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Caspar Sonnen

IDFA Head of New Media & DocLab

Caspar Sonnen is a festival organiser and curator specialised in independent cinema and digital media art. As New Media Coordinator of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, he has succesfully developed digital festival strategies and online initiatives. In 2008, Sonnen launched IDFA DocLab, a pioneering platform for digital documentary storytelling and media art. IDFA DocLab is also one of the organising partners of PhotoStories. Besides his work at IDFA, Sonnen is co-founder and programmer of the Open Air Film Festival Amsterdam.


Founded in 1988, the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) is the world's largest documentary film festival. It's held annually in November in Amsterdam and showcases around 300 films as well as various markets and industry events. In 2007, the festival launched IDFA DocLab to explore and showcase interactive documentaries, virtual reality and other new media that push the boundaries of documentary storytelling in the digital age. See also IDFA