The search for new narratives results in experiments on form, attitude of openness, dialogue and participation. As the new audio-visual language develops, traditional roles of the author and the viewer shift towards curator and participant-contributor or co-author, respectively. In consequence, genre boundaries expand and blur. Full immersion into stories is now easier than ever: new tools such as interactive storytelling, virtual reality and 360 films engage the viewer as never before.
At the same time, the Internet has brought new dimensions to democracy: Twitter revolutions, cyber-attacks, Facebook safety checks, web surveillance, hate speech, to name just a few phenomena. Each day brings new challenges for Europe to handle; among them are forced migration, crises of democracy, unity or boundaries, algorithm-influenced election results influenced byalgorithms. How to talk about these new issues using modern media, the same tools viewers use every day to communicate and share content? How to tap into the potential of contemporary technology to tell engaging stories on serious topics?