IDFA has announced the programme for its one-day international conference on the future of documentary storytelling in the digital age, which will take place on Sunday, 18 November.
The Interactive Documentary Conference is for everyone who is interested in the future of the genre, either amateur or professional and 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?
The 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).
The conference will be held in Flemish Arts Centre de Brakke Grond and is part of the new media program DocLab, which will be running for the 5th time this year.
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 (Bear 71) and Upian.com (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.