Interactive Digital Stories Track – Madeira Film Festival

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute and The University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF) are organizing the Madeira Film Festival – Interactive Digital Stories Track.

In its first edition, the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track aims to foster an international discussion about nature and sustainability, accepting interactive documentaries submissions themed in connection to these topics. The aim is to celebrate experimentation and the convergence of film, art, and new media technology to promote the emergence of documentary innovation. The track is looking for artworks which push the limits of traditional aesthetics and structures of filmmaking. MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track encourages the participation of documentary makers from all over the world.

Call for entries

The call for entries starts on July 1st and will remain open until December 31st 2016. MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track accepts original and completed non-fiction storytelling projects which promotes interactivity. Submission is free of charge and must be done via Festhome.

The 10 best works selected by the jury will be shown in the 6th edition of the Madeira Film Festival (Madeira, Portugal, April 17th-23rd 2017), and be eligible for the “Best Interactive Digital Story “.

Madeira Films Festival 2017

The jury

The submitted projects will be judged based on artistic merit, technical excellence and their social and cultural relevance. The international jury is composed of both practitioners and academics in the field of media.

More information about the regulations, submission platform or the jury members is available at


The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) is considered one of the top-level institutes in Europe in the areas of Human Computer Interaction, Computer Science, and Entertainment Technology. Indeed, the instute has been rated as “Excellent” by the National Science Foundation in Portugal. M-ITI’s academic offer includes a Masters dual degree in Human-Computer Interaction in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (USA) and a Ph.D. in Digital Media created through the partnership between Faculty of Sciences and Technology at New University of Lisboa, Faculty of Engineering at University of Porto, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin (USA) offers a broad range of courses in the media arts leading to the Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 programs in the country, it is one of the few departments offering degrees in both practical and theoretical areas (i.e., in both media production and media studies).

The Madeira Film Festival is a non competitive festival, where each attending delegate receives the “Laurissilva Ambassador” award in recognition of Madeira’s endemic forest. The Madeira Film Festival has been privileged to screen such filmic repertoires such as Beasts Of The Southern Wild, The Hunt, Of Horses And Men, Chasing Ice, Le Quattro Volte, Post Tenebras Lux. MFF also presents various events which complement the week, such as fashion shows, musical concerts, gala dinner and trips to the Laurissilva Forest.