Columbia Invites You to the Second Annual Digital Dozen

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We'd like to invite you to the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab’s second annual Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling awards, which will be presented at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 5, at 6:30 PM. The awards program is a celebration of innovation and creativity in storytelling of every sort, whether in advertising, art, fiction, film, games, journalism, television, or theater.

Chosen by members and associates of the Digital Storytelling Lab, a project of Columbia University School of the Arts, the Digital Dozen do not conform to any single idea about what the future of storytelling will be. Among those selected for 2015 were a pioneering video game from France, an experimental opera performed in cars, and two journalism reports, one employing nonlinear narrative and the other virtual reality. This year’s Digital Dozen include a museum exhibition, a group VR experience in a school bus, a television show about a futuristic theme park that can be explored online, and a “game” in which your fate is largely determined by face recognition software. Together they show the extraordinary range of narrative technologies available to storytellers today, and the many uses to which they are being put.

At the April 5 awards program, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, we will explore these uses and introduce you to some of the people behind them. Then we’ll announce the winner of the Breakthrough Award for 2016 as well as the project selected for our special jury prize, consisting of a workshop at the lab. Please let us know if you can join us by replying at We hope to see you there.
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