IDFA DocLab Immersive Network

Recent developments in immersive technology – like virtual reality, as well as AR, MR and AI – have introduced an explosive new growth industry for modern media makers. But while VR consumer devices are already reaching the masses, many questions still exist around the true potential of immersive media. Just like a decade ago, when the internet began to converge with traditional media, the future of interactive and immersive media is once again unknown and being shaped by pioneers working in very different disciplines, ranging from art to technology, and from business development to science.

With the Immersive Network program, IDFA DocLab brings interactive and immersive communities together to create, research, showcase and network. Throughout this year’s IDFA festival and future events, different activities are being presented. The Immersive Network activities are organized in collaboration with a wide range of participants, including the National Film Board of Canada, ARTE, Google, Oculus Story Studio, VRbase Amsterdam, The Guardian, the New York Times, Tribeca Film Festival, the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), MIT, Diversion and many others.

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Immersive Network Summit

The Immersive Network Summit is a new international think tank event bringing together experts from all corners of the interactive and immersive storytelling industry to formulate the next steps in developing the medium. The program includes presentations of new platforms, information gained from from audience research and groundbreaking interactive and immersive storytelling experiments, followed by a networking lunch and cross-sector roundtable discussions of topics ranging from technology to artistic practices, distribution and exhibition.
By invitation only.

Expert Meeting: Interactive Documentary Preservation

DocLab’s 10th anniversary calls for serious reflection on the future of the past. Over the past decade, we have seen a vast number of interactive masterpieces, but how can we preserve them as the technology and the internet that they were created for disappears? To answer these questions, DocLab and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision are organizing an invite-only expert session on the preservation of interactive documentary art, in which different case studies and preservation techniques are explored.
By invitation only.

Immersive Network Research & Beta Lab

The place to test and fine-tune works-in-progress. How does the audience respond to different interactions or voice-over styles, and where do they actually look? In collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA).

Immersive Knowledge Base

Reports and case studies from the different Immersive Network activities will be published and made available for free after the festival via the Immersive Knowledge Base. This online platform will also function as a hub to share knowledge and best practices from other interactive and immersive projects and research.
The DocLab Immersive Network 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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