Past events

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker 25 Nov 2017 at 17:00

Special presentation on VR installation Bloodless, in which director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence of American military presence on the South Korean people since 1956.

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything 21 Nov 2017 at 20:00

Join Jonathan Harris on a secular pilgrimage: from physical reality to the chaos of YouTube, and a digital simulation of consciousness.

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences 20 Nov 2017 at 10:00

Zillah Watson, Commissioning Editor for Virtual Reality at the BBC, on how to make VR work for audiences.

more events

Call for entry IDFA DocLab, DocLab Academy, Crossmedia Forum

Check out what the 30th edition of IDFA has to offer.

The IDFA DocLab program showcases new digital works from across the field. DocLab Academy presents an interactive 5-day workshop. The Crossmedia Forum offers co-production and funding opportunities for innovative non-linear projects.

Submission deadline: August 1
The DocLab program is open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from webdocs, virtual reality and artificial intelligence projects to physical installations, multimedia journalism, live performances and anything else that tells a documentary story or explores unknown realities. All projects submitted for the DocLab program will be considered for the Digital Storytelling Award and the Immersive Non-Fiction Award. Projects that have not been widely presented at other events have preference.
Click here to submit for IDFA DocLab

Crossmedia Forum
Submission deadline: August 15
The festival’s international co-production and co-financing market IDFA Forum welcomes new media projects with an emphasis on interactivity which are seeking professional input, co-production and financing partners. Through public pitches, one-on-one meetings and networking events, IDFA Crossmedia Forum provides a meeting place for creative producers and a diverse group of professionals in the field of interactive storytelling.
Click here to submit for Crossmedia Forum

DocLab Academy
Submission deadline: September 4
IDFA and interdisciplinary arts centre De Brakke Grond invite emerging interactive artists, storytellers and documentary filmmakers to apply for a unique five-day training program, which includes masterclasses, workshops, and access to key industry events. The committee selecting the participants consists of Annelies Termeer (VPRO), Wim Forceville (creative director, Belgium) and Janine Steel (National Film Board of Canada).
Click here to submit DocLab Academy

We look forward to receiving your projects! You can find more information on IDFA DocLab 2017 on our website, or scroll down for key deadlines and festival dates.

DocLab Live Cinema Events, November 16-21:
A series of five unpredictable evenings, ranging from interactive showcases to experimental multimedia performances with live music and interaction with the audience.
DocLab Exhibition, November 16-26:
Expo of installations and interactive projects on new ways of documentary storytelling.
DocLab Interactive Conference, Sunday November 19:
Digital pioneers and artists present their projects, lessons learned, and visions of the future of the industry.
IDFA Crossmedia Forum, Monday November 20:
Co-production and funding opportunities for innovative non-linear projects.

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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Update or Die conference talks are now online

In case you missed Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms at Phi Centre, all of the day’s talks are now available to watch online.

This event brought together global leaders from media and arts organizations, libraries, archival institutes, game and technology companies and initiatives to address the questions around interactive documentary preservation, and more, to learn from each other and past attempts at preservation, and collectively discuss and tackle the unique challenges posed by documentary in a fast-changing and often proprietary digital media landscape.

You can find the full programme here.

Have a look at the updated and redesigned Moments of Innovation

In collaboration with MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, we’ve added two new categories and over 100 new projects.


Moments of Innovation is an ongoing initiative by IDFA DocLab and MIT’s Open Documentary Lab to celebrate the field of interactive documentary and connect the dots between the endeavors of artists in the digital age and the pioneers and innovations that came before them. Originally published in 2012, the project took interest in the ‘pas de deux’ between representation and technology, and the resulting capacity to see the world with new eyes.

In 2017, during the Update or Die conference about preserving interactive artworks, Moments of Innovation was relaunched to include over 100 projects that were recently selected for the IDFA DocLab Interactive Documentary Canon.

Check out the new version of Moments of Innovation here.

And the winners are…

Announcing the ten winning proposals of the 60 Seconds Competition for Mobile and Interactive Shorts by ARTE, NFB and IDFA DocLab!


Last winter, the NFB, ARTE and IDFA launched a call for ideas out to digital creators around the world. Their mission? To create an interactive experience about mobility by exploiting the features of a smartphone. Today, we are revealing the 10 winners who will spend the next couple of months creating these experiences.

A word from the jury:

“How do we support artists who redefine what art and storytelling can be in the digital age? How do we find the best ideas for short interactive artworks created for our ever-present mobile devices? Somehow, there’s no app for that…

So recently the NFB, ARTE and IDFA locked us, a jury of nine interactive artists, producers and curators, in a room in Montreal for an entire day. Together, we considered the many submissions to the 60 Seconds #veryveryshort Competition. We were treated to projects from all over the world, and we fought passionately over some of the most amazing ideas and bizarre applications of mobile and interactive technology we’ve ever seen. Collectively, the artists who submitted their ideas displayed an impressive level of ingenuity, artistic and technical skill, especially considering the very (very) strict rules for this competition.

