Interactive Round Table

Women’s point of view in the interactive documentary

The main objective of this InterdocsBarcelona 2018 session is to explain the role of women in interactive documentary, with particular emphasis on how women handle the creative and production process in an interactive and transmedia environment. To this end, we have invited a number of professional profiles to discuss a range of dynamics within this field.

Julia Scott-Stevenson will talk about research and development; Zenia Aby Assy will discuss different programs and financing strategies; Isabel Fernández will focus on production, exhibition and distribution in the sector; and Yvonne Abbel will share her experiences of television and executive production of interactive content.

The panel will be moderated by Arnau Gifreu -coordinator of the InterDocs Barcelona

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday May 23rd from 9.30am. – Auditori CCCB.

Free access with Accreditation. Limited seats.

ATENTION: The conference will be in English.

ATTENTION:If you want to have access to the industry and networking activities, you will need to register to the Professional Accreditation.


The speakers will be:


Yvonne Abbel

With a background of business developing as well as strategic and operative management, Yvonne Abbel heads the interactive department at ZDF Digital. She coordinates a team of project managers, software developers, conceptual and art designers. In 2016 she set up a virtual reality unit at ZDF Digital, which builds its own camera-rigs and produces 360°-Videos with CGI as well as photogrammetry and interactive applications by using Unity. ZDF Digital is a subsidiary of the German TV channel ZDF and creates innovative, immersive and interactive experiences for TV, web, mobile and social media. Three aims are particularly important in this context: content, technology and design.



Zenia Abi Assy

Zeina Abi Assy is a Lebanese writer and media artist based in Brooklyn. She manages the Interactive Programs at Tribeca Film Institute. She co-founded the literary and arts organization, The Seventh Wave. She has an MFA in Creative Writing Nonfiction from The New School, and a BFA in Graphic Design from The American University of Beirut. In her work, she explores the complex intersection between the personal and the global manifestation of culture, technology, art, and politics.




Julia Scott-Stevenson

Julia Scott-Stevenson is a research fellow in interactive factual media with Digital Cultures Research Centre at the University of the West of England. In this role, she works with researchers and industry to explore and communicate the potential of interactive and immersive factual media, and plays a lead role in producing the i-Docs symposium, a biannual event dedicated to interactive documentary. Julia holds a PhD in interactive documentary and social impact, for which she created the i-doc Giving Time, about volunteers with Australian Red Cross. She previously worked with the Sydney-based Antenna Documentary Film Festival for six years, programming films, developing the festival’s innovation strand and managing communications.



Isabel Fernandez

Isabel Fernández (Barcelona, 1970) is a director and independent producer of documentaries who focuses on exploring digital narratives and interactive audiovisuals, with the aim of producing projects with the potential for making a social impact. She has been a member of the Eurovision Diversity Group, directing documentary series broadcast on TV3, NTR (Netherlands), VTR (Belgium), SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland) and RTP (Portugal), among others. In the year 2010 she directed and produced El fill de son pare, which earned a Special Mention by the Jury at the Prix Europa 2010 in Berlin. In 2014 she directed Corredors de Fons, winning Best Director at  the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Best Script at Europe-Orient du Filme Documentaire in Asilah and nominated for the Prix Europa in Berlin.

In the year 2013 she founded production company Al Pati, from where she drives the development of innovative documentary projects that unite narration with technology, play, and interaction geared towards social change. With Televisió de Catalunya she produced the interactive documentary Orgull de Baix, which premiered in November 2016.


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