Adrian Miles

Dr. Adrian Miles is currently the Program Director of the consilience Honours lab at RMIT, in Melbourne, Australia, and co-Director of RMIT's non/fictionLab. He does research on interactive documentary and computational nonfiction, and undertakes theoretically inflected digital projects. Adrian's research interests also include pedagogies for new media, and digital video poetics - all with a materialist Deleuzean cinematic inflection.

Alex Badia

Director of the interactive media department of the production company Barret since its foundation, in 2008. Since then, he has directed interactive documentary projects such as 'Itaca, 10 años creando futuro' (2009), Las voces de la memoria' (2011, distributed by RTVE at, '0 responsables' (2013, and 'Que tiemble el camino' (2016, in current development). He also records live sound for the company productions and has taught, among others, at the Master Innovation in Journalism from the UMH (2015), New postgraduate in Transmedia Narratives from UPF (2016), and Master in New Trends and Innovation Processes in Communication from the Universitat Jaume I (2016).

Alexandre Brachet

Alexandre Brachet is the CEO of Founded in 1998, Upian is an interactive production company that produced some of the most notorious webdocumentaries among which Thanatorama (2007), Gaza-Sderot (2008), Prison Valley (2010), Alma, a tale of violence (2012) with ARTE, and Génération Quoi? (2013) with France Télévisions. In april 2015, Upian launched Do Not Track, a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy directed by Brett Gaylor. This international project was produced in collaboration with NFB (Canada), Arte (France and Germany) and BR (Germany) and was broadcast by AJ+ (USA), Radio Canada (Canada) and RTS (Switzerland), making a significant impact all over the world.

Anahi Lovato

Anahí Lovato is studying for a Master’s degree in Digital Interactive Communication at University of Rosario, Argentina. She is a member of the MultimediaCommunication Department’s team, where she works as a multimedia content coordinator. As a #DCMteam's scriptwriter, she took part in the production of TV, multimedia and transmedia documentaries, including "Women for sale: human trafficking in Argentina" (transmedia documentary, 2015; Gabriel García Márquez Journalism Awards finalist), "Lost Streets: the progress of drug trafficking in Rosario" (interactive documentary, 2013; King of Spain's International Journalism Award - Digital Journalism Cat.) and "Following the footsteps ofThe Beast Man" (transmedia documentary, 2013, Los Angeles New Media Film Festival 2014 official selection). She teaches at National University of Rosario and is part of the organizing team of the International DigitalJournalism Forum and Transmedia Storytelling Conference of Rosario, Argentina. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Latin American Chair ofTransmedia Storytelling. Along with Fernando Irigaray, she has published several books and articles on digital journalism, transmedia storytelling, interactive documentary, and mobile journalism.

Andre Almeida

Andre Valentim Almeida is an award winning Portuguese filmmaker with extensive teaching and research experience. He taught media production at the University of Porto and Aveiro and was the scientific coordinator of a major video training program at the newsroom of the Portuguese news agency. He was part of the first yearlong collaborative documentary program at the UnionDocs (Brooklyn, NY) where he then became the Collaborative Studio Director for one year. As a filmmaker he has a special interest on issues like memory, archive, environment, heritage, science and identity and his work has been screened on multiple International Festivais. Andre has been facilitating masterclasses and workshops on filmmaking and interactive documentary, namely at Doclisboa, FIDBA and TEDx Aveiro.

Arnaud Dressen

Arnaud Dressen is the founder of Honkytonk Films, an award-winning digital production house based in Paris. A former jury member at the Centre National de la Cinematographie, French leading funding body for interactive documentaries, he is also the creator of Klynt, the interactive editing and publishing application dedicated to new media storytellers.

Bjarke Myrthu

Bjarke Myrthu is CEO & founder of BLIND SPOT an social media storytelling app. He is a frequent speaker and jury member at conferences, events and schools like Harvard, MIT, SXSW and World Press Photo. He also consults and produces storytelling projects for various clients and has created several award winning interactive documentaries. Bjarke previously founded, and co-founded Magnum In Motion with Magnum Photos.

