In recent years, a wide range of people working across film, digital arts, science and media have been innovating the documentary genre. Here is a list of people and organisations who we consider important digital pioneers. Through their work, they have been making us think, play and love what digital documentary storytelling has to offer.

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May Abdalla

Interactive Documentary Filmmaker.

Gabo Arora

Thinker, artist, humanitarian and co-creator of the United Nations Virtual Reality film series

Memo Akten

Memo Akten is an artist working with computation as a medium, exploring the collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion.


Alexandre Brachet

E-producer and CEO of Upian.

Jason Brush

Executive Creative Director at POSSIBLE, a leading global design and creative agency.

Arik Bernstein

Founder of Alma Films and a leading force in the Israeli film industry.

Jeremy Boxer

Creative Director Film + Video VIMEO and Director Vimeo Festival and Awards.

Jane Burton

Head of Content and Creative Director for Tate Media, a division of Tate.

Daniel Burwen

Award winning Creative Director and thought-leader on interactive narrative.

Karim Ben Khelifa

Award winning photojournalist moving into Virtual Reality.

Jessica Brillhart

Principal Filmmaker for VR at Google.

Tega Brain

Australian born artist whose eccentric engineering asks questions of ecology, perceptions of environment and computation.


Katerina Cizek

Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms.

Martin John Callanan

Artist & researcher exploring notions of citizenship within the globally connected world.

Paolo Cirio

Artist working with information systems that impact the dynamics of social structures.

Laura Chen

Artist, creative coder, designer & specialized in 3D & virtual reality

Brian Chirls

Creative developer working on experimental interactive documentary technology.


Arnaud Dressen

Co-founder of Honkytonk Films.

Andrew DeVigal

Multimedia editor at The New York Times and founder of Interactive Narratives.

Loc Dao

Executive Producer and Creative Technologist at the National Film Board of Canada.

Bogomir Doringer

Artist exploring fabricated socio-political issues represented by mass media.

Danfung Dennis

Photojournalist, director and founder of Condition One, a technology media startup.

Gabriel Dance

My name is Gabriel Dance. I am originally from Colorado, and currently I live in New York City.

David Dufresne

Independent journalist and filmmaker.

Sam Dolnick

Associate Editor at The New York Times

Dries Depoorter

Media artist and freelance digital creative

Mia Donovan

Filmmaker and interactive documentary maker.


Darren Emerson

Co-founder of East City Films, producer, director & VR creator

Ali Eslami

Computer artist based in Tehran, working with virtual reality technology.

Yasmin Elayat

New media artist, experience designer, and creative technologist working at the intersection of art and technology.


Ze Frank

Online performance artist, humorist, and public speaker, Ze Frank is creator of and many other online play spaces.

Bruno Felix

Co-founder and head of Submarine.


Brett Gaylor

Filmmaker at Mozilla and director of the award-winning Rip! A Remix Manifesto.

Ira Glass

American public radio personality, host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life.

Syb Groeneveld

Head of the e-culture and transmedia department of the Dutch Mediafund.

Adam Gee

Award-winning commissioner of multiplatform interactive projects.

Bianca Giaever

Radio, multimedia, and film producer

Ross Goodwin

Creative technologist exploring the possibilities of artificial intelligence and storytelling

Dima Gharbawi Shaibani

Senior Video Editor at Al Jazeera English


Marshall Heald

Director and producer of a wide array of digital media projects.

Brent Hoff

Director of programming at IFP’s New Media Centre in New York and co-founder of Wholphin DVD.

Jonathan Harris

Artist and computer scientist, assembling vast amounts of data to create large-scale real-time portraits of humanity.

Guillaume Herbaut

Photographer dedicated to historical places revealing unseen tragedies.

Todd Heisler

An award-winning photojournalist, currently a staff photographer for the New York Times.

Elisabeth Holm

Independent producer and Film Program Director at Kickstarter.

Ant Hampton

Performance artist

Reem Haddad

Senior Producer and Filmmaker for Al Jazeera English

Erik van Heeswijk

Chief Editor of Digital at VPRO


Julia Irwin

Brooklyn-based new media artist, researcher and filmmaker.


Keith Jenkins

Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at NPR.

