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

We’re hiring!

If you’re interested in interactive documentary, VR/AR, and live performances, we’ve got an open internship position with the IDFA new media programme team that might be for you!

Since 2007 IDFA’s new media program DocLab has been offering an international platform to multidisciplinary documentary makers and media artists who work across documentary art, storytelling and new media. The program examines the artistic possibilities of contemporary network culture, explores how the digital revolution changes documentary art, discovers new talent and creates room for the most important pioneers of the digital age. By deliberately not focusing on a single medium or discipline, but rather on the most successful and innovative documentary artists and digital storytellers, IDFA DocLab has become a unique meeting place and international premiere platform. IDFA DocLab provides the public, makers and industry professionals with an annual opportunity to analyse the digital revolution in a broader context and to determine its course. The program consists of an 11-day exhibition, the Interactive Conference, a series of Live Cinema Events, DocLab Academy and various industry activities and networking moments. Overview IDFA New Media activities.

Profile
You have a great affinity with new media documentaries and keep up to date with the latest developments. You are able to work in a hectic environment, are organised, and you can structure your work and you are able to meet a number of fixed deadlines in a high-pressure work environment. You are convivial, communicative, ask for guidance if you are unable to do something on your own and you ensure that everyone is informed about the progress of your projects. You are proficient with computers, enjoy finding out how to achieve the best results with our database and you do not shy away from new technologies such as VR, games, apps. You have perfect spoken and written English (other languages are a plus, particularly Dutch).

Tasks and responsibilities
Contribute to exhibition and program research;
Installing new media entries such as: games, apps and VR films on different devices (e.g. Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive or Google Daydream / cardboard);
Support the production of online and offline publications, such as Program Magazine (NL), Program Guide (EN) and new media program online (NL & EN);
Process new media entries in the IDFA film database;
Correspond with makers about, among other things, submissions, selection and festival attendance;
Support production of new media events and exhibition during the festival in November;
Assist with the documentation and reporting of festival events to partners.

Contract details
Contract duration: 1 or mid-August to 15 December 2018 (in consultation)
Full-time, unless time is needed to attend lectures
Internship allowance: € 300 per month for a full-time internship and free lunch. Travel expenses are reimbursed if you do not live in Amsterdam

Apply
If you’re interested in doing this internship with us, please send an English motivation letter (as a pdf attachment) as soon as possible in an e-mail to Annabet Langkamp, sollicitaties@idfa.nl with the subject: new media. Please also include your CV as a pdf attachment. Indicate in your letter why you want to do an internship at IDFA and why you think you are suitable for this internship. If you are interested in several internship positions at IDFA, please indicate this in your letter. We will contact you after you submit your application. We are looking to start this internship between the beginning of August and mid-August. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Open Call for IDFA DocLab Academy 2018 Participants

We are now open for applications for IDFA DocLab Academy 2018!

DocLab Academy is an international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media. This five-day program takes place from November 16 to 20 at De Brakke Grond and is part of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

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

What artistic opportunities do new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and interactive media have to offer? How do you tell an interactive story? How do successful digital pioneers use the endless opportunities of the internet without getting lost in its countless possibilities? And how do you finance interactive documentaries, find the right partners and reach your audience?

The DocLab Academy program addresses a variety of challenges and opportunities through exclusive workshops on virtual reality and interactive storytelling by international new media pioneers. Portfolio reviews and one-on-one meetings offer insights into more specific questions. There is also plenty of time to network and reflect on each other’s work. Participants also 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 also open to DocLab Academy participants.

Who can participate:
DocLab Academy can facilitate 20 (documentary) makers and new media professionals, ½ from The Netherlands & Flandres and ½ from the rest of the world.

What we offer:
• Exclusive masterclasses & workshops
• Portfolio reviews & one-on-one meetings
• Exclusive context of the DocLab Exhibition with selected artists
• Studio visits
• Attendance of the IDFA Crossmedia Forum, the co-production and co-financing market for innovative non-linear projects
• IDFA DocLab Interactive Conference
• IDFA DocLab Live Cinema Events
• Networking opportunities
• Access to selected parts of the IDFAcademy program
• Access to IDFA Festival film screenings and industry events

For Flemish participants:
• 4 nights accommodation in Amsterdam during DocLab Academy supported by VAF

How to apply:
Fill out the online DocLab Academy Accreditation form via MyIDFA from July 1. The application deadline is September 1 at 23:59 hrs (CET).

