DocLab Academy 2016 is an international program for new talent in the field of documentary storytelling and interactive media. The program takes place November 17-21 during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

DocLab Academy is an initiative of IDFA’s new media program DocLab and Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond. The program is supported a.o. by Creative Industries Fund NL and The Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Creative Europe Desk Flanders.

DocLab Academy 2016
Digital technology has become increasingly entangled with everyday reality. The consequences are far-reaching and can be alarming, but it has also lead to a new era of artistic innovation in non-fiction storytelling and art across multiple disciplines.

But how do we tell an interactive story? What artistic opportunities do new technologies such as virtual reality, artificial intelligence and interactive media have to offer? How do the world’s most successful digital pioneers use the endless opportunities of the internet without getting lost? And how do you finance interactive documentaries, find the right partners and reach your audience?

The DocLab Academy program addresses a variety of challenges and opportunities through exclusive workshops on virtual reality and interactive storytelling by international new media pioneers. Portfolio reviews and one-on-one meetings offer insights into more specific questions while the Live Cinema Events and the Interactive Conference provide inspiration. There will also be plenty of time to network and reflect on each other’s work.

Program 2016

Thursday, November 17

10:30-11:30  DocLab Academy Kick Off
11:30-12:30  Ice breaking workshop by Hackastory
14:00-15:15  What is Interactive with Opeyemi
15:30-17:00  Elastic Reality Exhibition with Caspar Sonnen
20:00            DocLab Live: Elastic Reality Opening Night

Friday, November 18

  9:00-12:00  Workshops:
                    Actions Speak Louder Than Words with Anagram
                    Designing for Failure with Brian Chirls
                    Creating Collective Narratives with Bjarke Myrthu
13:00-15:00  You Are Here: Immersive Storytelling Masterclass with Jessica Brillhart
15:30-17:30  Meet the Professionals
17:30-18:30  Drinks with IDFAcademy 
20:00            DocLab Live: Shared Individual

Saturday, November 19

10:00-12:00  The Skin Deep presents Interactive 2.0 and the Shaping of Experiences
13:00-15:00  Meet the artists of the Elastic Reality Program
15:30-17:30  Meet the Professionals
20:00            DocLab Live: The Best of Awkward Tech

Sunday, November 20

10:00-18:00  Interactive Conference
19:00-21:00  DocLab Academy Dinner
18:30-23:00  Dreams installation (accessible throughout the evening)

Monday, November 21

10:00-11:00  Creative digital sector sales and funding possibilities with Wendy Bernfeld
11:45-12:35  Crossmedia Pitches at the IDFA Forum
14:00-15:30  Studio visit: Prospektor
16:00-19:30  DocLab Academy wrap up
20:00            DocLab Live: The Art of Following

Participants 2016

Albert Kuhn, Spain
Studies in journalism and cinema brought Kuhn to focus on social and international politics documentaries, through Barcelona, UK, Kosovo, Mexico and Palestine.
Andre Bomfim, Brazil
A Brazilian Documentary filmmaker who has directed two short docs for ESPN and developed the Faces of Harassment transmedia project. He is currently developing a TV series.
Stefania Casini, Italy
Stefania Casini is a filmmaker interested in transmedia and VR. She has participated in I-Doc workshops, hackathons and a placement at interactive studio Smallbang.
Lindsey Dryden, United Kingdom
Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning British filmmaker who began her career in TV documentary (BBC, Channel 4, History Channel). Specializing in intimate and unexpected stories about music and the body, her work has shown at over 30 festivals.
Martin Morales, France
Morales is currently the development officer at Bigger Than Fiction, a transmedia studio. Collaborating with authors and directors, Martin designs new form of content for new media.
Stanislaw Liguzinski, Poland
Liguzinski is a Filmacademie cum laude graduate, film critic, doctoral student and transmedia filmmaker. His main interest lies in non-verbal forms of thinking.
Tan Pin Pin, Singapore
Award-winning documentary director from Singapore with an interest in cartography and connecting unrelated people, spaces and objects in new ways.
Victoria Fiore, Italy
Victoria Fiore is a documentary filmmaker working with digital multimedia. She explores current affairs through themes of home and belonging, blending video art with news.
Joanie Tobin, USA
Visual storyteller specializing in short-form personal narrative. Field documentarian for Finding America, a public media storytelling project sharing untold stories from across the U.S.
Bram Loogman, The Netherlands
Loogman has almost 10 years experience working in film, programming, art and design, often combining those disciplines.
Kees Veling, The Netherlands
Veling is a producer and director, always looking for ways to use the latest technology for storytelling. He created "Reallife at Oerol", the first Dutch mobile online video reporter, and the award-winning vlog "Llowllog" where 2,000 people kept a video blog at Lowlands music festival using RFID wristbands.
Jelena Rosic, The Netherlands
Film editor and PhD researcher in new media. Developing a new conceptual and practical framework for interactive narratives (Enactive Storytelling) grounded in a neurophenomenological perspective on cinema.
Tessa Colen, The Netherlands
Documentary researcher and script writer with a specialization in user experience design and interaction design. In short: a digital storyteller.
Camiel Zwart, The Netherlands
Zwart graduated from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2006 with the interactive installation Borderline. He has since then mainly directed documentaries and short films.
Yula Altchouler, The Netherlands
From her Russian upbringing Altchouler inherited a love for film, literature, theater and (telling) stories. She is a curious generalist, with ten years of experience in TV, radio and crossmedia storytelling.
Jasper Rigole, Belgium
Rigole is a Belgian artist who makes films, media art and installations who is also a researcher at University College Ghent (KASK).
Sophie Spillemaeckers, Belgium
Spillemaeckers, visual anthropologist and former scientific researcher in sustainable development, directed several documentaries, scientific and informative Films. She started the production house Concrete Dreams.
Laure Cops, Belgium
Cops founded NuNam, together with Wouter Vanmol. NuNam is a Belgium based creative studio that shapes stories into film, photography, words, installations and interactives for clients, audiences and for themselves.
Leen Segers, Belgium
Segers has been working with startups in the consumer media and tech space for almost ten years. In 2016 she co-founded the startup Lucidweb, a VR consulting and development company who's main objective is to develop a web broadcasting platform for VR experiments.
Ian Swerts, Belgium
Filmmaker based in Antwerp and manager of the small production company Gletsjer. He has made award-winning short films and documentaries and recently started doing VR.
Jeroen Janss, Belgium
Filmmaker and mindfulness trainer working towards more understanding and compassion through the use of silence and storytelling.
Wouter Vanmol, Belgium
Vanmol founded NuNam, together with Laure Cops. NuNam is a Belgium-based creative studio that shapes stories into film, photography, words, installations and interactives for clients, audiences and for themselves.
Andres Lubbert, Belgium
Graduaded at RITCS filmschool Brussels. Makes films about migration, human rights and social issues. His documentaries have been shown in 20 countries, and won 19 prizes.
Robbert Groenendijk, The Netherlands
A visual storyteller, educated as a documentary filmmaker and self-tought creative coder. Groenendijk is very interested in generative and interactive art and would like to explore more possibilities in combining them with traditional storytelling.
The DocLab Academy is supported by:

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.


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