Miranda July

Artist, filmmaker and writer


Alexander Knetig

Editor in chief at ARTE Creative, a platform dedicated to visual and digital art.

Aaron Koblin

Artist specializing in data and digital technologies.

Ingrid Kopp

Director of Interactive at the Tribeca Film Institute

Nikos Katsaounis

Award-winning filmmaker & producer exploring multimedia storytelling.

Sep Kamvar

LG Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT & Director of the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab.

Sara Kolster

Independent designer specialised in digital storytelling.

Hay Kranen

Tinkering and hacking on the thin line between art, technology and narrative.

Michelle Kasprzak

PhD candidate at University of Porto & Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute.

Jason Kottke

Jason Kottke is an American blogger, former web designer, and founder of one of the oldest blogs on the web:


Kadir van Lohuizen

An international photojournalist best known for his long term projects on the seven rivers of the world and the diamond industry.

Marianne Levy Leblond

Head of web productions and transmedia projects at ARTE France.

Édouard Lanctôt-Benoit

Creative developer and a technical director specialized in interactive videos, new media art and installations

Kathleen Lingo

Comissioning Editor, Opinion Video and Series Producer/Curator for The New York Times Op-Docs.

Philippe Lambert

Experimental vocalist, electronic music composer, and interactive art creator.

Amaury La Burthe

Sound designer and founder of AudioGaming


Vincent Morisset

Director and inventor looking for new ways to tell stories.

Rob McLaughlin

Editor-In-Chief, Deputy Publisher and a leading innovator in the field of factual interactive content.

Bjarke Myrthu

On a mission to unleash the power of media and push the limits of storytelling with visuals, audio and interactivity.

Jeremy Mendes

Interactive designer and director at National Film Board of Canada.

Chris Milk

Award-winning artist best known for his music video work.

John MacFarlane

Producer at SBS Australia with a background in journalism, documentary film, media theory and interactive design.

Jigar Mehta

Documentary filmmaker and journalist working on developing tools for collaborative journalism.

Koert van Mensvoort

Artist and philosopher. Director of Next Nature Network.

Margaux Missika

Interactive Producer at Upian.

Katy Morrison

Owner at VRTOV, Documentary, Virtual Reality, Immersive Media.

Kyle McDonald

Artist working with code as medium and theme.

Vincent McCurley

Creative Technologist for the National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio

Lauren McCarthy

Artist exploring current social and technological systems and structures for interacting with other people.

Luna Maurer

Interactive designer and co-founder of Moniker

Janet H. Murray

Associate Dean and Professor of Digital Media at Georgia Tech


Opeyemi Olukemi

Senior Director Interactive at Tribeca Film Institute.


Tommy Pallotta

Director and producer fusing new technologies with filmmaking, animation and interactivity.

Nina Maria Paschalidou

Award-winning documentary filmaker, producer and an acclaimed Greek journalist.

Kira Pollack

Kira Pollack, director of photography at TIME.

Nonny de la Peña

CEO of emblematic group and fondly nicknamed the godmother of virtual reality

Jonathan Puckey

Interactive designer based in Amsterdam


Jan Rothuizen

Dutch visual artist who describes his way of working as a form of echolocation.

Boris Razon

Head of new writing and transmedia at France Télévisions.

Alexander Reben

Artist and robotisist interested in human-machine relationships.

Oscar Raby

Multimedia Artist.

Amy Rose

Documentary Film and Installation Designer.

Nicholas S. Roy

Interactive director

Joel Ronez

Digital Media Producer and Curator.


Hugues Sweeney

Executive Producer at National Film Board of Canada.

Stefano Strocchi

Producer dedicated to experimental documentary projects.

Ziv Schneider

New Media Artist

Ben Solomon

International video journalist, filmmaker and writer for The New York Times.

Jason Spingarn-Koff

Jason Spingarn-Koff is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker and journalist

Jeff Soyk

Media artist with experience in creative direction, UI/UX design, HTML/CSS/JS and film/video.

Paisley Smith

Paisley Smith is a Canadian filmmaker, virtual reality director, and creative producer based in Los Angeles and Vancouver.


Florian Thalhofer

Media artist, documentary filmmaker, and inventor and architect of the Korsakow System.

Osnat Trabelsi

Founder of Trabelsi Productions, producing critical, creative and politically moving documentaries.

