Past events

DocLab Live: Immersive Showcase 22 Nov 2016 at 20:00

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

Industry Session: Putting Your Audience in the Story 22 Nov 2016 at 12:00

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

Industry Talk: The (Un)defined Business of Interactive 22 Nov 2016 at 15:00

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.

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Talks from the DocLab Interactive Conference 2016 are now online

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.

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You can now enjoy all of the talks from the DocLab Interactive Conference 2016, with speakers from a range of disciplines in the field of interactive documentary and beyond. Find them at the IDFA Vimeo channel!

Speakers
Jepchumba (African Digital Art)
Kathleen Lingo and Kahane Cooperman
Toby Coffey (National Theatre)
Saschka Unseld and Yelena Rachitsky (Oculus Story Studio)
Lauren McCarthy (Follower)
National Film Board of Canada
Matt Romein (Meat Puppet Arcade)
Marshmallow Laser Feast (Chameleon)
Rem Koolhaas and Bregtje van der Haak
William Uricchio (MIT)
Ali Eslami (DeathTolls Experience)
Bernie Krause (The Great Animal Orchestra)

Hosted by Ove Rishøj Jenssen (EDN)

IDFA 2016 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Alexander Reben from idfa on Vimeo.

IDFA 2016 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Jepchumba from idfa on Vimeo.

IDFA 2016 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Katy Newton from idfa on Vimeo.

IDFA 2016 | DocLab Interactive Conference | Robin McNicolas from idfa on Vimeo.

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[Livestream] Update or Die: Future Proofing Emerging Digital Documentary Forms

Tune in Friday for Update or Die, a one-day conference about interactive documentary preservation, curated by MIT Open Documentary Lab and Phi Centre, in collaboration with IDFA DocLab

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Unstable platforms, rapidly changing technologies, and shifting investment priorities are the new normal in today’s media landscape. As attention turns to the next big thing, digital games, artwork, interactive news features, and web-based documentaries made as recently as five years ago face obsolescence. What kind of artifact is an interactive documentary from a preservation perspective? What kinds of obsolescence do these often networked and platform-dependent documentary forms face in fast-changing technological, cultural, and even legal ecosystems? This event brings together global leaders from media and arts organizations, libraries, archival institutes, game and technology companies and initiatives to address these questions, 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.

Full schedule: (Times are EDT)

7:45 AM – Arrival of participants and breakfast
8:45 AM – Word of welcome by Myriam Achard (Phi Centre) and Sarah Wolozin (MIT Open Documentary Lab) and presentation of Sandra Rodriguez (MIT Open Documentary Lab, EyeSteelFilm) and Catalina Briceño (Canada Media Fund), our hosts of the day
9:10 AM – Opening of the conference by William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab): Preserving a Precarious Ecosystem: Assessing the Needs of Interactive Documentaries
9:25 AM – Interactive demo by Caspar Sonnen (IDFA) and Erwin Verbruggen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision): A Short Introduction to the Interactive Documentary Canon.
9:45 AM – Conference by Rick Prelinger (University of California, Santa Cruz/Prelinger Archives/Internet Archive), followed by a Q&A: Perishable Practices: Preserving New Documentary Forms in a Post-Archival Moment
10:10 AM – Conference by Zachary Kaplan (Rhizome), followed by a Q&A: Preserving Performative Media
10:35 AM – Conference by Patricia Falcao (Tate), followed by a Q&A: Preserving Digital Artworks at the Tate

11 AM – Break

11:15 AM – Conference by Jepchumba (African Digital Art), followed by a Q&A: Digital Colonialism: Erasure and Digital Memory
11:40 AM – Conference by Henry Lowood (Stanford University), followed by a Q&A: Replay: Games, Performance and Preservation
12:05 PM – Conference by Brett Gaylor (Mozilla), followed by a Q&A: 404 vs 401: A Tale of Documentary Horror and Redemption
12:30 PM – Conference by Jason Scott (Internet Archive), followed by a Q&A: Dead Man Beeping: Shouts from the Cutting Edge of Web-based Emulation
12:55 PM – Recap by Catalina Briceño

1 PM – Lunch

2 PM – Interactive demo by Vincent Morisset (AATOAA), followed by a Q&A: The Resurrection of ZIG
2:25 PM – Conference by Christiane Paul (The New School, Whitney Museum of American Art), followed by a Q&A: Conserving Context: Approaches to Preserving Digital Art
2:50 PM – Conference by Caspar Sonnen (IDFA) and Erwin Verbruggen (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision): (Im)possible Approaches to Preserving Interactive Media

