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The Holy Road

An interactive web documentary about the people who live – with and alongside each other – along the ‘holiest’ but also most contested road through Israel and Palestine: Route 60.

Route 60 – The Holy Road – has many identities. Depending on your passport, you may or may not use certain parts of it. Running south to north, Route…

Homescape

A dark and eerie night time walk in the outskirts of the Israeli village.

Homescape is a dark and eerie night time walk in the outskirts of the Israeli village. Walking through fields, encountering animals, abandoned buildings…

I Saw the Future

Witness Arthur C. Clarke’s prophetic 1964 speech – predicting many of the technologies in our lives today – in this experimental VR film.

In 1964, Arthur C. Clarke, the co-writer of Stanley Kubrick's on 2001: A Space Odyssey, reveals his vision of the future. By revisiting the signal transmitted…

A Whaling Season in Alaska

A deep dive into the lives of the last Alaskan whale hunters, and a sensitive look at the harsh changes underway in the Arctic.

The oil giant Shell is preparing to drill for the first time in the Arctic Ocean off the shore of Alaska, promising to manage the risk of a spill. The…

I SPY (with my 5 eyes)

This interactive documentary reveals how the largest surveillance program in human history impacts our lives.

The Five Eyes Alliance is a secretive, global intelligence arrangement between the governments of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United…

The Party

See the world through the eyes of Layla, an autistic 15-year-old girl, as she deals with a busy social setting, a surprise birthday party for her mum.

Recent scientific research has found that autism presents far more frequently in women than previously thought. This has resulted in many autistic women…

Lionhearted

8 Year old Rida tells us about her journey, the difficulties of her escape from Afghanistan, and her dark past overshadowed by the Taliban.

Rida is 8 years old. The extroverted girl fled with her family from Pakistan to Europe. She is now living in Hotel City Plaza, a self-organised refugee…

Step to the Line

A virtual reality documentary that aims to provoke a transformation in the spectator’s eyes about prisoners, the prison system, and even themselves.

Shot entirely on location in California maximum security prisons, Step to the Line is a virtual reality documentary that aims to provoke a transformation…

Notes to My Father

A story of love, grief and reconciliation between a survivor of trafficking and her father.

From Kadiri, the so-called “trafficker’s stalking grounds” of Andhra Pradesh, Ramadevi was trafficked to a brothel in Maharashtra. She had been married…

Home In Between

A 360-degree documentary about the people of Kara Tepe, a refugee-camp on the Greek island of Lesvos.

Home in Between is a 360-degree documentary about the people of Kara Tepe, a refugee-camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. By following several people that…

I Am Rohingya

Experience Jamalida’s life inside a regufee camp and watch an account of how she fled the violence in Myanmar in an immersive animation.

Jamalida loves to dance. She sometimes gets the chance at a wedding or a local celebration, even though she lives in a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Experience…

Melting Ice

Join Al Gore on an immersive 3D-360 experience to the frontlines of climate change on the melting ice caps of Greenland.

The health of the planet faces a precipice as global climate change continues to reshape the environment and destroy delicate ecosystems across the world.…

We Who Remain

An immersive virtual reality film that takes the viewer into the heart of the forgotten conflict in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

In 2011, war broke out between the Sudan government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. Today,…

After Solitary

An experience that places the viewer physically and emotionally inside an otherwise inaccessible world.

After Solitary, a collaboration between Emblematic Group and PBS’ investigative series FRONTLINE, is a virtual reality experience that places the viewer…

Unrest VR

An immersive journey into the experience of an invisible illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Unrest VR is an immersive journey into Jennifer’s experience of an invisible illness, myalgic encephalomyelitis, Unrest VR contrasts the painful solitary…

Testimony

A virtual reality documentary that shares the stories of five survivors of sexual assault and their journey to healing.

