IDFA organizes Interactive Documentary Conference

On Sunday, 18 November, during IDFA, a one-day international conference will take place on the future of documentary storytelling in the digital age. The conference, in Flemish Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, is being organized to mark the 25th anniversary of IDFA and the fifth edition of the new media program DocLab.

The Interactive Documentary Conference is for everyone who is interested in the future of the genre, either amateur or professional. You can buy tickets here.

Interactive Documentary Conference
The Interactive Documentary Conference will consist of a number of presentations by experts from several disciplines, from film to new media and from the visual arts to journalism. Speakers confirmed to date include Jane Burton (Tate Modern); Andrew de Vigal (New York Times, Second Story); Hugues Sweeney (National Film Board of Canada); Alexandre Brachet (Upian); Daniel Burwen (Cognito Films); Bjarke Myrthu (Storyplanet); Joel Ronez (Radio France); William Uricchio (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Elisabeth Holm (Kickstarter).

A number of issues will be addressed by the presentations. What does the digital age mean for the future of documentary as an art form? What consequences will it have for the documentary industry and its future business models? What inspires digital documentary pioneers? How do they use tablets and smartphones, online data and interaction to tell their stories?

Organized in cooperation with the EDN and de Brakke Grond. Made possible with support from the Mondriaan Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.

5 years of DocLab
For the fifth year in succession, IDFA will be presenting its new media program, DocLab. In addition to the Interactive Documentary Conference, DocLab will be celebrating its first five years with a series of live cinema events and interactive installations in cooperation with the National Film Board of Canada Interactive ( and (GazaSderot, Prison Valley). As part of the Robots in Residence Project, experimental filmmaker Brent Hoff (Wholphin) and robot artist Alexander Reben will be investigating whether, in the future, robots will be able to make documentaries. Finally, DocLab will be comparing how today’s digital trends relate to documentary innovation through the ages, including by means of an installation by MIT's Open Documentary Lab.

Since 2010, there has been an award associated with this program, and this year once again 15 DocLab projects will compete for the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling.

Expanding Documentary
DocLab’s anniversary program takes place as part of Expanding Documentary, an annual exhibition that explores the boundaries of documentary, organized in cooperation with IDFA's Paradocs and de Brakke Grond.
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