IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

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    The Digital Storytelling competition reveals 10 beautiful interactive stories and unexpected artistic applications for digital devices, including installations, games, 360 video, web docs, and more. See the jury members here.

    Items in this selection

    Elektra

    • Metahaven
    • 2019

    In this visual essay about networks and nodes, everything is connected with everything else. The dome-shaped screen immerses us in a reflection on childhood, and on the incorporation of the past in the present.

    In Event of Moon Disaster

    • Francesca Panetta, Halsey Burgund
    • 2019

    By inviting you into an alternative history about the moon landing, this immersive installation asks us all to consider how deepfake technologies can bend, redirect and obfuscate the truth around us.

    Far Away from Far Away

    • Bruce Alcock, Jeremy Mendes
    • 2019

    An intimate interactive story that explores the relationship between a daughter and her father growing up on a remote island off the coast of Canada, and the extraordinary steps families take to thrive in the face of massive change in the fishing industry.

    The Happiest Thought

    • Agnieszka Polska
    • 2019

    Artist Agnieszka Polska’s poetic film brings to life the biosphere as it was before the Earth’s greatest wave of extinction. Geo Wyeth’s singing voice forms a mesmerizing additional layer.

    The Inhabited House

    • Diego Kompel
    • 2019

    A loving reflection on the flows of family life over generations, this short VR-film brings the house of the creator’s grandparents, once a site of boisterous family gatherings, momentarily back to life. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

    Lagos at Large

    • Jumoke Sanwo
    • 2019

    A poetic tribute to Nigeria’s largest city, told in short segments as we plot a course through the imaginary and material space of Lagos, made pressing and real in VR. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).

    Mamelles Ancestrales

    • Tabita Rezaire
    • 2019

    Stone circles in The Gambia and Senegal are a reminder of cultures that existed here long before colonization. Science and spirituality combine in an attempt to interpret their meaning.

    Missing

    • Kylie Boltin, Matt Smith
    • 2019

    When an Australian girl was abducted in 1966, the police called on two Aboriginal trackers to find her in the densely covered hills. In this interactive true crime web documentary, the story is told from the perspective of the girl and one of the trackers.

    My Inner Wolf

    • Roel Wouters, Luna Maurer
    • 2019

    This playful animated website, for which all smartphone users act as art directors by adding their own photographs, takes you into the experience of an absence seizure.

    The Waiting Room VR

    • Victoria Mapplebeck
    • 2019

    A poetic exploration of director Victoria Mapplebeck’s experience with breast cancer. Multilayered soundscapes, scientific imaging and her last radiation session captured in immersive 360-degree VR offer a calm yet futuristic confrontation with mortality. On show in DocLab: Exhibition (free on-site reservation required) and as part of the DocLab VR-Cinema (regular ticket sales).