Beyond just a film, Testimony is an advocacy platform to allow the public to bear witness to those who have been silenced. The Brock Turner case, Bill…

Project Adrift

Adrift engages with the mysteries and contradictions of space junk.

Project Adrift reveals the hidden world of space junk in a three-part experience, comprising: WATCH: a short documentary film ‘Adrift’; ADOPT; a spacebot…

Zero Days VR

Experience the high stakes of cyber warfare from inside the invisible world of computer viruses.

Based on the Participant Media feature-length documentary Zero Days, Scatter's award-winning, immersive VR documentary Zero Days VR experience visualizes…

Tree

This virtual-reality project transforms you into a rainforest tree. With your arms as branches and your body as the trunk, you’ll experience the tree’s lifecycle.

This haptically enhanced virtual reality experience transforms you into a majestic rainforest tree. With your arms as branches and body as a trunk, you’ll…

Inside Manus

This virtual reality experience takes you inside the devastating reality of life in Manus Island immigration detention centre.

Inside Manus combines the powerful testimony of refugees currently being held in Australia’s Manus Island immigration detention centre with the immersive…

FIGHT

Witness a phenomenon known as binocular rivalry in this virtual reality artwork.

FIGHT is a Virtual Reality artwork in which the viewer’s two eyes are individually presented with radically different images, resulting in a phenomenon…

Tajen: Interactive

A web documentary made by visual anthropologists, using different modes of representation to evoke and explain the cultural, historical, and psychological aspects of cockfighting in Bali.

Cockfighting is an ancient and controversial blood sport practiced around the world. Tajen Interactive, a web documentary made by visual anthropologists, uses…

One Shared House

A radical experiment in communal living is explored in this interactive research project by Irene Pereyra.

Thirty years ago, eight women embarked on a radical experiment in urban living: they built a communal house in central Amsterdam in which practically everything…

The Space We Hold

Witness the stories of “the Grandmothers”—women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese army during World War II.

The interactive web documentary The Space We Hold is a direct provocation to audiences to bear witness to the testimonies of three former “comfort women”…

Future Living

This interactive experience gives web users a chance to come together and chose the living spaces of the future.

All over the world, cities are towering up and sprawling out, following a standardised urban model. But there are other ways to inhabit our world that…

The Final Days of Standing Rock

Follow Lakota Tammy Howard in the last days of the 2016 protests against the construction of an oil pipeline at Standing Rock Reservation.

In the fall of 2016, thousands of Sioux and their supporters gathered in the Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota, to protest against the construction…

I’m Your Man

A digital adaptation of an award-winning theatre play, I’m Your Man is an interactive story about the world of boxing in Australia.

I’m Your Man follows the true story of Billy Dib – a 30-year-old Muslim-Australian boxer from Greenacre, who follows his dream to become a world featherweight…

Life Underground

Encounter passengers and hear their personal stories of love, dreams, family, and migration in this interactive documentary.

Life Underground is an interactive web documentary that takes viewers on a journey through the subways of the world and into the minds of their passengers.…

The Congo Tribunal

The Congo Tribunal examines the causes and backgrounds of the Congo War in a unique transmedia art project.

For more than 20 years an inexplicable Civil War is turning a territory as big as western Europe into hell on earth. Triggered by the Rwandan genocide…

Trophy Camera v0.9

An A.I. driven photo camera that can only make award winning pictures. Test it yourself.

A photographic image is never objective. That is of course mostly due the human factor: the way a photographer captures reality (by framing what is in…

BotStory: The Futurist Cookbook

Become a co-writer of The Futurist Cookbook. A chatbot will match you with a mystery chef to write a collaborative futurist recipe.

The Futurist Cookbook was published in 1932 by the poet and art historian Filippo Tommaso Marinetti and the artist Fillìa. Disguised as a cookbook, this…

Patent Alert

Experience what the smart glasses of the future will offer. Are we actually heading in the right direction?

