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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Open Call for DocLab Academy 2017 Participants

You can apply to DocLab Academy 2017!


The DocLab Academy is an international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media. The five day program takes place November 17-21 during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Digital technology has become increasingly entangled with everyday reality. The consequences are far-reaching, and at times alarming, but it has also lead to a new era of artistic innovation in non-fiction storytelling and art across multiple disciplines.

How do we tell an interactive story? What is the creative potential of new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and interactive media? How do successful digital pioneers use the endless possibilities of the internet without getting lost? And how do you finance interactive documentaries, find the right partners, and reach your audience?

The five day DocLab Academy program addresses a variety of challenges and opportunities through exclusive workshops on virtual reality and interactive storytelling by international new media pioneers. Participants receive portfolio reviews and one-on-one meetings to address more specific questions. There will also be plenty of time to network and reflect on each other’s work. Participants have access to relevant parts of IDFA’s other industry activities, a.o. IDFAcademy workshops and new media pitches at the Crossmedia Forum. Alongside the IDFA DocLab program, which includes Live Cinema Events and the Interactive Conference, the complete IDFA program is open to DocLab Academy participants.

Who can participate:
DocLab Academy can facilitate 25 (documentary) makers and new media professionals:
1/3 from The Netherlands, 1/3 from Flanders and 1/3 from other parts of the world.
Participation is person based, not project based.

Deadline for submissions is September 4th at 23:59 hr.
The selection of participants are announced early October.
DocLab Academy takes place 17-21 November in Amsterdam.

Participating in DocLab Academy 2017 costs €230,-.

What we offer:
Exclusively for DocLab Academy participants:
• Masterclasses & workshops
• Portfolio reviews & one-on-one meetings
• Attendance of the IDFA Crossmedia Forum, the co-production and co-financing market for innovative non-linear projects
• Networking opportunities
• Access to IDFA Festival film screenings and industry events
• Access to selected modules of the IDFAcademy program
Additional access to the DocLab program:
• IDFA DocLab Interactive Conference
• IDFA DocLab Exhibition
• IDFA DocLab Live Cinema Events
For Flemish participants:
• 4 nights in Amsterdam during DocLab Academy

How to apply:
Applications can be done by submitting the online form that will be available through MyIDFA from July 3rd. Deadline for submissions is September 4th at 23:59 hrs (CET).
The online form requires an MyIDFA account, you can register for free at Please note that existing MyIDFA accounts have been migrated to our new website; for security their passwords will need to be reset. Existing users can set a new password through the ‘forgot password’ action during login.

Applications are in English and consist of:
• Contact details
• Short biography (max. 50 words)
• Motivation (max. 100 words)
• Description of your current or most recent new media project (max. 100 words), including a link to visuals
• Description of what you would like to learn and research in the field of interactive storytelling (max.100 words)
• Links to three digital or interactive projects that inspire you
• Link to online portfolio
• Profile picture

The online application form for DocLab Academy will be available from July 3rd.

Early October 2017 we will announce the selection of the participants.

DocLab Academy is an initiative of IDFA’s new media program DocLab and Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond. The program is supported by The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

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