About the DocLab Program

    Every year, DocLab showcases a wide range of interactive projects in the DocLab Expo plus a series of Live Cinema Events

    Since 2007, the IDFA DocLab program showcases the best interactive non-fiction storytelling and explores how the digital revolution is reshaping documentary art. For those interested in the creative potential of digital technology, virtual reality and interactive media, the program offers a wide range of events for both the general audience and adventurous documentary lovers, as well as for key industry players and emerging creators.

    IDFA DocLab Competitions
    Each year an international jury is invited to give out the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling as well as the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award. The two competitions are open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from web docs, apps, and virtual reality projects to data art, multimedia journalism, installations and live performances.

    The annual DocLab Exhibition showcases around 30 installations and interactive projects, including the projects selected for the competition. Over the course of eleven days, audiences are invited to discover the latest interactive documentaries, explore immersive installations and play with some of today's most exciting new technologies. Previous works shown in the exhibition include Gaza/Sderot, Prison Valley, HIGHRISE, Robots in Residence, Alma, a Tale of Violence, I Love Your Work, Somebody, Serial, The Enemy, DMZ: Memories of No Man’s Land, Notes on Blindness, Follower and many more.

    Live Cinema Events
    The most exciting and unpredictable nights of the program are undoubtedly the live cinema events. These one-off interactive evenings each approach a certain topic in their own style, ranging from interactive showcases and artist talks, to experimental multimedia performances with live music, and contributions from the audience. Over the years the program has included immersive audience experiments by Anagram (A Glitch in Time), Moniker (Crowd Assessment) and Duncan Speakman, musical cinema experiences like #Alleman, Dreams and Bear 71 Live as well as world premieres of the collective VR experience Shared Individual, {The And} Live and This American Life with Ira Glass.

    Interactive Conference
    How do we explore digital behaviour and redefine physical space and the art of documentary storytelling in the digital age? Every year, the one-day Interactive Conference brings together leading artists and thinkers from the world of art, technology, science and documentary to share their visions on documentaries and interactive media art. Past speakers include Jonathan Harris (We Feel Fine / I Love Your Work), Marianne Levy Leblond (ARTE France), Vincent Morisset (BlaBla / Just a Reflektor), Kira Pollack (TIME Magazine), Ingrid Kopp (Tribeca), Adnaan Wasey (POV Digital), Francesca Panetta (The Guardian), Thomas Wallner (Deep Inc), Jessica Brillhart (Google Creative Lab), Jason Spingarn Koff (Netflix), Bianca Giaever (This American Life), William Uricchio (MIT), Gabo Arora (UN/VRSE), Errol Morris, Kathleen Lingo (New York Times) and Rem Koolhaas.

    Industry Events
    Every year there are also various industry events, networking opportunities and panels where key players, creators and new media professionals come together to discuss the future of digital storytelling, virtual reality and interactive media. Find out more about the Immersive Network, the IDFA DocLab Forum and DocLab Academy.

    DocLab 2016

    DocLab is made possible by the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, CLICKNL, the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, The Netherlands Film Fund, Diversion, and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

    DocLab research collaborations: MIT Open Doc Lab and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.