect to improve their home.
An individual, immersive experience that uses the latest technologies to transport its users to a virtual mix between Shanghai and Brussels.
A portrait of happiness in the last Himalayan kingdom.
Drop your maternal anxieties into a collective virtual worry box.
A multimedia experiment in journalistic storytelling best experienced as an interactive film.
National Parks Project is a collaborative film, music, TV and new media project on Canada’s National Parks. Like never before.
An international cross media project contributing to the debate about migration to Europe and creating awareness about the real life of African migrants in Europe.
Hasan Elahi’s self-tracking system constantly and publicly presents his exact location, activities, and other personal data.
A global collective art project.
Exploring people’s relationship to the sacred through the city’s landmark, Mount Royal.
An insider’s look at the operation that killed bin Laden
An interactive documentary project connecting local stories and communities in South Australia.
Africa to Australia is an interactive documentary that follows the stories of Africans who came to Australia.
Create and explore a visual archive of your social life.
Can you survive the hardships of poverty, unemployment and homelessness?
Life in Shatila, a decades-old Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, whose 12,000 inhabitants are among the oldest group of refugees in the world.
An interactive documentary that plunges you into the worlds of 8 music fans and shows how the Internet has helped them forge their identities and relationships within various music subcultures.
Soul of Athens 2011 – Our Dreams Are Different – is a multimedia project showcasing different stories that examine the changing American Dream.
A simple and ingenious idea – a road trip across Germany – hundreds of miles from east to west and from north to south. A journey that thrives on totally random encounters with fifty very different people.
An austere animated web documentary in which four people who attempted but failed to commit suicide explain what drove them to their desperate act.
Goa hippies travel to the Indian beach paradise Anjuna Beach – the place where it all began.
A sensory journey into the heart of Tchernobyl’s exclusion zone – the forbidden area around the nuclear power plant.
A cinematic story machine that tells you who you are, based on the material possessions you hold dear.
Forty men and women look back on the 9/11 attacks.
A social website wants to end the taboo on talking about sex, using video messages, discussion forums and infographics.
Your brother is at war but life goes on.
Everything that newspapers and TV ignore is dealt with here, in 27 short films by retrained photojournalists, who capture crisis-ridden Greece in a creative, resolute way.
Documentary photographer Kadir van Lohuizen is traveling from the southern tip of Chile to the very north of Alaska, creating multimedia photo stories along the way.
Choose your own field of vision in the images of a bloody protest in pre-revolutionary Libya or a chaotic police arrest on the streets of New Orleans.
A search for creative, artistic ways to intervene in public space, presented both linearly and non-linearly. Winner IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling 2011.
A machine that distributes unadulterated shots of reality to mobile phones
New York Minute paints an original and interactive portrait of the legendary hometown of hip-hop.
Interactive snowmobile road trip across 2,000 inhospitable kilometers of Northern Canada by filmmaker Dianne Whelan.
Using photographs, text, audio, and film, audio-visual students from the small midwestern American town of Athens spotlight some of the city’s exceptional inhabitants and locations: the tattoo artist, the fashion doll, the banks of the Ohio River.
Dynamic documentary portrait of the characters and hotspots of Istanbul’s Galata Bridge, directed by non-linear narrative pioneer Florian Thalhofer, and created using his bespoke Korsakow software.
Multi-authored portrait of humanity which celebrates diversity, connectivity and digital democracy.
A hybrid documentary game addressing the impending energy crisis which includes animation, live action, documentary and fiction in a dynamic, choice-based narrative.
A choice-based, digital tour of Paris, brought to you personally by the residents of the city’s rich, diverse and disparate neighbourhoods.
18 interactive journeys through the backstages of the huge Eurockéennes rock festival in Belfort, France featuring behind-the-scenes footage with the likes of Tricky, Kanye West and Slipknot.
A debut by filmmaker Frederik Rieckher, Soul Patron presents a rich media journey through the atmosphere and culture of Japan, led by Tokotoko, an exquisitely animated bunny.
