DocLab organizes several industry events for accredited professionals during the festival. Take a look at what's on below.
In addition to the interactive exhibition, a VR Gallery, a planetarium program, live cinema events, and various immersive installations and performances, IDFA DocLab has a special new media industry program on offer for accredited guests. During the festival, to disseminate and exchange knowledge, IDFA DocLab and IDFA DocLab Forum organize a new media focused Industry Talk and the R&D Summit, an event for professionals filled with cross-sector expert meetings.
These events bring together professionals across different corners of the emerging media field, from digital art, gaming, and immersive XR to physical exhibition, theater, dome projection, and cinema. DocLab Forum is our curated new media market for projects looking for partners and feedback on their artwork that is still being developed. 17 project teams will present their works to curators, distributors, exhibition platforms, funds, and XR producers. This year we have two consultants at the DocLab Forum for observing XR producers: Francesca Panetta and Paul Bouchard, who offer specific advice on all aspects of the immersive and interactive business, such as distribution, sales, building strategic partnerships, project ideation and conceptualisation.
The events for professionals include networking cocktails, breakfasts, and lunches, to meet fellow industry guests and connect with artists, developers, funders, scientists, and entrepreneurs working in interactive and immersive content.
IDFA DocLab is supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy of the Netherlands, CLICKNL, Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds, Netherlands Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, VIVE, VIVEPORT, A Lab and Special Friends+.
DocLab research collaboration partners are MIT Open Documentary Lab, Beeld en Geluid, ARTIS-Planetarium, CreativeXR, Diversion cinema, Het Nieuwe Instituut, POPKRAFT, The Immersive Storytelling Studio (National Theatre), Cie Gilles Jobin, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond and Tolhuistuin.