Brenda Longfellow

Brenda Longfellow teaches in the Department of Cinema and Media Arts at York University. She is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose interactive documentary OFFSHORE has been featured at Sheffield, RIDM, I-Docs conference and SXSW. She is currently working on an interactive documentary about sexual violence.

Brian Winston

Brian Winston has been involved with documentary since 1963 and has a US prime-time Emmy for documentary scriptwriting. He has written extensively on documentary, most recently editing the BFI Documentary Film Book. The Act of Documenting (with Gail Vanstone & Chi Wang) ) will be published in November.

Carlos Scolari

Carlos A. Scolari is Professor in the Department of Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. His research has focused on the new media ecology and transmedia narratives. Among other works published: : Hipermediaciones (2008), El fin de los medios (with M. Carlón, 2009/12), Crossmedia Innovations (with I. Ibrus, 2012), Narrativas Transmedia (2013),Transmedia Archaeology (with P. Bertetti and M. Freeman, 2014) and Ecología de los Medios (2015). It is Principal Investigator of the project 'Transmedia Literacy', part of the Horizon 2020 EU Programme (2015-18) and 'Transalfabetismos' (MINECO, 2015-17). /

Caspar Sonnen

Caspar Sonnen is the new media coordinator for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and curator of the festival’s IDFA DocLab.He founded IDFA DocLab in 2008 to create a platform for interactive and multimedia documentary storytelling that expands the genre beyond traditional cinema. In addition to his work at IDFA, he is co-founder and programmer of the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam.

Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen is the founder and Executive Artistic Director of UnionDocs, a Center for Documentary Art in Brooklyn. He produces and directs documentary media projects and programs multi-disciplinary events. The collaborative productions he has initiated, including Living Los Sures, Documenting Mythologies, Capitol of Punk and Yellow Arrow, have united creative efforts of hundreds of artists, documentarians and communities. He collaborates on live performances with artist A.S.M. Kobayashi.

Cindy Poremba

Professor of Game Design at Sheridan College. She speaks internationally at conferences and invited lectures and has published work in journals such as Eludamos, Loading and Games & Culture, as well as edited collections and magazines. Cindy completed a PhD in interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University in Montreal, where she worked in association with the Centre for Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG). As an FQRSC Postdoctoral Fellow, she researched infrastructure for documentary videogames, at Georgia Tech and Ryerson University. She also organizes exhibitions as an independent curator, including Joue le jeu (Paris, Fr), XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design (Atlanta, GA), and creates games and “new arcade” events as a member of the kokoromi experimental game collective.

Claire Leproust

Claire is the founding president of the company FABLABCHANNEL and former CAPA producer.

Daniel Burwen

Daniel Burwen is a storyteller working at the intersection of art and technology. Since 2001, he has worked across a variety of creative industries from graphic design to video games (EA, Activision), to interactive media (Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm, USC. Daniel is currently Director of Experience for JauntVR, leading the design efforts for new interfaces of film and media. Prior, he helmed Cognito Comics, where he crafted and shipped CIA : Operation Ajax, an award winning 210 page interactive graphic novel for the iPad. Ajax was recently published in print by Verso Books. In addition to serving as a judge for the Webby Awards, Daniel is an international speaker on interactive storytelling. He has presented at venues such as SXSW, San Diego Comicon, Culture Tech, Ambulante, and IDFA Doclabs.

David Dufresne

David Dufresne is an international award-winning independent writer and filmmaker. He has recently joined the MIT as a Fellow at the Open Documentary Lab, Comparative Media Studies/Writing. Fort McMoney is his new film, an interactive game documentary, produced by ONF/Arte and Toxa and acclaimed by the NY Times as the «wedding of the film and the video game». In 2010, he authored and co-directed Prison Valley, a web documentary, with Philippe Brault (Upian/Arte), which won a host of international awards such as World Press Photo Non Linear Program. Since 2014, he is visiting-professor of journalism at Académie du Journalisme (Neuchatel, Switzerland) and since 2015 at l’Ecole des Médias in Université du Québec (Montreal, Canada) David Dufresne was a long-time reporter for Libération and managing editor of iTélé, France’s 24-hour newscast. He has also published a dozen investigation books.

