Past events

[The Brain] 24 Nov 2018 at 20:00

Discover what it’s like to be part of a collective brain: a self-organizing, complex system that generates autonomous output.

Doclab Live: Jacco Gardner’s Somnium 23 Nov 2018 at 20:00, 22:00

Sensory live performance in the ARTIS planetarium of Jacco Gardner’s new album Somnium and the kinetic installation Volverium by Thijs Biersteker.

DocLab Academy: Workshop Day at Lava Lab 20 Nov 2018 at 9:30

A full day of hand’s on workshops by several professionals, taking place at design and technology innovation lab Lava Lab.

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Common questions about IDFA DocLab, including how to submit your project, the Crossmedia Forum, Immersive Network, and DocLab Academy

What is IDFA DocLab?

IDFA DocLab is IDFA’s new media program, showcasing interactive documentaries, virtual reality and other new digital art forms that successfully push the boundaries of documentary storytelling in the age of the interface. The program includes the IDFA DocLab Competition, live cinema events, an exhibition, workshops and industry panels that take place during the festival, as well as a selection of projects curated and presented online.

When does IDFA DocLab take place?

All IDFA DocLab events take place in November during IDFA in Amsterdam. In 2018 the festival dates are 14-25 November, with most IDFA DocLab events taking place between November 15-22.

How do I attend IDFA DocLab?

The IDFA DocLab program offers events accessible for the general audience as well as industry events that can be invite only. The 10-day exhibition is freely accessible throughout the whole festival for both a general audience as well as industry guests. The Interactive Conference as well as the Live Cinema Events are open to the public, tickets are sold via IDFA’s ticketing system.

What types of projects can I submit to IDFA DocLab?

IDFA DocLab is open to all sorts of works that use new media to represent reality, ranging from digital non-fiction storytelling and art to physical installations, virtual reality experiences, live performances and multimedia projects.

How can I submit my project?

Go to MyIDFA, submit the online IDFA entry form and pay the entry fee. Please provide us with the appropriate viewing materials. We can view interactive/immersive projects on most platforms/devices, including MAC, PC, iOS, Android, Steam, Sony Play Station, X-box, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive or Google Daydream / cardboard. In case of a performance, installation, or for a platform not specified above, you can upload visual/written documentation.

Can I submit a work-in-progress? 

Although we strongly prefer to be sent final versions, we do accept works-in-progress. We do not select unfinished projects, but do recognize that at the time of submission your project might be a rough draft. Please note however that we will not consider multiple iterations of the same work-in-progress.

I made a mistake on my entry form. Can I get back in to change it?

Once you have submitted an entry form, you can no longer change it yourself. Please send an e-mail to, and we will make your changes in the database. These changes will not appear in your online entry form.

I submitted a project. What happens next?

Submitted projects will be considered (1) for the IDFA DocLab Competition, (2) as an installation for our festival exhibition, (3) as a performance at our live cinema events and/or (4) for the IDFA DocLab Online Database. Projects selected as part of the competition program are eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling as well as the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award.

How and when will I find out if my work is selected?

When a project is selected, the festival will notify the applicant, director, creator and/or producer no later than on October 12, 2017. Once your work has been selected, you may use the IDFA logo and the relevant IDFA laurel for publicity purposes. The files will be sent to you in digital form.

If selected, how will my work be presented at the festival?

If selected, your work will be showcased as part of the annual IDFA DocLab Exhibition or one of the Live Cinema Events.

If selected, will I be invited to attend the festival?

We want to encourage everyone to attend the festival and artists involved in a project selected for the DocLab program are eligible for a free guest badge. In some cases, we will also offer help with accommodation and travel expenses, however this support is limited and priority will be given to persons involved in specific festival events. Anyone who wishes to attend the festival must fill out the online accreditation form through MyIDFA.

I am still looking for funding and/or partners, can you help?

Within the IDFA Forum, the festival’s co-financing and co-production market, the Crossmedia Forum offers a space to creators working on interactive new media projects to publicly pitch to an audience of professionals from the interactive storytelling field and documentary film industry. One-on-one meetings with a broad range of key professionals enable them to create new partnerships, receive in-depth feedback on their work and find new ways to move their projects forward. Read more about the Crossmedia Forum.

What is the Immersive Network?

With the Immersive Network program, IDFA DocLab brings interactive and immersive communities together to create, research, showcase and network. Throughout the IDFA festival and future events, different activities are being presented. Read more about the Immersive Network.

What is DocLab Academy and how can I participate?

DocLab Academy is an international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media which takes place during IDFA, addressing a variety of challenges and opportunities through exclusive workshops on interactive storytelling and virtual reality by international new media pioneers. Full details about participation will be available in May. Read more about the DocLab Academy.