Jury for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction

    Marcel van Brakel

    Marcel van Brakel is founder and lead designer at interdisciplinary Dutch experience design collective Polymorf. He also works as an independent artist, writer, librettist, and film and theatre director. His critical projects and artistic research on immersive storytelling and embodiment often incorporate emerging technologies, multi-sensory design and performativity. His body of work includes the award-winning multi-sensory installation Famous Deaths (2015) and the publication Sense of Smell. His performative VR project Symbiosis won the IDFA Doclab 2021 Special Jury Award for best creative technology in the immersive non-fiction category.

    Van Brakels work was shown on international festivals and exhibitions such as Hong Kong Arts Centre, IDFA Doclab, FILE, Tech Open Air, SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival, FOST, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Van Gogh Museum, Playgrounds, and STRP. Van Brakel is also senior lecturer immersive storytelling, transmedia storytelling, speculative design and performativity at the Avans University for Applied Sciences in Breda.

    Katayoun Dibamehr

    Katayoun Dibamehr is an Iranian, French, Canadian producer based between Paris and Montreal. She is an XR industry veteran, an expert in creative and cultural industries, and a seasoned and award-winning producer with a demonstrated history of working with festivals, public and cultural organizations since 2009. In 2014 she was appointed Head of the New Media Program FNC Explore at the Montreal Festival du nouveau cinéma. In 2018 she joined the Paris-based production company Floréal Films, dedicated to producing feature films, short films and immersive experiences.

    Dibamehr is a member of the Venice Biennal College Alumni and mentor for International Film Festival Rotterdam’s CineMart Immersive cohort from 2020. For the last three years, she is behind acclaimed and award-winning productions The Hangman at Home – VR, (Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival 2020, Cristal for Best VR at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2021), and the groundbreaking Goliath: Playing with Reality, (Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival 2021).

    Amelia Winger-Bearskin

    Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on our community and the environment. She is Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida and founder of the AI Climate Justice Lab, and the Talk to Me About Water Collective. She founded Wampum.Codes, which is both an award-winning podcast and an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation.

    In 2022 Winger-Bearskin was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Award for her project Sky World / Cloud World, part of the Whitney’s Sunrise/Sunset series in late fall 2022. For her virtual reality project Your Hands Are Feet she was awarded the 100k Alternative Realities Prize from Engadget and Verizon Media in 2018. She is an enrolled member of the Seneca-Cayuga Nation of Oklahoma, Deer Clan and of mixed race as her late father was Jewish/Baha’i.

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