Denis Porto

Journalist and documentary filmmaker, has a doctorate in Social Communication at the Universidad Metodista de São Paulo (Brasil). Postdoctoral stay about transmedia journalism from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain) and postdoctoral stay on interactive interfaces from the Universidad de Aveiro (Portugal). He teaches BA in Journalism and Media and Technology graduate of the Universidad Estadual Paulista - Unesp (Brasil)..

Ersan Ocak

Dr. Ersan Ocak is Assistant Professor in the Communication and Design Department in Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey. Being a visual cultural researcher, he also works as an independent filmmaker. He makes documentary films and experimental video art works. His main research interests are documentary, video-art, and new media storytelling—specifically new media documentary. His most recent research is on essay film. He also has essay film projects, which will be designed and produced in the form of new media essays. Ersan Ocak is one of the founder members of Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey. In 2010, he founded Cinema Lab, which is a collaborative research and production platform on cinema. In 2013, he founded New Media_OpenLab ( for practice-led research on new media storytelling. He also serves in the consultancy boards of several film festivals.

Eva Dominguez

Eva Domínguez ( is a experienced multimedia journalist, researcher, teacher and consultant. She is an specialist on the emerging forms of storytelling and immersive journalism on which she wrote the first doctoral thesis in 2013. Besides working for others scripting and managing digital projects, Domínguez also develops her own project, such Newskid, a journalist service for kids using Augmented Reality.

Fernando Irigaray

Director of the Master's Degree/Specialization in Interactive Digital Communication and Multimedia Communication Department at the National University of Rosario (Argentina). Executive Director of the Latin American Chair of Transmedia Narratives (ICLA-UNR). Director and producer of TV programs and documentaries, and interactive and transmedia works. He won the International Award for Journalism "Rey de España" in the category Digital Journalism 2013. Has a Master's Degree in New Technologies of Information and Communication (UNED - Spain), a Bachelor in Social Communication and is a PhD candidate in Social Communication (UNR).

Ferran Clavell

Ferran Clavell is Head of Innovation & Digital Analytics at CCMA (Catalan Broadcasting Corporation). Since 2001 has been involved in the creation and development of TV3's interactive media strategy: online presence, VOD (TV3alacarta), mobile apps, connected TV, interactive TV and social media. He directed the interactive documentary "Guernica, portrait of war", which was nominated for the Digital Emmy Awards in 2008. Currently is also executive director of several interactive documentary projects coproduced by TV3. Prior to this worked in several TV programs at RTVE and TV3 and was a founding partner of iMente, a content aggregation startup created on 2000. He has also been a jury member in some editions of the Webby Awards and Digital Emmy Awards.

Florian Thalhofer

Florian Thalhofer is a media-artist and documentary-maker and the owner of the Korsakow Institut. He is the inventor of the Korsakow-System and the chief-architect of the Korsakow-software. Thalhofer started in 1997 to tell stories via computer. That led him to the development of the Korsakow-System, a software and a principle for a new way of structuring narrations. These narrations are rule-based, non-linear and (usually) interactive. Thalhofer made numerous Korsakow-films and one linear film. He taught at the University of the Arts, Berlin at DFFB and at Deutsches Literatur Institut, Leipzig and gave talks and lectures on every continent except Australia.

Gerald Holubowicz

Gerald Holubowicz is a visual journalist at his core, a digital project manager and interactive story designer. He founded and directed the interactive studio Chewbahat Storytelling Lab for 4 years and - since it’s inception in 2012 - he is the president and co-founder of Storycode Paris.

Gerry Flahive

Gerry Flahive is a Toronto-based writer, producer and creative consultant at his media arts company, Modern Story. Until May 2014, Flahive was Senior Producer at the National Film Board of Canada, which he joined in 1981. His productions have garnered many international awards including two Emmy Awards, a World Press Photo Award and a Peabody Award for HIGHRISE (, a global interactive documentary. He produced and co-produced more than 75 documentary films and interactive projects on a wide range of subjects. Major projects include the international co-production PARIS 1919, the ground-breaking Filmmaker-in-Residence multi-media project at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the NFB-Canadian Film Centre Feature Documentary Program, and the production of dozens of short films for the Governor-General’s Performing Arts Awards. Flahive worked directly with such notable GG Award recipients as Bryan Adams, Rush, and THE LORD OF THE RINGS composer Howard Shore. He has been a guest speaker, presenter and mentor at many Canadian and international events and institutions, including MIT, the I-Docs Lab in Switzerland, the MEDIMED Documentary conference in Barcelona, and the New York Film Festival.