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
• Learning goals (max. 50 words)
• Links to three digital or interactive projects that inspire you
• Link to online portfolio
• Profile picture

Procedure
The application deadline is September 1 at 23:59 CET. Selection will be made by an external committee and the participants are announced early October. DocLab Academy takes place 16-20 November in Amsterdam. If selected, additional information will be requested.

Costs:
Participating in DocLab Academy 2018 costs €240,-.

The online application form for DocLab Academy will be available from July 1.

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).

Contact
Send your questions to doclabacademy@idfa.nl.
More information on DocLab Academy: www.brakkegrond.nl/doclabacademy and https://www.idfa.nl/en/info/doclab-academy
More information on IDFA DocLab: idfa.nl/nl/info/doclab en www.idfa.nl/doclab

Submissions to IDFA DocLab 2018 are now open!

We’re looking for all kinds of new media projects ranging from web-documentaries, virtual reality films and games to installations, live performances, and more.

We invite you to submit your interactive and immersive projects to IDFA DocLab 2018. You can submit your project for the upcoming edition via the online submission form between 1 March and 1 August, 2018. We love to hear about your ideas, so you can also get in touch via doclab@idfa.nl if you are working on something that might fit the program.

Regulations

Submitted projects will be considered:
(1) for the two IDFA DocLab Competitions.
(2) as an installation for our festival exhibition.
(3) as a performance at our live cinema events.
(4) for the IDFA DocLab Online Database.
Projects selected for the competition programs are eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling or the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award.
We can view projects on most platforms/devices, including MAC, PC, iOS, Android, Steam, Sony Playstation, Xbox, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive or Google Daydream, and 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 2017. Priority is given to projects that have not yet been presented at other events or festivals.

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.

Submission deadline August 1, 2018.

IDFA DocLab presents How to Dance or Die with Technology

Join us at SXSW for the 10th annual IDFA DocLab showcase at SXSW

As tech addiction is disrupting the human condition, interactive art has become more than just mesmerizing and cool. But could it also disrupt our own behavior and help us redefine our relation to technology? The 10th annual IDFA DocLab Showcase at SXSW invites you to find out, by playing, dancing and dying together with technology. Bring your smartphone and join co-founder of innovation studio LavaLab Klasien van de Zandschulp for a physical round of DuoDisco dancing (don’t forget your headphones!), and hear the crazy story of digital surveillance artist Dries Depoorter and his latest work Die With Me. Created with David Suprenant and presented with IDFA DocLab, Die With Me is a chatroom app for people with less than 5% battery life. Launched in January, as tech was once again proclaimed ‘the new smoking’, this interactive artwork has become one of the biggest viral hits of 2018 so far.

This session is moderated by Ingrid Kopp (Electric South) and Yorinde Segal (IDFA), curated by IDFA DocLab, the New Media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

MAR 14, 2018 | 3:30PM – 4:30PM |Austin Convention Center, ROOM 6AB

See more information here.

Interactive Conference 2017 talks are now online

You can now catch up on all of the talks from the 5th DocLab Interactive Conference, featuring artists and thinkers from across the industry.

The 5th DocLab Interactive Conference at IDFA 2017 brought together leading professionals from the world of art, technology, science and documentary for a day full of inspiring presentations, visions of the future and audience experiments. Listen to talks by Memo Akten, Jonathan Puckey, Micha Wertheim, Yasmin Elayat, Lauren McCarthy, Emilie Baltz, Klasien van de Zandschulp, and IDFA guest of honor Jonathan Harris, and more.


Memo Akten works with computation as a medium, exploring collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion.


Yasmin Elayat is co-founder & creative director at Scatter, an award-winning immersive media studio pioneering a novel approach to VR storytelling called volumetric filmmaking.


Brett Gaylor talks about the “internet of things”, the array of interconnected products flooding our world that range from the supremely stupid to the absolutely terrifying.


Micha Wertheim made theatre history with Somewhere Else (Ergens Anders), When audiences were expecting him to appear for his gig on stage, Micha was actually somewhere else entirely…


Lauren McCarthy explores the smart home, the tensions between intimacy and privacy, and the role of human labor in the future of automation.

You can find the full lineup of talks online here.