DocLab Academy is a five-day international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media. The program addresses a variety of challenges and opportunities through one-on-one meetings, exclusive workshops and portfolio reviews by international new media pioneers.
Each year 25 participants are challenged to explore questions such as: What is the creative potential of new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and interactive media? How do you chose the right medium for the story you want to tell? How can you use the endless possibilities of the internet without getting lost? And how do you finance interactive documentaries, find the right partners, and reach your audience?
The 2017 program included workshops and masterclasses by Opeyemi Olukemi, Zillah Watson, Jonathan Harris, Duncan Speakman, audio collective Schik, Klasien van de Zandschulp, Lava Lab, Submarine and others.
DocLab Academy is an initiative of IDFA’s new media program DocLab and Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond, held November 17-21 2017 and is supported by The Netherlands Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and Sonos.