Guy Spriggs

Guy Spriggs is a British entrepreneur based in Barcelona, investing in technology startups and also in interactive documentaries as co-producer.

Hugues Sweeney

Hugues Sweeney is head of French-language interactive media production at the National Film Board of Canada, based in Montreal. From 2000 to 2007, he headed Radio Canada's Bande à part multi-platform project. He studied philosophy at the Dominican College of Philosophy and Theology in Ottawa and multimedia at Université du Québec à Montréal

Ingrid Kopp

Ingrid Kopp is a Senior Consultant in the Interactive Department at the Tribeca Film Institute where she works at the intersection of storytelling, technology, design and social change. She curates the Tribeca Storyscapes program at the Tribeca Film Festival and is a frequent speaker on the subject of interactive storytelling. Ingrid started her career at Channel 4 Television in London before moving to NYC in 2004 and is now based in Cape Town where she is working on African-based VR projects.

Jacobo Sucari

Jacobo Sucari has studied Film & TV at the University of Tel-Aviv, Israel, has a degree in Communication from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a PhD in Fine Arts for the University of Barcelona (UB), Spain. PhD Professor in the University of Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona (UB). Documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist. I combine documentaries in expanded formats (multi-screen and installation) TV documentaries, and experimental video; developing my work in a field of intersection between traditions coming from movies to visual art.

Jean Baptiste Dumont

Jean-Baptiste Dumont is a documentary maker based in Brussels. He likes to explore new ways of storytelling and build projects based on the participation of the audience, like in "Where is Gary" or "Jean saves Europe". He also worked on the story world of the famous interactive series "The Spiral".

Jeremy Mendes

Jeremy Mendes is a Vancouver based artist with over 15 years experience working on interactive projects. He is currently working with the National Film board of Canada as a Creator and Interactive Producer. His success with Bear 71 has landed numerous awards including a Cannes Cyber Lion, and FWA Site of the Year 2012. He has attended festivals internationally, performing a live version of the project and speaking to audiences about interactive work. Venues include IDFA, DOXA and Rooftops festival NYC.Other NFB projects include co-creation of The Seven Digital Deadly Sins in partnership with the Guardian, The Last Hunt, The Devils Toy Redux and This Land. His achievements manifest through his ability to create in many forms, from conception and writing through to execution. He Graduated from Emily Carr in 1996 and specializes in Art Direction, Creative Direction, Design and Illustration. His experience spans storytelling, interactive design, motion design, information design, creative conceptual work, brand development and advertising.

Jesse Shapins

Jesse is a entrepreneur and artist who has been inventing new forms of media for over a decade. Previously, he was Co-Founder of Yellow Arrow, a seminal venture in locative media and participatory storytelling, featured in Wired, The New York Times and showcased at MoMA as one of the most innovative media platforms of the past decade. He holds a PhD in critical media practice from Harvard, where he also served on the faculty of architecture. He is also an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Jigar Mehta

Media Innovation Strategist. Entrepreneur. Design Thinker. Video Journalist. Documentary Filmmaker. Storyteller. Burrito Lover. Spend my days building AJ+ as the leader of the Engagement team. AJ+ is a new experience that is centered on a global conversation around the topics that matter most to a connected generation. In my spare time I seek to foster a creative collaboration between media entrepreneurs and media institutions. As a founding team member at Matter Ventures, I supported entrepreneurs building a more informed, connected, and empowered society through our 4-month start-up accelerator in San Francisco. Co-creator of the documentary 18 Days in Egypt, a transmedia storytelling project about the Egyptian Revolution told by those who lived it, supported by Tribeca Film Institute and the Sundance Institute.I've been honored to be a Knight Journalism Fellow and a video journalist at The New York Times. Former boardmember and president of the South Asian Journalists Association. BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MJ in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joel Ronez