In the end, after being forced to kill way too many darlings, the jury agreed on a final list of ten winners that the NFB and ARTE will take into production. In addition to a fixed number of projects from France and Canada, the jury also had the pleasure of selecting projects by artists from Nigeria, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Belgium, Israel and Argentina.

Some of them will make you dance, some of them will make you laugh and, hopefully, some of them will even make you reconsider your relationship to your phone, yourself, and the physical world around you. As a jury, we can’t wait to see how these projects develop before they premiere at IDFA DocLab in Amsterdam in November—and in everyone’s mobile browser shortly thereafter.”

The jury, chaired by Caspar Sonnen (IDFA), was composed of nine renowned international digital influencers: Jepchumba (Digital Africa), Ziv Shneider (New York, artist), Myriam Achard (PHI Centre), Marie Berthoumieu (ARTE), Jouke Vuurmans (the Netherlands, MediaMonks), Florent Maurin (France, artist), Julia Kaganskiy (New York, New Museum) and Hugues Sweeney (NFB).

The ten winners whose project ideas will go into production are:

Rebecca Lieberman and Julia Irwin (United States)

Rebecca Lieberman is a multidisciplinary designer and artist based in New York.

Julia Irwin is a new media artist, researcher and experimental filmmaker.


Laura Juo-Hsin Chen (Taiwan)

Laura Juo-Hsin Chen, 陳若昕, is an artist, interaction designer and graphics programmer from Taipei, Taiwan.


Ifeatu Nnaobi and Chinenye Nnaobi (Nigeria)
Ifeatu Nnaobi is an independent artist who uses technology and digital media to challenge social inequality in Nigeria.

Chinenye Nnaobi is currently a student at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, where she is completing a master’s in Information Technology.


Nicolas S. Roy, Rebecca West and Catherine D’Amours (Canada)

Nicolas S. Roy is Co-Founder and Creative Director at Dpt., a digital studio specializing in immersive experiences and interactive storytelling.

Rebecca West is a copywriter specialized in the digital creative industries.

Catherine D’Amours is a graduate of the School of Design at the Université du Québec à Montréal. A multidisciplinary artist, graphic designer and art director In 2014, she became Co-founder and Artistic Director of the design studio Nouvelle Administration.


Dries Depoorter (Belgium) and David Surprenant (Canada)

Dries Depoorter is a media artist and a freelance digital creative who lives online in Belgium. He has a background in electronics and studied Media Arts in Ghent. Most of his work is about the Internet, privacy, online identity and surveillance.


Sara Kolster (Netherlands) and Nirit Peled (Israel)

Sara Kolster is an independent interactive director and designer who specializes in digital storytelling. As an independent maker, she creates interactive stories with socially committed themes.

Nirit Peled is an independent documentary filmmaker and artist. She has a special interest in public space, particularly in relation to new technologies and new social and political movements.


Bram Loogman (Netherlands) and Joaquin Wall (Argentina)

Bram Loogman is a filmmaker and software developer.

Joaquin Wall is a media artist and cinematographer.


Lucille Cossou, Rémy Bonté-Duval (France) and Gabriel Dalmasso (Brasil)

Gabriel Dalmasso dedicates himself to audiovisual work, particularly sound design and composition for video games, films and animations.

Lucile Cossou completed engineering studies in signal processing, Lucile Cossou completed an internship in gesture recognition. Through this, she discovered the field of human-machine interfaces and began a thesis on tactile and tangible interfaces.

Rémy Bonté-Duval is a graphic designer with a visual arts approach. A jack-of-all-trades, his varied practices range from illustration and silver halide photography to creative coding.


Marc-Antoine Jacques and David Mongeau-Petitpas (Canada)

Marc-Antoine Jacques is the co-founder of the collaborative digital creative content developer Folkore, established in November 2012. He also illustrates for some print magazines including Infopresse, Urbania and L’actualité.

David Mongeau-Petitpas is the co-founder and developer at the collaborative digital creative content developer Folkore. He endeavors to put technology in the service of history, using unexpected combinations and possibilities not only to surprise, but also to advance the field.


Théo Le Du Fuentes, in collaboration with Ex Nihilo (France)
Théo Le Du Fuentes, aka Cosmografik, is a young author and creator who specializes in interactive media and video games. His collaborators work in animation, sound design, or the development of mobile sites.


Thank you to everyone who participated and submitted a proposal!

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