IDFA DocLab Immersive Network

    Create, research, showcase, network

    Recent developments in immersive technology – like virtual reality, as well as AR, MR and AI – have introduced an explosive new growth industry for modern media makers. But while VR consumer devices are already reaching the masses, many questions still exist around the true potential of immersive media. Just like at the time the internet began to converge with traditional media, the future of interactive and immersive media is once again unknown and being shaped by pioneers working in very different disciplines, ranging from art to technology, and from business development to science.

    With the Immersive Network program, IDFA DocLab brings interactive and immersive communities together to create, research, showcase and network. Throughout the IDFA festival and future events, different activities are being presented. The Immersive Network activities are organized in collaboration with a wide range of participants, including the National Film Board of Canada, ARTE, Google, Oculus Story Studio, VRbase Amsterdam, The Guardian, the New York Times, Tribeca Film Festival, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), MIT, Diversion and many others.

    Immersive Network Summit

    The Immersive Network Summit is a new international think tank event bringing together experts from all corners of the interactive and immersive storytelling industry to formulate the next steps in developing the medium. The program includes presentations of new platforms, information gained from from audience research and groundbreaking interactive and immersive storytelling experiments, followed by a networking lunch and cross-sector roundtable discussions of topics ranging from technology to artistic practices, distribution and exhibition. 

    By invitation only.

    Immersive Network Research & Beta Lab

    The place to test and fine-tune works-in-progress. How does the audience respond to different interactions or voice-over styles, and where do they actually look? In collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).

    Immersive Knowledge Base

    Reports and case studies from the different Immersive Network activities will be published and made available for free after the festival via the Immersive Knowledge Base. This online platform will also function as a hub to share knowledge and best practices from other interactive and immersive projects and research.

    DocLab: Immersive Network is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.