Joel Ronez is the founder of TempsMachine.Net, a company that launched the «No», network of cultural and society podcasts targeting the 18-35-year-olds and also works on digital innovation matters together with players across the cultural sector. From 2011 to 2014, Joel Ronez was Head of New media for Radio France, french first radio group, where he was responsible for the overall digital strategy and also head of Le Mouv channel from 2013 to 2014. Beforehand, Joel Ronez was in charge of the Franco-German channel Arte’s web division (2008 - 2011) where he developed and introduced non-linear contents and innovative web formats in the production chain. His works included the co-production of web-documentaries “Gaza-Sderot, la vie malgré tout” in 2008 (Prix Europa) and «Prison Valley» in 2010 (Visa pour l’Image Festival, WordpressPhoto Multimedia). His web division also launched the live broadcasting service "Arte Live Web, later renamed "Arte Concert".

Jon Dovey

Jon Dovey is Professor of Screen Media on Dept of Creative Industries. He spent the first 15 years of his working life in video production, as a researcher, editor and producer in documentary and experimental video. He has worked at UWE since 1996 apart from a brief transfer to the other side of town when he defected to University of Bristol for three years from 2004.

Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist, known for his work with data poetics and storytelling. He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, Internet addiction, sex work, whale hunting, anonymity, mythology, happiness, news, and language.Jonathan studied computer science with Brian Kernighan at Princeton University, and then spent a year in Italy at Fabrica. When he turned 30, he took a photo of his own life each day for 440 days.His projects have been widely covered by the media, including The New York Times, CNN, BBC, NPR, and TIME Magazine, which named his project, Cowbird, one of the fifty best websites of 2012. The winner of three Webby Awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, and the state of Vermont, for which he co-designed the state quarter. In 2008, Print Magazine named him a “New Visual Artist”; in 2009, the World Economic Forum named him a “Young Global Leader”; in 2014, Pioneer Works named him an artist in residence; in 2015, The Hemera Foundation named him a “Tending Space Fellow”; and his TED talks have been viewed millions of times. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), and has been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), the CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), the CCCB (Barcelona), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Barbican Center (London), and the Pace Gallery (New York). Born on August 27, 1979 in northern Vermont, he now lives between there and Brooklyn, New York.

Judith Aston

Judith Aston is a longstanding Faculty member in the Departments of Film and Creative Media at the University of the West of England in Bristol, where she divides her time between developing her own projects, teaching students and co-directing i-Docs. She started her career in the early 1990s by working on pioneering videodisc and CD-ROM projects with Apple Computing, the BBC and the University of Cambridge, completed her PhD from the RCA on interactive multimedia and visual anthropology in 2003, and co-founded i-Docs in 2011. More recently she has been working with the Bristol Old Vic theatre, bringing live music and theatrical performance into her multimedia repertoire, whilst continuing in her role as Co-director of i-Docs. At the heart of all her activities is a core interest in exploring how juxtaposition, non-linearity and interactivity might help us to develop fit for purpose ways to construct and interrogate twenty-first century 'reality'.

Kate Nash

Kate Nash is a lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. She has been researching interactive documentary for the past six years, focusing principally on its implications for the relationship between documentary media and the social-political world. She was a co-editor of New Documentary Ecologies: Emerging Platforms, Practices and Discourses (with Craig Hight and Catherine Summerhayes) and has published on interactive documentary in a range of leading media and communications journals.

Katerina Cizek

Katerina Cizek is a two-time Emmy-winning director, internationally-recognized leader in digital creation and strategy: documentary and journalism. Cizek's work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Her work extends across many media platforms: digital media, broadcasting (radio and television), print and live presentations/installations. At the National Film Board of Canada, she has helped to redefine the organization as one of the world's leading digital content hubs with her projects, the Webby-winning Filmmaker-in-Residence and now the Emmy-winning HIGHRISE. Cizek has developed long-term collaborations and strategic alliances with hundreds of individuals and organizations from all walks of life: from homeless young parents, to computer developers at Mozilla Foundation, to world-class academics, to opinion-page editors at The New York Times. She has discovered and directed diverse talent, leveraging budgets large and small. Her strategic approach to innovation is built on multi-disciplinary collaboration, results-driven teamwork, always with a strong focus on social justice. Her independent media projects have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at an International Criminal Tribunal. Cizek's films include the Hampton-Prize winner Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (co-directed with Peter Wintonick), and The Dead are Alive: Eyewitness in Rwanda. She has travelled the world with her projects, advising and lecturing about her innovative approaches to the documentary genre and digital media.

