Submit your interactive documentary to IDFA DocLab

    IDFA DocLab is open to all sorts of works that use new media to represent reality, ranging from digital non-fiction storytelling and art to physical installations, virtual reality experiences, live performance and multimedia projects.

    Entry for 2018 opens in March. Submission deadline is August 1.

    IDFA DocLab Regulations 2018

    The following requirements are specific to projects submitted to IDFA DocLab. Please also refer to IDFA's general Entry Regulations before filling out the entry form.

    • Submitted projects will be considered:  
      (1) for the IDFA DocLab Competition, 
      (2) as an installation for our festival exhibition, 
      (3) as a performance at our live cinema events and/or 
      (4) for the IDFA DocLab Online Database.
    • Projects selected for the competition program are eligible for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling or the IDFA DocLab Immersive Non-Fiction Award.
    • We can view projects on most platforms/devices, including MAC, PC, iOS, Android, Steam, Sony Playstation, Xbox, Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear, HTC Vive or Google Daydream / cardboard.
    • Projects should be submitted via a password-protected (streaming) link, a download link to the VR build/360 video file (preferably by Dropbox/Google Drive), an app download package or game install.
    • For performances, installations or for projects that cannot be sent digitally, please provide extensive visual and written documentation.
    • The IDFA DocLab program and competition are open to unreleased projects, as well as projects that have been made publicly available on the internet after August 2017. Priority is given to projects that have not yet been presented at other events or festivals.
    • Other new media activities at IDFA include the DocLab Academy training program, the DocLab Interactive Conference, and the Crossmedia Forum for projects seeking international co-financing. For further details and deadlines, see the IDFA DocLab page.