Filmed footage of bicycle thief and Slovenian immigrant Igor Kenk is transformed into a remarkable interactive, black-and-white comic book over documentary audio footage.
An expanding series of brief impressions of sometimes intriguing, sometimes alarming and always compelling stories the Golden State.
Kickoff to the extensive documentary project Highrise, which delves behind the myriad high-rise apartment windows that tower into the urban skylines of the world.
A multimedia portrait of the disappeared Canadian mining settlement of Pine Point by one of its former residents.
A playful look at global overpopulation and food shortages, inviting visitors to share what they would do if they had one minute to spare.
Affectionate but unpitying black-and-white images capture the tough existence of people still living in declining rural areas of Iowa.
A heartwarming portrait of the care organizations in Port Augusta, Australia: the Men’s Shed, the Wami Kata home for the elderly, and the Young Fathers group.
This film project seeks to create a new and free way of viewing and analyzing through short grassroots films.
An investigation into the causes of the explosive global increase in obesity. According to the World Health Organization, 2.3 billion people will be obese by 2015.
Magnum photographer Patrick Zachmann’s trilogy on the student protests on Tian’anmen Square in 1989, and the impact of this event on the attitudes of an old and a new generation of Chinese.
An interactive recreation of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the Moon.
Pilot project for the National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmaker in Residence program, in which Katerina Cizek was placed “in residence” at the St. Michael Hospital in Toronto.
On the award-winning Graffiti Archaeology website, visitors can visualize the evolution of graffiti art using a custom interface.
The visitor creates his or her own story from the collection of 163 film clips of prominent documentary filmmakers discussing their profession.
Online platform webcasting daily episodes from the mountainous Italian region of Abruzzo, which focuses on its recovery from the huge earthquake it suffered six months ago.
The importance of water and the problems associated with it in the Great Lakes. Examined in 23 distinctly themed sections, using text, image and sound.
A poignant selection of photographs and text form a diary of the last years in the life of photographer Phillip Toledano’s father.
A series of miniature portraits in sound and photographs; each introduces just one of the more than eight million inhabitants of New York City.
An interactive map of Canada presenting stories of the economic crisis that reveal the fighting spirit of employers and employees.
Social networking site with a twist: rather than looking for friends, users seek out opponents for debate and discussion.
An interactive map of the more than 4,000-mile-long Iron Curtain, illustrating the changes since the Berlin Wall came down.
A selection from 5,000 short interviews with people from all over the world that reveal what connects people to one another.
This web documentary on the prison industry is a road movie with interactive potential.
A road trip where people are randomly found and interviewed.
An interactive world map that allows users to see at a glance what Twitter users at any given geographical location are talking about.
The Dumpster visualises 20,000 blog posts from 2005 that relate to romantic breakups. The interface is designed in such a way that links between the failed love affairs become visible.
On the website of the documentary Standard Operating Procedure, visitors can look through the photos of American soldiers torturing prisoners in the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Each photo is accompanied by explanations from the soldiers involved as well as expert commentary.
The initiative of a group of Kenyan civilian journalists, Ushahidi uses Google Maps to unlock information about the violence that followed the Kenyan elections in December 2007. An expanded version of the website is now in the works to report on incidents all over the world.
Videosphere is a 3-D sphere that reproduces videos from the renowned TED Talks archive and shows the relations between different presentations on technology, entertainment and design-related topics.
Web artist Jonathan Harris took a picture every five minutes during his trip to Alaska, where he went whaling with an Eskimo family. The photos are now in an online album with advanced possibilities, such as being able to see which moments were most exciting for Harris by using his heart rate as a measure of dramaticness.
An interactive web documentary about what happens after you die. Thanatorama will be presented live on 27 November by producer Alexandre Brachet.
Interactive graph of the most influential directors & companies in the US. make your own selection & explore various spatial configurations to discover unknown relationships between seemingly unrelated or competing companies, or download maps made by other users.