Katie Edgerton

Katie Edgerton is a writer based in Los Angeles. She recently completed her MFA at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Previously, she was a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab and an assistant exhibition curator at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Mandy Rose

Mandy Rose is Co-Director of i-Docs and Director of the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre. A pioneer of interactive and participatory media; she was co-producer of BBC 2’s ground breaking Video Nation project (1994-2000), devised Voices (2005); a major pan-BBC investigation of language, accent, and dialect in the UK; and was Executive Producer of the Capture Wales / Cipolwg ar Gymru digital storytelling project (2001- 2008). Mandy’s research looks at the intersection between documentary and networked culture. Her most recent production - Searching for Happiness (2013) - is a continually updating interactive documentary, a meditation on culture, values and the meaning of life. Mandy is a contributor to the British Film Institute’s Greatest Documentary poll, has been a “Decision Maker” at Sheffield DocFest since 2013, and was an inaugural curator of MIT OpenDoc Lab’s _docubase. Her recent writing appears in The Journal of Documentary Studies (Intellect Books 2013), The Documentary Film Book (Palgrave 2013) and DIY Citizenship; Critical Making and Social Media (MIT Press 2014). @CollabDocs @i_docs

Maria Gemayel

Maria Gemayel is a project manager for Honkytonk Films, the company behind award-winning web documentaries and Klynt, an interactive editing app as well as Wonda VR a new creative solution that paves the way for immersive 360 video experiences across VR platforms. As a multimedia expert and Klynt experienced trainer, she has been involved for the last 4 years with the growing community of interactive creators using Klynt and more recently Wonda VR.

Mark Atkin

Mark Atkin is Director of Crossover Labs and Curator of Alternate Realities at the Sheffield Doc/Fest.

Matt Soar

Matt Soar is an intermedia artist, animator, and filmmaker. Since 2007 he has been codeveloper, with Florian Thalhofer, of the Korsakow System software. His 'database diary' film Ceci N'est Pas Embres (2012) was an official selection in the Web 2.0 section of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (2013).

Mike Robbins

Mike is Creative Technologist and a partner at Helios Design Labs, where he has been for the last 15 years. He oversees the interactive part of Helios' creative output. Recent projects that he has worked on in include Quipu with Ros Lerner and Maria Court, Digital Me with Sandra Gaudenzi, After the Storm with Andrew Grace, The Highrise series with Kat Cizek and the NFB, Offshore with Brenda Longfellow, 17,000 Islands with Thomas Østbye and Edwin among others. The work has collectively won a number of major awards and nominations and has been featured in such venues as IDFA, Sheffield DocFest, smartFip@, Bristol iDocs and others, including a nomination for activism (with Offshore) at 2014 SXSW Interactive awards. Mike studied visual Arts at York University in Toronto.

Nonny de la Peña

Nonny de la Peña was selected by Wired Magazine as a #MakeTechHuman Agent of Change and has been called “The Godmother of Virtual Reality” by Engadget and The Guardian. Additionally, Fast Company named her “One of the People Who Made the World More Creative.” for her pioneering work in immersive storytelling. As CEO of Emblematic Group, she uses cutting edge technologies to tell important stories—both fictional and news-based—that create intense, empathic engagement on the part of viewers. A Yale Poynter Media Fellow and a former correspondent for Newsweek, de la Peña has more than 20 years of award-winning experience in print, film and TV. De la Peña is widely credited with helping create the genre of immersive journalism and her virtual reality work has been featured by the BBC, Mashable, Vice, Wired and many others. Showcases around the globe include the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, The World Economic Forum in Davos, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, and Games For Change.

Paolo Favero

Paolo Favero is Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. A visual anthropologist with a PhD from Stockholm University, Paolo has devoted the core of his career to the study of visual culture in India and Italy. Presently he conducts research on image-making, politics and technology in contemporary India as well as on questions of ontology and methodology in the context of emerging digital visual practices and technologies at global level.

