Jury for the IDFA DocLab for Digital Storytelling

    Loren Hammonds

    Loren Hammonds has worked in the film and entertainment industry for over 20 years. He is Co-Head of Documentary at TIME Studios, overseeing the expansion of non-fiction feature, episodic, and immersive programming. He previously held the titles of Vice President of Immersive Programming at Tribeca Enterprises and Senior Programmer at Tribeca Festival. Loren has worked extensively in film production as well as in curatorial roles for The Gotham, Hamptons International Film Festival, and Bogota Independent Film Festival.  

    He most recently executive produced The Territory and Katrina Babies, both of which received major awards in 2022 after premieres at Sundance and Tribeca respectively. Hammonds’s views on cinematic and immersive storytelling have been featured in several publications and programs, including The New York Times, BBC Click, NPR, The Today Show, and Vice. He has also been featured as a guest speaker at Cannes Film Festival, SXSW, Columbia University’s Digital Storytelling Lab, Mutek, Pratt Institute, Scuola Holden, P&G Signal, and more. 


    Jepchumba has been listed by Forbes as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2012 and in the Guardian Africa’s Top 25 Women Achievers. A digital cultural ambassador, Jepchumba is the Founder and Creative Director of African Digital Art, a collective and creative space where digital artists, enthusiasts and professionals can seek inspiration, showcase their artistry and connect with emerging artists.

    Jepchumba is dedicated to promoting the growth of the creative technology in Africa. Originally from Kenya, she has lived, travelled and spoken around the world promoting her commitment to culture of technology in Africa. As an African digital artist, she is passionate about creating unique digital experiences that showcase Africa’s legacy of technology.

    Leonieke Verhoog

    Leonieke Verhoog loves playing in both the physical and the virtual world and loves it even more when these worlds collide. She carried out digital storytelling experiments at Dutch public broadcasting organization VPRO’s Medialab, created a creative digital running community with FigureRunning, guarded public values as a program manager for PublicSpaces, is member of the board of the Digital Culture committee at the Creative Industries Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie), and will start a new position at the children’s media festival Cinekid as Head of Cinekid MediaLab in November 2022.

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