Science fiction is closer than you think. Without our knowing it, big companies like Google and Microsoft are registering patents for advanced smart glasses,…

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60 seconds: that’s the maximum length of each of these 10 web-based interactive experiences, which you can open up on your smart phone wherever and whenever you choose.

60 seconds: that’s the maximum length of each of these 10 web-based interactive experiences, which you can open on your smartphone wherever and whenever…

W/O/R/K

A participatory experience about the power of being a cog in a beautiful machine.

It’s a common complaint that mobile phones isolate us from one another. So the Dutch creators of the Smartphone Orchestra joined forces with the British…

Echoes of IS

This poignant, nuanced web documentary features 12 people talking about how IS has changed their lives.

Why do young Muslims head to Syria? What’s it like to be a Syrian refugee in the Netherlands? What does it do to you if your son dies in the caliphate?…

Poppy Interactive

A protracted investigation into the nexus between war and organized crime, brought together in an interactive documentary that exposes an extensive network.

As we discover in this interactive documentary, the nexus between war and organized crime is tight and complex. Documentary makers Antionette de Jong and…

I Swear to Tell the Truth

A combination of audio guide, documentary and physical experience, inviting you to participate in a playful journey exploring your own personal perception of truth.

Who do you believe is telling the truth, and why do you believe them? I Swear to Tell the Truth uses a combination of audio guide, documentary and physical…

Limbo

What is it like to flee your home and start again in a new country? This virtual reality film allows you to feel this period of limbo, waiting for a decision that will affect the rest of your life.

The refugee crisis has challenged Europe. Media coverage has been extensive but despite the many heart wrenching accounts there seems to be no broad social…

Somewhere Else

The recording of an experiment with which comedian Micha Wertheim made theater history: he wasn’t onstage for his gig, but somewhere else.

The bigger the audiences for Dutch comedian Micha Wertheim’s shows became, the less he had to do to make them laugh. In one early show, he suggested…

{The And} VR

Watch a gripping conversation in VR between a mother and daughter as they answer a series of confrontational questions.

The setup is simple: a mother on the left, her daughter on the right and a stack of cards between them. In the VR documentary {The And} VR, the women take…

Bob

Was Bob really the love of 84-year-old Elisa’s life, or is he the product of a faulty memory?

This six-part podcast by audio collective SCHIK goes in search of the love of 84-year-old Elisa’s life, examining the complex way our memories work.…

Learning to See: Hello World!

An interactive installation that shows how machine learning works by rapidly comparing patterns and distilling an image from them.

When activated, an artificial deep neural network is like a newborn baby. Just as the new human brain is fitted with millions of synapses, an artificial…

Dance Tonite

Dance Tonite is an ever-changing VR music video made by LCD Soundsystem and their fans.

Dancing fans of LCD Soundsystem create the content of this dynamic music video for the song "Tonite” by contributing colorful, moving, and abstract dances…

Astronaut.io

A funny, moving and confrontational interactive collage of snapshots from thousands of YouTube films that are rarely or never viewed.

Not all videos posted on YouTube are meant to get worldwide exposure: some are cast into the digital world, but never watched. Who really wants to sit…

A Thin Black Line

This interactive VR experience follows five-year-old Patima’s perspective as she flees the violence of war.

Patima is five years old when the bombing of Darwin takes place in 1942. It's the worst air attack on Australia during all of World War II. Previously…

Bloodless

These South Korean streets in 360 degrees may come across as calm and serene at first, but they actually hide lurid and brutal indifference.

An abandoned street in South Korea: harsh neon lights, hard fluorescence casts from night shops and the clicking of high-heels echoes between the buildings.…

Greenland Melting

Let two NASA scientists show you around Greenland. Why have the glaciers been melting so fast over the past 15 years?

Over the past 15 years, Greenland’s glaciers have melted more quickly than in the 70 years before. The process is suddenly going much faster than predicted.…

The Cave

An overwhelming virtual reality experience that gives the sensation of exploring one of the stunningly painted Mogao caves in China.

