IDFA DocLab 2019: new awards, new DocLab Forum, and new locations

    As the 2019 edition of IDFA DocLab approaches, our new media program promises to offer industry professionals a cutting-edge program that celebrates the skill and craft of new media while presenting an integrated approach to knowledge sharing. New developments include more awards in the DocLab competitions, a new collaboration between the Forum and R&D Summit, and an expanded network of DocLab festival locations. Learn more about what’s in store for professionals at IDFA DocLab 2019.

    New Special Jury Award for Creative Technology in DocLab competitions

    For the first time this year, the DocLab competitions are expanding to include a second award: the Special Jury Award for Creative Technology. In addition to the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling and the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award, both competition programs will include this new secondary award, to be granted by the jury for excellence in a competing project.

    In introducing the Special Jury Award for Creative Technology, DocLab seeks to celebrate the courage, skill, and craft of makers who push the boundaries of interactive documentary across disciplines and technologies.

    Expanded IDFA DocLab Forum to include R&D Summit

    This spring, IDFA Forum and DocLab presented plans for the new IDFA DocLab Forum: a comprehensive cross-media market where presented projects can find their way to new partnerships, receive in-depth feedback, and explore new ways to move forward.

    Now, we are pleased to announce that DocLab’s renowned R&D Summit, an expert think tank for further developing the interactive/immersive storytelling industry, will take place this year under the umbrella of the IDFA DocLab Forum.

    As an integral component of IDFA DocLab R&D Program, the Summit’s new home at the Forum will introduce another opportunity for project teams to meet industry experts and potential collaborators who can dramatically shape their future trajectories and potential for success.

    Taking place from November 24 to 26 as part of IDFA Forum, the DocLab Forum will consist of Round Table Pitches, (Demo) Project Presentations, and the R&D Summit. The Summit is by invitation only; the DocLab Forum is open to all guests with IDFA Forum accreditation.

    DocLab moves into diverse new locations in 2019

    As the new IDFA DocLab selection takes shape, to be announced in late October, the program promises to deliver a wide array of projects ranging from live performances and immersive theater to interactive installations and location-based artworks. More and more, IDFA’s new media program will play with physical reality, an undertaking which this year coincides with new DocLab venues throughout Amsterdam.

    This year’s edition of IDFA DocLab will spread to a diversity of locations: Tolhuistuin will serve as the main DocLab venue and the site of the exhibition; Compagnietheater will host the DocLab Interactive Conference on Saturday, November 23; the ARTIS-Planetarium will feature massive dome projections during the IDFA Special DocLab: A Night at the Planetarium; and, among other events, Amsterdam Central Station (Lil' Amsterdam) will house DocLab’s long-running VR cinema and other immersive installations.

    Stay tuned for the full program schedule and complete list of venues, coming in the weeks prior to the festival.

    IDFA DocLab is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, CLICKNL and the Netherlands Film Fund. DocLab research collaborations include the MIT Open Documentary Lab, the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, ARTE, Diversion cinema, and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

    IDFA Forum is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands and Creative Europe Media.

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      IDFA DocLab R&D Program

      • Just like a decade ago, when the internet began to converge with traditional media, the future of interactive and immersive media is once again unknown and being shaped by pioneers working in very different disciplines. That is why IDFA DocLab has opened up its platform and launched a five-year R&D program in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Open Documentary Lab).

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