IDFA DocLab: focus on digital reality – i-Docs
Last year, DocLab had “Interactive reality” in its title, this year it was “Immersive reality”. We shifted from interactive to immersive, what does this mean? Since our physical reality is already both immersive and interactive, I suppose the novelty here is to question how we want to understand the role of factual storytelling in the digital age tout court, especially now that 3D and VR are becoming an option through the affordable Oculus Rift technology…. are digital and physical reality starting to merge in the documentary genre?
This year there were 14 web projects in competition (browse them all yourself here), of which one was a 360 degrees documentary (Polar sea 360) and the others were a mix of established names (Seven Deadly Sins produced by The Guardian and NFB and Primal, NFB) and a mix of apps and interesting art web experiments (Somebody, I know where your cat lives, Thru you too).