Second Edition, 2018

The Initiative

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF) are organizing the Madeira Film Festival - Interactive Digital Stories Track 2018.
MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track 2018 aims to foster an international discussion about new forms of interactive digital storytelling. Our goal is to celebrate experimentation and the convergence of film, art, and new media technology.

This edition of the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track particularly aims to provide a “critical snapshot of Today's world”, and does so by calling for interactive digital narratives which explore one or more of the following topics:

  • Digital Self;
  • Resilience in times of social, environmental and economic crisis;
  • The post-truth society.

The competition is open to fiction and non-fiction storytelling projects which promote interactivity in imaginative ways.
MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track 2018 particularly welcomes projects that leverage portable and/or mobile technologies (e.g. Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, GPS, etc.) and transmedia storytelling to push the limits of traditional aesthetics and structures of interactive digital narratives.

Call For Entries

The call for entries starts on November 14th and will remain open until March 22nd, 2018.

MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track accepts original and completed fiction and non-fiction storytelling projects.

Submission is free of charge and contestants can submit multiple entries.

The best works selected by the international jury will be shown in the 7th edition of the Madeira Film Festival (which will be held on 14–20 May, 2018), be eligible for the "Best Interactive Digital Story", and become part of the M-ITI online database.

How to submit a project

Send an email to interactive.stories@m-iti.org including:

  • an image representing the project;
  • an online link to a video demo of your work;
  • the submission template (available here).


Eligible projects must be:

  • original;
  • created after 2015;
  • completed by the time of submission.

Works presented in previous events or festivals are welcome, although priority will be given to projects not exhibited elsewhere.
English subtitles are required for works recorded in any language other than Spanish, Portuguese or English.

Selected projects
will be:

  • shown in the 7th edition of the Madeira Film Festival;
  • eligible for the "Best Interactive Digital Story". The author of the best project will receive a special invitation to participate in the Madeira Film Festival 2018 (hotel accommodation for 4 nights, participation in the festival events, festival pass, and opportunity to give a talk to an international audience)

  • collected in the M-ITI online database.

The MFF won't provide any device other than basic equipment (computer set and projector). Portable devices needed to showcase the projects (e.g. VR devices like Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, etc.) should be provided by the authors themselves.

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 third 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.