Paul Levinson

Paul Levinson, PhD, is Professor of Communication & Media Studies at Fordham University in NYC. His science fiction novels include The Silk Code (winner of Locus Award for Best First Science Fiction Novel of 1999) and The Plot To Save Socrates (2006). His nonfiction books, including The Soft Edge (1997), Digital McLuhan (1999) and New New Media (2009), have been translated into twelve languages. He appears on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, the History Channel, NPR, and was listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Top 10 Academic Twitterers" in 2009.

Paulina Tervo

Paulina Tervo is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and interactive story producer. She is the co-founder of Write This Down, a digital production agency based in London and Helsinki. Over the last 10 years, Paulina has worked in over 20 countries with some of the biggest global brands, international NGOs, cultural institutions and broadcasters on films and digital projects. She also lectures and runs workshops on filmmaking and interactive storytelling. Website:

Richard Lachman

Dr. Richard Lachman is Director of the Transmedia Zone incubator, and Associate Professor, Digital Media in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. A Gemini award-winning digital producer, he also serves as a Technology and Creative Consultant for entertainment and software-development projects. His areas of interest include experiential storytelling, digital documentaries, augmented/locative/VR experiences, and collaborative design thinking.

Robert K. Logan

Robert K. Logan is Prof. Emeritus in Physics at the U. of Toronto. He is a Fellow at the University of St. Michael's College and the Chief Scientist at the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD University. He has written or edited 15 books and over 100 articles.

Samuel Bollendorf

Samuel Bollendorff has been working as an exacting and concerned photojournalist since 1995. He’s one of the first to use the multimedia’s interfaces of the press on the web. With “Voyage au bout du charbon - Journey to the end of coal”, “The Big Issue” and “A l’abri de rien - Nowhere Safe”, Samuel Bollendorff tests out new ways of narration and broadcasting with the interactive documentary. "Burn Out" received the Visa d'or at Visa pour l'Image in 2014.

Sandra Gaudenzi

Sandra consults, researches, lectures, writes and blogs about interactive factual narratives. She is one of the co-directors of the i-Docs conference, Head of Studies of !F Lab - an EU training initiative for interactive documentary makers - and is currently designing an MA in Interactive Factual Narrative for the University of Westminster (due to start in September 2016). She also hosts a regular IF Meetup in London, with the aim to create a community of professionals that can work together and move forward the current field of interactive factual narrative. Follow her on her personal blog, or http:/, or http:/

Sara Wolozin

As director of the MIT Open Documentary Lab, Sarah Wolozin develops and oversees lab projects, operations, and collaborations with leading media organizations including Sundance Film Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, IDFA DocLab, and National Film Board of Canada. She is the founder and editorial director of Docubase, an online curated database of the people, projects and technologies transforming documentary in the digital age. Together with Tribeca Film Institute, she launched the Media Impact Initiative and with the Sundance Institute she launched the Creating Critics Program, a partnership with Indiewire, Sundance and MIT to send MIT students to Sundance to write about New Frontier. She recently co-authored a report on the intersection of interactive documentary and digital journalism. Whatever the platform, her main interest is in enabling diversity of voice and provoking thoughtful discussion and action through a good story. Before coming to MIT, she produced documentaries and educational media for a wide variety of media outlets including PBS, Learning Channel, History Channel, NPR, websites and museums. She received her training from Blackside, Inc. makers of the Emmy award-winning, Eyes on The Prize, a PBS series about the civil rights movement. She went on to work on the Peabody award-winning series, I’ll Make Me A World: The History of African-American Arts. She started experimenting with the web back in the early stages of its public use and in 1996 created and produced an award-winning 8-week interactive web series based on a comic book character. She has sat on numerous committees and juries including Sundance New Frontier, Tribeca New Media Fund, the IFP Media Center, Puma Impact Award, and World Press Photo. She has presented at Sundance, SXSW, Storycode, MIT, DocMontevideo and many other venues. Sarah holds a BA in History from Barnard College, Columbia University and speaks fluent Italian.