Unfortunately, a visit to the impressive Mogao caves isn't within reach for everyone. Even if the great distance to North China isn’t enough of an obstacle,…

K’gari

An interactive documentary that debunks one of Australia’s first fake news stories by exposing the Aboriginal version of events.

In 1836, a British ship captained by James Fraser was wrecked on the Australian island of K’gari. His wife Eliza was also on board, and it's her story—or…

Cosmic Top Secret

Puzzle together a secret agent’s past over six levels, through dossiers, shooting practice and uncomfortable conversations between him and his daughter.

Secrets exist in every parent-child relationship, but what happens when the relationship also involves a secret occupation? This game takes you with "T"…

Deep Down Tidal

Internet isn’t in the air, but rather in 880,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables on the ocean floor that trace old communication routes.

It may feel as if the internet is up in the clouds, but in actual fact it's at the bottom of the ocean, in the form of 880,000 kilometers of fiber-optic…

Ex Nihilo

This contemplative installation zooms in on three companies trying to exercise control over—or even overcome—life and death.

This contemplative installation zooms in on three companies that are attempting to push the boundaries of human life. The title Ex Nihilo refers to the…

The Last Chair

In a satisfyingly calm 360-degree documentary, we are silent witnesses of solitary rural lives as they draw to an end.

On an isolated farm in the Dutch province of Drenthe, the elderly Egbert is living out his last days. He has neither TV nor internet, and his only contact…

Lauren

Lauren McCarthy attempts to win back control from technology by making herself into a human smart home system.

We live in houses full of smart devices with automatic surveillance cameras and sensors. They offer us convenience at the cost of privacy and our own control…

Watertight

Created with 3D printing, 12 miniature portraits of New Yorkers who live alone offer a cross-section of the single occupant household, currently the dominant mode of living in Manhattan.

Over the past 50 years, the number of people in the average household has fallen drastically. For the first time in the history of the Western world, the…

Potato Dreams

Images of melancholy, fear and love from the Soviet Union surround us in this theatrical and intimate VR documentary.

How do you tell the story of a Russian mother and son who fled their harsh existence in the Soviet Union to build a new life in the United States? You…

Everything

Whoever you are, whatever you are and where ever you are, you’re in the middle. That’s the game.

At first, you’re a bear. Then a fir tree, then a succulent and then a rock. And the transformations just keep on going—from a single-celled organism…

Bury Me, My Love

In this surprising, interactive smartphone app, you play Majd from Syria, whose young wife is trying to escape to Europe.

This surprising, interactive smartphone app was developed as a game in which the user takes on the role of Majd from Syria, whose young wife Nour is trying…

Homestay

A moving virtual reality story in a world of delicately folded paper, about a Canadian family and their unexpected experience with a Japanese exchange student.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of international students head for Canada to study. Many of them rent a room with a host family to make the most of the…

It Must Have Been Dark by Then

Follow your instincts: that’s the advice during this audio tour, in which a map without roads leads you to your own significant places.

Follow your instincts: that’s the advice during this audio walk—a guided tour, exploration and literary experience all in one. Your instincts take…
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Expert Meeting: Interactive Documentary Preservation

Invite-only expert session on the preservation of interactive documentary art.

The interactive documentary genre is evolving at a faster pace than ever before - both technically and artistically. However, with the rise of new platforms…

Immersive Network Summit

The Immersive Network Summit brings together experts from all corners of the interactive and immersive storytelling industry.

The Immersive Network Summit is an international think tank event bringing together experts from all corners of the interactive and immersive storytelling…

DocLab Expo: Uncharted Rituals

The 11th edition of IDFA DocLab takes place 16-26 November 2017 in the center of Amsterdam.

