DocLab Anniversary program

In 2007, IDFA started the new media program DocLab. Social media and smartphones were just taking off, and all around the world new forms of interactive storytelling and digital art were emerging – often with documentary artists leading the way. Since then, isolated experiments became emerging genres, from multimedia journalism to interactive documentary, data art and VR.

Many timeless masterpieces were created along the way, such as Bear 71, Gaza/Sderot and We Feel Fine. But they didn’t always reach the audience they deserved, and without serious attention to preservation we risk losing these projects forever, similar to what happened with early cinema a century ago.

That’s why IDFA DocLab is unveiling the Canon of Interactive Documentary, an anniversary publication with 100 of the most important interactive documentary projects created in the last decade, available at the festival and online at Together with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, DocLab is also presenting an expert session on preservation of the interactive documentary and has commissioned the National Film Board of Canada to reimagine the classic Bear 71 as a VR installation, presented in the DocLab: Elastic Reality exhibition.
The DocLab anniversary program 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.
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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