Mediamatic Interactive Film Labs

Workshops on interactive databased storytelling

In the Interactive / Databased Film Labs participants develop prototypes of online interactive film-, TV- or radio projects, using the Korsakow System, an elegant databased film editing tool. In five days individual project concepts are explored, worked out and (re)evaluated, ultimately resulting in a working project pilot.


Interactive Film, Beate Lendt - Interactive Storytelling for documentary film makers workshop at IDFA 2004

Databased storytelling with Korsakow

In these workshops we focus on the practical and conceptual possibilities as well as the aesthetics of online interactive databased media projects. Participants use their own footage to make an online interactive project. Workshop projects could range from cinematic issue spaces to collaborative documentary video blogs or from educational quizzes to interactive radioplays.
In one form or another, the players of such a project enter a dialogue with it. The partcipants to these workshops explore how to integrate the viewer's presence in a meaningful way. The Korsakow System serves as the main developing tool.

Approach and outlines

Each Film Lab holds a specific theme, for instance: political documentaries, children’s film or dance film. The themes are mostly related to the festival in which context the workshop is organized.

Participants bring their own media material, related to the theme, and are assisted personally by experienced trainers on both a practical and conceptual level in realizing their workshop projects. The workshops take an interdisciplinary approach: knowledge and practices from film, tv, radio and new media are integrated. A generic day-by-day outline of the workshop can be found here.

General information

Mediamatic Interactive Film Labs are organized several times a year, and take place all over Europe. Usually there is a scholarship available for which media professionals from the newer EU countries can appeal here. For the next Film Lab, check the announcements on the main workshop page. Questions regarding the Interactive Film Labs can be mailed to, or call Klaas Kuitenbrouwer: +31 20 6389901.

All Interactive Film Labs are made possible with the support of the MEDIA PLUS PROGRAMME of the European Community.