Lena Thiele

Creative director and cross-media producer at Gebrueder Beetz.


William Uricchio

Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, Principal Investigator of MIT’s Open Documentary Lab, and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University.


Antoine Viviani

Young French filmmaker and producer exploring the possibilities of new media storytelling.

Thijs van Vuure

Artist and biologist combining science, art, and philosophy.

Sander Veenhof

An Amsterdam based new media artist researching new models of interaction and communication.

Angelo Vermeulen

Space systems researcher, biologist, artist & community organizer.


Femke Wolting

Co-founder and head of Submarine.

Lance Weiler

Storyteller and entrepreneur mixing storytelling and technology.

Zach Wise

Associate professor at Northwestern University and former multimedia producer for The New York Times.

Sarah Wolozin

Director, MIT Open Documentary Lab

Thomas Wallner

Founder and owner of DEEP Inc.

Roel Wouters

Independent conditional designer and director in the field of interaction, media design and film.

Zillah Watson

Editor at BBC Research & Development

Micha Wertheim

Stand-up comedian, writer and satirist.



ARTE is a European public-service cultural television channel that targets audiences from different cultural backgrounds, in particular French and German.


Digital production studio creating cinematic interactivity and unconventional storytelling.


Anagram is a creative studio who make immersive experiences, bringing together digital interaction and non-fiction storytelling



The CNC promotes, distributes, and supports projects across the French film, television, video, and multimedia industry.

Condition One

Technology startup developing immersive experiences for next generation virtual reality devices.

Cognito Comics

Interactive storytelling studio exploring the intersection of comics, games, graphic novels, and e-books.


Google Creative Labs

A place to explore and play around with prototypes of some of Google’s wild and crazy ideas.


Gapminder is unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view.

Gaîté Lyrique

Cultural venue dedicated to digital cultures, digital arts and current music.

The Guardian

British national daily newspaper with international and online/interactive offshoots.



An interactive production studio based in Paris, Honkytonk develops, produces, and distributes multimedia documentary films.

Helios Design Labs

A multi-disciplinary design studio



The official new media program of IDFA, showcasing new forms of documentary storytelling, digital technology, and media art.

IDFA Forum

International co-financing market for documentaries and Europe’s largest gathering of filmmakers, TV commissioning editors, and documentary producers.

Innerspace VR

Digital development studio working on story-driven virtual reality experiences



An award winning collaborative interactive production studio, Jam3 blends creativity with technical wizardry.



Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects.



Mediafonds stimulates the creation of innovative cultural and media content via radio, television and Internet public media institutions.

Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla’s mission is to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.


Mediastorm is an award-winning multimedia production studio with a focus on creating cinematic narratives for distribution across a variety of platforms.


MEDIA Desk Netherlands helps to promote and administer the European Union’s MEDIA Programme in the Netherlands.


Interactive design studio researching the social effects of technology.

Marshmallow Laser Feast

Creative studio exploring the line between virtual and real-world experiences


National Film Board of Canada

The Award-winning National Film Board of Canada produces and distributes bold and innovative documentary, animation, alternative drama, and and digital media productions.


A thriving media organization at the forefront of digital innovation, NPR creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 900 independent stations.

The New York Times

The New York Times is the largest metropolitan newspaper in the United States, regarded as the national newspaper of record.



Paris based production company dedicated to transmedia, web documentaries, linear documentaries and cinema.



Amsterdam-based production company Submarine always explores new forms of visual storytelling.

Stamen Design

Stamen is a design and technology studio in San Francisco.


Bringing creatives together to meet and share ideas, whether it is music, film, or the internet.

The Smartphone Orchestra

An orchestra in which every person in the audience and their smartphone plays a unique part.


Tribeca New Media Fund

The TFI New Media Fund looks for social issue media projects that use non-traditional and dynamic storytelling platforms to engage audiences.

Tribeca Film Institute

Supporter of individual artists in the field, empowering filmmakers through grants and professional development.



Upian has produced or co-produced some of the most highly regarded web documentaries



VPRO is a Dutch multimedia broadcaster known for its radio, television, internet and guide programming.

VICE Media

VICE is a global media channel focusing on investigative journalism and counter-culture videos