Digital and interactive storytelling at IDFA 2014

July 4, 2014 | Since 2008, IDFA explores the future of non-fiction storytelling with its DocLab program and the Forum for crossmedia projects. This year, in collaboration with De Brakke Grond, the festival will present the biggest interactive storytelling program yet.

The program will include a special focus on virtual reality and the convergence of digital and physical reality. Please mark the following dates and deadlines. We look forward to consider your interactive, transmedia and virtual reality projects.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
Send us your web-documentaries, interactive storytelling apps, web-series and transmedia projects. Every year, the 15 best projects compete for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, consisting of a €2,500 prize. Previous winners and nominees include Highrise, Bear 71, Alma, a Tale of Violence, Hollow and Jonathan Harris' I Love Your Work.
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Entry form: MyIDFA

IDFA Forum for Crossmedia projects
The Forum, IDFA's international co-financing and co-production market, provides a platform for interactive and crossmedia projects seeking funders and professional input. In recent years critically acclaimed projects such as Gaza/Sderot, Prison Valley and 24h Berlin were pitched at the Forum.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Entry form: MyIDFA

IDFA DocLab: Immersive Reality
In co-production with interdisciplinary arts centre De Brakke Grond, IDFA presents Immersive Reality: a continuous festival exhibition, series of live cinema events and industry meetings and a one-day conference, exploring the art of non-fiction storytelling in the age of the interface. Themes include data stories, interactive storytelling, neuroscience, surveillance and virtual reality. Please submit projects and proposals via the regular festival entry form or get in touch via doclab@idfa.nl.
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Entry form: MyIDFA

IDFA DocLab Academy
In co-production with De Brakke Grond and IDFAcademy, interdisciplinary storytelling talents will be offered an intensive training program and unique network opportunities to meet with some of the world's leading digital and documentary pioneers November 20-25. Further details and a call for participants will be published on September 1.

Main Festival Dates
IDFA DocLab takes place in the heart of Amsterdam during the IDFA festival, which will have its 27th edition November 19-30, 2014. The IDFA DocLab Interactive Conference will be held on Sunday, November 23. The Crossmedia Forum is part of IDFA Forum, held November 24-26. The deadline for IDFA's festival accreditation is October 10.
Accreditation form: MyIDFA

More details about all interactive events will be published online in August at www.idfa.nl/doclab. Stay tuned!
IDFA DocLab's Caspar Sonnen receives EDN Award 2015 March 23, 2015 | Last Friday, the 11th EDN Award was presented to IDFA's own Caspar Sonnen, for "his pioneering commitment to interactive documentary work".
In Memory of Albert Maysles March 7, 2015 | With great sadness IDFA has learned of the death of filmmaker Albert Maysles at the age of 88. With his passing, the documentary world has lost a true inspirator.
Film entry is open March 3, 2015 | With great pleasure IDFA announces that Film Entry for the 2015 festival is now open! Again, more than 250 documentaries will be selected, running the gamut from international audience favorites to artistic experiments along the fringes of the genre. Deadlines are May 1 and August 1.
CITIZENFOUR wins Oscar for Best Documentary February 23, 2015 | Laura Poitras' documentary on Edward Snowden CITIZENFOUR, a highlight of IDFA 2014's Of Media and Men program, won the Oscar for Best Documentary last night.
Call for submission IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop February 17, 2015 | IDFA and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund encourage creative, experienced filmmakers to enter their film plans for the IDFA-Mediafonds Workshop 2015. The deadline for entry is April 6. Please note: Only Dutch speaking participants are eligible for this workshop.
Attend IDFAcademy Summer School February 1, 2015 | Entry for the IDFAcademy Summer School 2015, which will take place June 29-July 4 in the heart of Amsterdam, is now open.

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