Digital and interactive storytelling at IDFA 2014

July 4, 2014 | Since 2008, IDFA explores the future of non-fiction storytelling with its DocLab program and the Forum for crossmedia projects. This year, in collaboration with De Brakke Grond, the festival will present the biggest interactive storytelling program yet.

The program will include a special focus on virtual reality and the convergence of digital and physical reality. Please mark the following dates and deadlines. We look forward to consider your interactive, transmedia and virtual reality projects.

IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling
Send us your web-documentaries, interactive storytelling apps, web-series and transmedia projects. Every year, the 15 best projects compete for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling, consisting of a €2,500 prize. Previous winners and nominees include Highrise, Bear 71, Alma, a Tale of Violence, Hollow and Jonathan Harris' I Love Your Work.
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Entry form: MyIDFA

IDFA Forum for Crossmedia projects
The Forum, IDFA's international co-financing and co-production market, provides a platform for interactive and crossmedia projects seeking funders and professional input. In recent years critically acclaimed projects such as Gaza/Sderot, Prison Valley and 24h Berlin were pitched at the Forum.
Deadline: September 1, 2014
Entry form: MyIDFA

IDFA DocLab: Immersive Reality
In co-production with interdisciplinary arts centre De Brakke Grond, IDFA presents Immersive Reality: a continuous festival exhibition, series of live cinema events and industry meetings and a one-day conference, exploring the art of non-fiction storytelling in the age of the interface. Themes include data stories, interactive storytelling, neuroscience, surveillance and virtual reality. Please submit projects and proposals via the regular festival entry form or get in touch via
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Entry form: MyIDFA

IDFA DocLab Academy
In co-production with De Brakke Grond and IDFAcademy, interdisciplinary storytelling talents will be offered an intensive training program and unique network opportunities to meet with some of the world's leading digital and documentary pioneers November 20-25. Further details and a call for participants will be published on September 1.

Main Festival Dates
IDFA DocLab takes place in the heart of Amsterdam during the IDFA festival, which will have its 27th edition November 19-30, 2014. The IDFA DocLab Interactive Conference will be held on Sunday, November 23. The Crossmedia Forum is part of IDFA Forum, held November 24-26. The deadline for IDFA's festival accreditation is October 10.
Accreditation form: MyIDFA

More details about all interactive events will be published online in August at Stay tuned!
IDFA Forum selection announced October 13, 2015 | The complete list of projects selected for IDFA Forum 2015 has been announced.
IDFA 2015 Line-Up Announced October 9, 2015 | The complete list of selected films for IDFA 2015, in alphabetical order, is now online. The full screening schedule will be available from November 5.
Looking at documentary sound October 6, 2015 | Sound in the documentary will be the central theme of the Sounds Real program. IDFA has invited five international sound designers to choose two documentaries with exceptional sound design: one of their own, and one by a colleague.
Opening film: A Family Affair by Tom Fassaert September 22, 2015 | The 28th edition of IDFA will open with A Family Affair by Dutch director Tom Fassaert, an exploration of the director's own delicate family history.


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The 2015 selection for #IDFAForum has been announced! 59 projects will be pitched at our co-production market.
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