Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters // Project News // Nov 26, 2019.

VR Docs team @ IDFA Doclab 2019

In November 2019, the VR Docs research team descended once again on IDFA’s Doclab in Amsterdam to take a look at what’s new and exciting in the world of VR nonfiction.

This year’s lab had a particularly healthy selection of VR nonfiction on display, with a VR cinema showing multiple works alongside a range of installation based pieces including Rozsypne, Bodyless and Ayahuasca. A particular highlight was Darren Emerson’s Common Ground - a skillful mix of CGI, 360 video and beautifully designed interactions that immerse the viewer in the history and people of London’s Aylesbury Estate. It’s a great demonstration of how well-considered VR can reach places traditional film cannot - do check it out if you can.

Huge congratulations also to Victoria Mapplebeck and team for another outing for our commissioned piece The Waiting Room VR. Fresh from its premiere at Venice earlier this year, it’s brilliant to see the piece doing so well!

Chris. Deep in the fields of a virtual Ukraine for Rozsypne


Ki visiting the Aylesbury Estate in Common Ground


Chris and Danae


Thanks again IDFA Amsterdam. Until next year!