2017 Edition





"Celebrating nature and sustainability"

First Edition, 2017

The Initiative

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 documentary 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 January 31st 2017 (deadline was extended). MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track accepts original and completed fiction and non-fiction storytelling projects which promote interactivity.

The 10 best works selected by the jury will be shown in the 6th edition of the Madeira Film Festival, and be eligible for the "Best Interactive Digital Story".


Attention! Due to some difficulties with the Festhome platform, the Interactive Digital Stories Track has changed the way of submission. Please, send an online link to your completed work, brief synopsis, together with cast and crew details to interactive.stories@m-iti.org. Submission is free of charge.


  • The competition is open to fiction and non-fiction storytelling projects which promote interactivity (e.g. virtual reality, crowdsourcing, etc.) in imaginative ways.
  • The track is looking for artworks which push the limits of traditional aesthetics and structures of filmmaking.
  • All projects must be original work and be completed by the time of submission.
  • English subtitles for documentaries recorded in any language other than Spanish, Portuguese or English are required at the time of submission.
  • Contestants can submit multiple entries.
  • Submission is free of charge.
  • Only projects created after 2014 are eligible.
  • Works presented in previous events or festivals are welcome, although priority will be given to projects not exhibited elsewhere.
  • Selected projects will be: a) shown in the 6th edition of the Madeira Film Festival (up to 10), b) eligible for the "Best Interactive Digital Story", which includes a special invitation to participate in the Madeira Film Festival 2017 (hotel accommodation for 4 nights, flight tickets from European airports, participation in the festival events, opportunity to give a talk to an international audience), and c) become part of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute online database.
  • Update! Applicants will receive a notification of results early March, 2017.


Intellectual Property Rights

  • Applicants guarantee the submission of projects for which they own intellectual property rights.
  • Contestants are solely responsible for Copyright infringement or other rights of thirds parties (for example, music used in their project).
  • The organization reserves the right to use images from the projects selected and publish information about them for marketing and press purposes in the context of the event.


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.


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.


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