3:15 PM – Break

3:30 PM – Panel 1: HIGHRISE: A Case Study
Guests:
Moderator: Sarah Wolozin (MIT Open Documentary Lab)
Speakers: Marianne Lévy-Leblond (ARTE France)
Marc Bramoullé (Ubisoft)
Hugues Sweeney (ONF)
Mark Beasley (Rhizome)
Katerina Cizek (MIT Open Documentary Lab)

4:30 PM – Conference by Jean Gagnon (Cinémathèque québécoise), followed by a Q&A: Memory Loss

4:55 PM – Panel 2: Policy, or Planning for Posterity
(Presented by Telefilm Canada)
Guests:
Moderator: Julia Kaganskiy (The New Museum)
Speakers: Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern (MIT Libraries)
Janine Steele (ONF)
Chance Coughenour (Google Arts & Culture)
Monique Simard (SODEC)

5:55 PM – Recap by Catalina Briceño
6 PM – Summary of the day by William Uricchio (MIT Open Documentary Lab)

Note that the conference will be held in English.
You can find out more on the official event page here.

Call For Entries IDFA DocLab 2017

IDFA DocLab is open to all sorts of works that use new media to represent reality.

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For those interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media, this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (15-26 November 2017) will have more to offer than ever before.

Since 2007, the IDFA DocLab program showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. DocLab Academy presents a unique interactive training program and IDFA’s Crossmedia Forum offers new funding and co-production opportunities for innovative non-linear projects.

IDFA DocLab: submission deadline August 1

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. This year marks IDFA DocLab’s tenth anniversary, so we are preparing the largest edition to date. Submission is now open.

Regulations

  • 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 performance and multimedia projects.
  • 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.
  • We can view 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.
  • Projects should be submitted via a password-protected (streaming) link, a download link to the VR build/360 video file (preferably by Dropbox/Google Drive), an app download package or game install.
  • The IDFA DocLab program and competition are open to unreleased projects, as well as projects that have been made publicly available on the internet after August 2016. Priority is given to projects that have not yet been presented at other events or festivals

You can find the FAQ’s about DocLab here.

FAQ: IDFA DocLab 2017

Frequently Asked 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 2017 the festival dates are 15-26 November, with most IDFA DocLab events taking place between November 16-22.

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 doclab@idfa.nl, 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.

60 Seconds – Call for Mobile and Interactive Projects

Interactive Creators: Explore the Short Form! The Very, Very Short Form.

Life is short, today more so than ever. We want it all. We want it now. And we want it fast. But just because something is bite-sized doesn’t mean that it’s lacking in depth or feeling. In 2014, the National Film Board of Canada and ARTE launched Interactive Haikus to give digital artists the chance to create short-format experiences that pack a punch.

And now, the NFB and ARTE in collaboration with IDFA DocLab are calling on interactive creators to get in on the fun while it lasts.

For this edition, the theme is very much a reflection of our times: the mobile world. We’re all on the move. And the mobile world is right there with us, helping us make and break connections, rethink social norms and reinvent the world. Ideas have never been so much on the move as they are right now. Mobility can be about migration, losing our cell phone or the loss of physical mobility … occurring anywhere from everyday life to geopolitics.

And no platform better embodies the notion of mobility and the momentum of the digital world than the one we hold in our hands every day: the smartphone. We’re asking artist-creators to develop mobile and interactive experiences that are funny, moving, engaging or thought-provoking. You can be a designer, a writer, a creative coder, a digital artist, a musician or a game designer. You can be independent or part of a studio or collective.

An international jury made up of artists, producers and journalists will select the ten best entries that meet our criteria, embrace the theme of mobility, and respect the 10 rules of engagement. The ten winners will receive up to 10,000€ to produce their project and premiere it at IDFA DocLab in November 2017.

Time is ticking. Send us your projects.

The Rules:

  • Is a 60-seconds experience.
  • Is about mobility and demonstrates it through the use of smartphone features.
  • Works in a mobile browser, no native apps.
  • Brings personal and social media data into the story.
  • Interacts with users intuitively. We don’t need a navigation menu.
  • Is not a film.
  • Uses sound.
  • Is accessible to an international audience.
  • Own or have had all rights released on all creative and technical assets.
  • Break one of the creative rules (4 to 8) and explain why.

You can see the full technical brief and information on how to submit your proposal here. Submissions close 10 April 2017 @ Noon. Proposals must be presented in French or English.

All submissions, questions, or requests for clarification can be addressed by email to veryveryshort@idfa.nl. Questions may be written in French or English.

All submissions will be notified of the results by May 15.

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