Interested in learning more about digital documentary? Below you’ll find resources about the field, funding, festivals, digital tools and storytelling platforms, as well as community media. We plan to keep this guide as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible, so if we’re missing a resource, please drop us a line to let us know.


Introductions to Digital Storytelling

Whether portals to interactive projects or blogs on the state of online documentary, the following sites map the field of digital nonfiction storytelling and are good places to both orient yourself and discover new work.


docShift Index


International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA) DocLab


The National Film Board of Canada


Submarine Channel

Tribeca Film Institute Sandbox


Digital Storytelling Labs, Workshops & Hackathons

From day-long hackathons to month-long incubators, the organizations listed below run workshops that jumpstart and/or nurture digital projects.

Bay Area Video Coalition Producer’s Institute for New Media Technologies

diy days

Eyebeam Residencies

i-docs Lab

Pixel Lab

POV Hackathons

Sundance New Frontier Story Lab

Tribeca Hacks


Digital Storytelling Tools

The toolkits, libraries, programming languages, and resources listed below have been built with digital storytellers in mind.

Code Academy


Mozilla PopcornMaker & Popcorn.js

Processing & Processing.js



Distribution for Community Media

These organizations support and distribute community and participatory media projects. Many additionally provide best practices and toolkits to community mediamakers.

Alliance for Community Media

Digital Democracy


Insight Share

Video Volunteers



Festivals for Digital Storytelling

The following festivals number among the growing number of institutions that showcase digital work.

Cannes Cross Media Corner

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival



International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’s Doc Lab

New Media Film Festival

Sheffield Doc/Fest Devise to Deliver


South by Southwest (SXSW)

Sundance Film Festival New Frontier

Transbay Festival

Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes

Webdox at Docville International Documentary Film Festival



The following organizations fund digital storytelling and/or social action projects.

The Fledgling Fund

Knight News Challenge



National Endowment for the Arts Media Arts Grant

Tribeca Film Institute New Media Fund



Listed below are some of our favorite examples of the growing body of published work about digital documentary. These resources, which range from books to websites to manifestos, provide everything from maps of the field to best practices for makers.

Digital Storytelling: A Creator’s Guide to Interactive Entertainment by Carolyn Handler Miller

Documentaries and How To Make Them by Andy Glynn

Interactive Storytelling: Third Joint Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS 2010, Edinburgh, UK)

MIT-IDFA Moments of Innovation

Narrative as Virtual Reality by Marie Laure-Ryan

The New Digital Storytelling Series: Interviews with Leaders in the Field – a collaboration between the MIT Open Documentary Lab and Filmmaker Magazine

Perspectives on Interactive Documentary Storytelling by Submarine Channel

Web Docs: A Survival Guide for Online Filmmakers by Matthieu Lietaert

Zeega Web Documentary Manifesto


Storytelling Platforms

These online storytelling platforms have been designed for people interested in creating interactive digital projects.