Commissioned Projects

IDFA DocLab commissions new works, initiates collaborations and explores new ways of presenting existing projects in order to make them available for a wider audience. Examples include Moments of Innovation in collaboration with M.I.T. Open DocLab and Upian, the Robots in Residence project by Alexander Reben and Emotional Arcade by Brent Hoff.
Bert Hana
Fifty years after Alleman, theater director Bert Hana leads us through the streets of the Netherlands, digitally captured through Google Street View.
{The And}
Topaz Adizes, Nathan Phillips
An interactive documentary in which the viewer can navigate through 30 couples discussing the big themes of love and relationships.
Philippe Archontakis, Pascal Brouard
A cinematic story machine that tells you who you are, based on the material possessions you hold dear.
Emotional Arcade
Brent Hoff, Alexander Reben
This interactive installation invites you to compete in "emotional competitions" using modified EEG headsets, biometric sensors and carnivalesque props.
Exhausting a Crowd
Kyle McDonald
This addictive tableau vivant of a packed Piccadilly Circus allows observers to attach a limitless number of comment “tags” to the people in the crowd.
HIGHRISE/Out My Window
Katerina Cizek
Behind identical windows in concrete gray apartment buildings, an array of different lives is lurking. Thirteen 360-degree shots reveal apartments and their residents in 13...
Moments of Innovation - When Documentary and Technology Converge
Explore some of the recent highlights of digital documentary storytelling, and the many historical moments of innovation that preceeded them. Installation developed with MIT Open Documentary Lab,...
Robots in Residence
Brent Hoff, Alexander Reben
Could robots, besides building cars and bombing people in foreign countries, also make documentaries? Hoping to answer that question, a group of tiny robots is...
Seven Digital Deadly Sins
various directors
A moral update on the Internet era on the basis of the seven deadly sins, presented as an interactive website with videos, posts and polls.
Street Ghosts
Paolo Cirio
The artist Paolo Cirio prints life-sized pictures of people found on Google’s Street View, and posts them at the exact spot where they were taken.
This American Life
various directors
Live in the cinema, Ira Glass presents a one-time showcase of the best of 12 years of his popular radio documentary series.
Call for Entry: IDFA Bertha Fund December 22, 2016 | The IDFA Bertha Fund is looking for new creative documentary projects from developing countries for both its classic program and the IBF Europe distribution scheme.
Ally Derks receives Pioneer Award December 12, 2016 | Last Saturday, Ally Derks received a prestigious Pioneer Award from the International Documentary Association.
Open Call: Short Web Documentaries November 26, 2016 | IDFA and Jos de Putter from Deep Focus Web Documentaries invite entries for project proposals from talented (young) filmmakers.
And the winners are... November 23, 2016 | At the Awards Ceremony in the Stadsschouwburg, the 14 winners of IDFA 2016 have just been announced.


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