DocLab Academy

    Navigating the explosion of new narrative forms

    In new media, talent development doesn’t follow a traditional route. Artists can be established in one medium, but beginners in another. And the type of support that can help bring a project to the next level varies widely across disciplines.

    Therefore, DocLab Academy offers a tailor-made program that uses the festival as a living lab for research and development, experimentation and networking.  DocLab Academy is aimed at supporting the growing international ecosystem of artists, developers, scientists and entrepreneurs working across interactive and immersive media and art.

    In 2020, a selection of both established artists and exciting new talents across various disciplines will be invited to participate. These project teams working on a specific new media project each receive a tailor-made program during the festival to advance their work.

    More information about DocLab Academy 2020 will follow soon! Keep an eye on this page.

    DocLab Academy is supported by The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and The Netherlands Film Fund. For information send an e-mail to

    IDFA DocLab is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, CLICKNL, Netherlands Film Fund, Mondriaan Fund, ARTE, Flanders Audiovisual Fund. Tolhuistuin and MIAP Foundation.

    Research Collaborations: MIT Open Documentary Lab and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, POPKRAFT, CreativeXR, Diversion cinema, The Immersive Storytelling Studio (National Theatre) and Het Nieuwe Instituut.