An educational webdocumentary that lets viewers investigate the world of Chinese coal miners who risk their lives in state-owned and private coal plants. 300 photographs and many hours of video and sound were used to create a striking immersive environment.
In a highspeed, geographical slideshow, Flickrvision shows the latest pictures placed on the photosharing website Flickr.
On the popular Digg website, visitors can “dig” news articles they like.
A landmark cross-platform BBC series, showing modern day Great Britain from the sky.
Gapminder sums up the world in statistical data.
An interactive map of crimes in Oakland and a tool for understanding crime in cities.
A webdocumentary about Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in the summer of 2005.
Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator.
Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from weblogs.
A live event inviting you to play with real emotions, using brain scanners, biometric sensors and carnivalesque props.
Interactive installations, immersive performances and other unexpected representations of reality, presented by IDFA DocLab, Paradocs and Brakke Grond.
Digital documentary pioneers turn their interactive documentary into a live cinema event. With Insitu and The Prism: Krisis Greece 2011, both selected for the IDFA DocLab Competition.
Live screening of two interactive documentaries from the DocLab Competition Program: Beyond 9/11 and The Zone.
Live screening of two interactive web documentaries from the DocLab Competition Program: Goa Hippy Tribe and The Sexperience 1000
Live presentations of three of the most innovative projects at IDFA 2011: the webdoc and installation Barcode.tv, the interactive installation What Is It Like to Be a Bird? and the immersive iPad app Condition One. The authors will showcase their
Defining which tools, formats, techniques we should hone – and which would best be left along the wayside of the interactive documentary landscape.
Multimedia exhibition that includes the DocLab installation HIGHRISE/Out My Window.
Free screening of the most visually innovative online and interactive music documentaries.
Live screening of two ‘interactive road movies’, Sparrow Songs (Alex Jablonski; international premiere) and Soul Patron (Frederik Rieckher; world premiere)
Zach Wise, the multimedia producer spearheading the groundbreaking projects by New York Times online, showcases his favorite online documentaries and multimedia-projects during a live presentation.
Live screening of the interactive webdocs The Test Tube with David Suzuki, HIGHRISE/Out My Window (Katerina Cizek) and Welcome to Pine Point (Paul Shoebridge & Mike Simons).
The ladies of The Moth talk balls (and explain how to spin a cracking yarn).
Debut interactive documentalist Frederik Rieckher emotes on his exquisite, non-linear quest through Japan, Soul Patron, in this exclusive little interview.
The winner of the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling introduced for the first time in 2010, talks about her HIGHRISE project, and new media for social change (or lack thereof).
Live storytelling: the perfect antidote to screen fatigue – and a mighty enjoyable way to re-connect dizzy DocLabbers – after five days of screenings, projects, and talks exploring the future of narrative – with what we’re all trying to do here: share gosh-darned good stories.
Night 3 in the DocLab Live program, and they were lining up at the door of Tuschinski 4, for New York Times multimedia producer Zach Wise’s top web bookmarks selection, a bespoke pick of golden needles in that murky haystack they call “Internet”.
The second live screening for this year’s interactive IDFA program featured three very different web projects, which nonetheless hail from what seems to be emerging as the Godmother of Non-Linear / Non-Fiction: the fair nation of Canada.
The first in DocLab 2010’s line-up of 5 live interactive screenings at Amsterdam’s Tuschinski cinema, featuring web road movies in Japan and California.
Emerging new media formats snatch some limelight at IDFA 2010.
Dynamic documentary expansion at the DocLab 2010 launch.
New media open countless doors for inventive filmmakers, and their audiences, to forgo the machinations of the industry.
Exploring the web as a platform for innovation in the music video genre.
Connect to your fellow world residents without leaving the house. Step into their lives, learn about their dreams, hopes and fears.
At the Interactive DocLab Lounge (located at Flemish cultural center De Brakke Grond), you are invited to create your own interactive documentary stories on a big screen. Discover new forms of documentary while navigating through the dozens of online projects