Seth Keen

Seth Keen is a New Zealand–Australian documentary designer and producer, who has worked for 20 years in the film and television industry. He is a lecturer in new media at RMIT University in Melbourne. Seth holds a MA (by Research) in Media Arts and a PhD (Media and Communication). His academic research on documentary design engages with developments occurring in interactive documentary. Interested in media innovation, Seth collaborates with research, cultural and commercial partners on the design of audio-visual works, archives and tools.

Sharon Daniel

Sharon Daniel is a media artist who produces interactive and participatory documentaries focused on issues of social, economic, environmental and criminal justice. Daniel's work has been exhibited internationally as well as on the internet. Her essays have been published in books and professional journals. She is a Professor in the Film and Digital Media Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she teaches classes in digital media theory and practice. Her work can be found at

Stefano Odorico

Stefano Odorico is Associate Senior Lecturer in Media at Leeds Trinity University (UK) and research fellow at University of Bremen (Germany). He is currently working on a fully funded 3-year research project in interactive documentary aesthetics. He has published a number of articles in international journals and anthologies about Documentary Studies, Interactive Documentary and Theory of Film and Media Practice. Stefano is also co-founder of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

Susanna Lotz

Susanna Lotz was for over ten years an online editor at the Web Department of Arte. Among the projects she curated and developed "Gaza/Sderot: life despite everything", "Farewell Comrades", "Tales from Fukushima". Today lives in Berlin, where she collaborates on international transmedia projects. Susanna Lotz coordinates the Development Lab of the i_doc workshop: a project development programme for expanded documentaries, promoted by the Laboratory of Visual Culture (SUPSI) and Visions du Réel.

Vassiliki Khonsari

CoFounder of iNK Stories — a New York City based studio that develops innovation within storytelling. With an MA in Visual Anthropology (UK), Khonsari is called “10 Filmmakers to watch” by Independent Magazine in 2015, she has directed and produced both TV and feature length documentaries. Her most recent project, 1979 Revolution, called “A truly revolutionary game” by the New Yorker -- is a video game that puts players into the turbulence of real stories from the Iranian Revolution. Khonsari is a recipient of support from The Doris Duke Foundation, IFP + MADE IN NY Innovation Grant and a fellow of the Sundance Institute at the New Frontier Story Lab. Currently producing VR content that pushes on the boundaries of documentary and gaming.

Vincent Morrisset

Vincent Morisset is a director and the founder of the Montreal studio AATOAA. During the last decade, Vincent pioneered interactive music videos for Arcade Fire. He directed two personal projects (BLA BLA and Way to Go) with the support of the NFB. He also directed two feature documentaries, MIROIR NOIR and INNI. Vincent is the instigator of the Digital Storytelling Manifesto.

William Uricchio

William Uricchio is Professor and Director of the Comparative Media Studies Program and Professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He is also Lead Principal Investigator of the MIT Game Lab. His efforts as a documentary maker began in grammar school, and led to a short but formative professional career as an editor and director of social activism and anthropological documentaries. Uricchio’s academic career began in the classroom with Leo Hurwitz, Lewis Jacobs, Jay Leyda and George Stoney, and resulted in a dissertation on the ‘city film’ that focused on the early years of non-fiction film production, and particularly film’s relationship to other representational technologies such as the photograph, stereograph and panorama. Uricchio’s most recent books include Media Cultures (2006 Heidelberg), on responses to media in post 9/11 Germany and the US, and We Europeans? Media, Representations, identities (2009, Chicago). He is currently completing a manuscript on the concept of the televisual from the 17th century to the present.

Yasmin Elayat

Yasmin Elayat is a new media artist, creative technologist, and experience designer. Her work pushes the boundaries of collaborative storytelling experiences ranging from new media documentary to immersive, interactive installations. Yasmin is the Co-Creator of 18DaysInEgypt: A Participatory Interactive Documentary Project about the Egyptian Revolution which was named one the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary by MIT Open Documentary Lab & IDFA DocLab. In 2014 Yasmin was named one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100 as an Interactive Documentarian pushing the world forward in inventive and inspiring ways. Since joining Second Story, an interdisciplinary design studio focused on elevating the art of storytelling, Yasmin explores new forms of story-driven experiences through technology, experimentation and innovation in the New York studio.