IDFA Crossmedia Forum

The Forum is looking for creators working on interactive new media projects to publicly pitch to an audience of professionals from the interactive storytelling field and documentary film industry. One-on-one meetings with a broad range of key professionals will enable you to create new partnerships, receive in-depth feedback on your work and find new ways to move your project forward.

The Crossmedia Forum is open to all sorts of interactive projects, ranging from webdocs, virtual reality and artificial intelligence projects to physical installations, multimedia journalism, live performances and everything else that tells a documentary story or explores unknown realities. Linear documentaries with internet support, an informative website, are not eligible. The online component has to be a stand-alone project. To find out more about the Forum public pitch set-up, see our submission guidelines.

Participating in the Crossmedia Forum will give you the opportunity to meet with over 200 decision makers. Previous attendees in the field of new media include: Sabine Lange (ARTE France), Christiane Miethge (Bayerische Rundfunk), Annika Gustafson (BoostHbg), Ellie Levasseur (Cross Video Days), Brian Chirls (Datavized), Boris Razon (France Télévision), Voyelle Acker (France Télévision), Shayla Harris (Frontline PBS), Charlie Phillips (The Guardian), Jessica Brillhart (Google), Liz Cook (Kickstarter), Kathleen Lingo (New York Times), Loc Dao (NFB), Philippe Freville (Pictanovo), Adnaan Wasey (POV Digital), Emma Dessau (POV digital), Bjarke Myrthu (StoryFriend), Yaniv Wolf (Submarine Channel), Ingrid Kopp (Tribeca Film Institute), Opeyemi Olukemi (Tribeca Film Institute), Margaux Missika (Upian), Geert-Jan Bogaert (VPRO), Domenico la Porta (Wallimages), Raimo Lång (YLE) and Ritva Leino (YLE).

To help you get the most out of your visit to IDFA, the Forum collaborates closely with IDFA Doclab, IDFA’s festival program for digital documentary storytelling, to give access to other festival events through which you can extend your knowledge about new media and network with the new media community.

DocLab Live Cinema Events, November 17-22: an exclusive series of five unpredictable evenings, ranging from interactive showcases to experimental multimedia performances with live music and contributions from the audience.
DocLab Expo, November 17-27: showcasing installations and interactive projects exploring the future of documentary storytelling.
DocLab Immersive Network: Think tank bringing together interactive and immersive communities to create, research, showcase and network.
DocLab Interactive Conference, Sunday November 20: digital pioneers and artists present their most provocative works, lessons learned and visions for the future.
IDFA Crossmedia Forum, November 21-22: public pitches will be held on Monday followed by one-on-one meetings on Tuesday.

Selected projects 2007-2015

24h Berlin - A Day in the Life
Volker Heise
For a day and a night, 80 camera teams followed the adventures of various residents of the German metropolis.
Alma, a Tale of Violence
Miquel Dewever-Plana, Isabelle Fougère
This interactive tablet documentary allows you to swipe back and forth between a no-frills presentation of the violent confessions of former gang...
Do Not Track
Brett Gaylor
This personalized series on privacy shows who benefits from the online private data that we unthinkingly share every day with those out to make money off of us.
From Zero - Italy
various directors
Online platform webcasting daily episodes from the mountainous Italian region of Abruzzo, which focuses on its recovery from the huge earthquake it suffered six months...
Gaza/Sderot: Life in Spite of Everything
Khalil M. Al Muzayyen
An interactive documentary by the acclaimed French web documentary producer Alexandre Brachet.
Prison Valley
Philippe Brault, David Dufresne
This web documentary on the prison industry is a road movie with interactive potential.
various directors
In this web documentary based on found footage, journalist Steven Poole explains at breakneck speed how the public debate is being corrupted with "unspeak."
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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