Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab Presents the Second Annual Digital Dozen

March 20, 2017

The Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab will present the second annual Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling awards 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.

The April 5 awards program, hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will explore these uses and introduce to some of the people behind them. The the winner of the Breakthrough Award for 2016 will be announced, as well as the project selected for a special jury prize, consisting of a workshop at the lab.