IDFA DocLab Forum is the Forum's dedicated showcase for creators working on interactive and immersive documentary projects in all stages of development and production. Arranged in collaboration with IDFA’s new media program DocLab, the DocLab Forum invites new media projects to present their projects to an established group of industry stakeholders, while also identifying and serving the specific needs of creative teams telling stories through interactive and immersive technologies.
To best suit the needs of the projects and presentation teams, the market offers different presentation formats tailored to each project. Read more about the possible presentation formats and how the market is set up below.
Please note that creative film projects with theatrical potential are welcome to apply to the IDFA Forum.
This year’s edition will be a comprehensive live event that welcomes professionals from the film and new media field to take part in person in a new venue: Felix Meritis. Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s historic Jordaan district, steps from the festival center, the new location will house both IDFA Forum and Docs for Sale under the same roof for the first time. A dynamic marketplace focused on bringing the industry together, the location will welcome artists, XR producers, filmmakers, industry representatives, financiers, and observers to physically attend on site.
For the DocLab Forum, that means—as always—a commitment to careful matchmaking between new media artists and potential collaborators and funders. As in previous editions, selected teams will present their projects to a group of potential co-production and co-financing partners in the new Forum venue Felix Meritis, with the presentation setup tailored to individual needs. Curated one-on-one meetings with interested parties will also take place in Amsterdam at Felix Meritis.
To accommodate those who are unable to travel, we will facilitate online participation in project presentations and meetings where necessary, and provide recordings of key presentations and industry talks after each event.
In the overview below, you can find the most up-to-date information about the DocLab Forum presentation categories: the DocLab Forum Pitch and the one-on-one meetings. For fees associated with presenting your project at IDFA DocLab Forum, please see the IDFA Forum checklist.
For projects in development, production or demo stage.
Approximately 15-20 project teams (consisting of the two main creators, usually the producer and creative artist or the producer and director) present the project to a hand-picked panel of maximum three new media representatives and an audience of industry professionals. This presentation is an opportunity to discuss the content and form of the project and discover which relevant steps can take the project further. Project teams get 15 minutes total for their presentation: The presentation, including visual material such as a trailer or other visuals referring to the project, lasts around 8 minutes; the following 5 minutes are set aside for feedback from the panel. All presentations can be customized to fit the needs of the team and the project. Upon selection, the DocLab Forum team will get in touch with all projects to discuss their pitch.
The pitches are followed up by tailor-made one-on-one meetings.
Additional to the DocLab Forum pitches, one-on-one meetings between all selected project teams and various potential partners such as funding, exhibition, and distribution partners; co-producers; and festivals are organized. Over the course of the market days, places are reserved for approximately 1,000 prearranged one-on-one meetings for all Forum projects. In case a project has a demo ready, it can be showcased during these meetings with potential collaborators.
At this year's on-site event, meetings will be arranged in person in Amsterdam on Monday November 14 and Tuesday November 15 in the afternoons, and on Wednesday November 16 during the day.
IDFA facilitates which industry represenatives give feedback on the specific pitches and attend the one-on-one meetings based on the following criteria: input from industry representatives who indicate upfront which pitches they would like to attend and which projects to meet; input from the project teams; and the matchmaking expertise of the Forum team. In order to inform all participants in time about the projects, project information will be distributed several weeks before the Forum kicks off.
IDFA DocLab Forum values the process of transparent knowledge sharing, which helps the international documentary and new media community connect, grow, and flourish. By creating a platform where both seasoned and less experienced participants can learn, share, and interrogate documentary trends, the DocLab Forum contributes to an open and diverse documentary and new media network. To attend, please submit your accreditation form before October 1, 2022 via MyIDFA. For the cost of the IDFA Forum pass, please see our accreditation information, or read more about participating here.