Robots and computers are acting more and more like people. They’re driving around in cars, hooking us up with new lovers and talking to us out of the…

Jonathan Harris Retrospective & Top 10

IDFA will present the world’s first retrospective of Jonathan Harris’ work including his early sketchbooks, interactive works, and his latest project about rituals.

In honor of American internet art pioneer Jonathan Harris, IDFA is presenting an exhibition that brings together 10 projects he created in the last 15…

Financing Market: IDFA Crossmedia Forum 2017

New media projects will be pitched for a broad audience of attending broadcasters and other decision makers from around the world.

The IDFA Forum is one of the most important co-financing and co-production markets in the international documentary industry. Its annual Crossmedia Pitching…

DocLab Live: Machine Rituals

Live cinema event about artificial intelligence and the intangible dance between man and machine.

Robots and computers are more and more alike to people. But would they agree we're like them? An evening of live performances and bizarre experiments,…

Industry Session: Making VR Work for Audiences

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

Using insights from her recent report for the Reuters Journalism Institute “VR for News: The New Reality” and recent BBC audience research, Zillah…

DocLab Interactive Conference (Live Stream)

Live stream of the annual DocLab Interactive Conference, which brings together digital pioneers, artists and thinkers for a day of inspiring presentations and visions of the future.

The annual DocLab Interactive Conference brings together digital pioneers, artists and thinkers for a day full of inspiring presentations, visions of the…

DocLab Live: Bloodless – Guided by the Ghost of a Korean Sex Worker

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.

A special presentation by EYE of VR installation Bloodless, which was awarded in Venice. Director Gina Kim and guests discuss the influence American soldiers…

DocLab: Interactive Conference

The 5th DocLab Interactive Conference brings together leading artists and thinkers from the world of art, technology, science and documentary.

The annual DocLab Interactive Conference brings together digital pioneers, artists and thinkers for a day full of inspiring presentations, visions of the…

DocLab Live: Order, Chaos and Everything

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

The digital age has brought us infinite amounts of - conflicting and mostly unsatisfying - answers the biggest questions in life. When the old maps of…

DocLab Live: Orchestrated Rituals

A playful night full of interactive projects and apps questioning our everyday digital behaviour. Please bring your filter bubble and a charged phone!

Addicted to our smartphones, we're more trapped in our virtual filter bubbles than ever before. So it's high time for a playful quest for new digital rituals…

DocLab Live: Somewhere Else

A recording of the experiment that wrote theatre history: he wasn’t present on stage, but was somewhere else. During this one-off screening Micha Wertheim will – for one time only – actually be there.

The bigger the audiences for Dutch comedian Micha Wertheim’s shows became, the less he had to do to make them laugh. In one early show, he suggested…

DocLab Live: Bob

For its world premiere, the engrossing radio documentary series Bob is turned into an intimate and interactive multimedia performance.

Way back when, her next door neighbor Bob was Elisa's great love. Now she's 84 years old and suffering from dementia. Did Bob really exist or is he a figment…

DocLab Live: Uncharted Rituals Opening Night

Make sure your phone is charged for this festive opening night, featuring Top 10 curator Jonathan Harris and live performances

Make sure your phone is charged for the festive opening night of DocLab: Uncharted Rituals. Featuring presentations by a.o. IDFA's Top 10 curator Jonathan…
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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.

IDFA DocLab 2017 Awards

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the two IDFA DocLab competitions. Have a look at the full jury reports below.

IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling The jury of the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling consisted of Hugues Sweeney…

The DocLab 2017 selection has been announced!

This year DocLab explores the ritualistic behaviours created around the interaction between humans and technology.

IDFA DocLab Volunteers 2017

Support the festival and expand your knowledge of new media!

Call for entry IDFA DocLab, DocLab Academy, Crossmedia Forum

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

Open Call for DocLab Academy 2017 Participants

You can apply to DocLab Academy 2017!

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!

Call For Entries IDFA DocLab 2017

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

FAQ

Common 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…

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…

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