This is an incomplete overview of the film festivals and other screeningvenues on architecture and design worldwide. Is your festival not in this list or do you want an update? Please contact us at email@example.comSee what's on now right now?The Google Calender is on the right or click hereAix on Provence, France
Le festival Image de Ville
takes place every year in November in the city of Aix on Provence. The focus is on urban development, debates and French spoken films. It evolved a bit from a filmfestival to a debate festival. Main language: French. Theme this year: au marge des villes. 13-22 november 2015Antwerp, Belgium
Antwerp will start up again with a festival in 2016. Stay tuned and check the website of Filmhuis Klappei.Auckland and other cities, New Zealand
The Resene Architecture and Design filmfestival took place for the first time in May 2012. Check the facebook page
for the programme.
Auckland (Rialto Cinemas Newmarket): 7 to 20 May, 2015
Wellington (Embassy Theatre): 28 May to 10 June, 2015
Dunedin (Rialto Cinemas): 11 to 21 June, 2015
Christchurch (Academy Gold): 25 June to 8 July, 2015Avilés, Spain
In Avilés, in the north of Spain, the International Cinema and Architecture festival
is set in the great Oscar Niemeyer building, for the first time in 2013 and has a well programmed set of films. Great holiday outing. Main language: Spanish. 6-12 July 2015Barcelona, Spain
Regular screenings at Ecumenópolis
*, the urban documentary programme of the Catalan Architect's Association (COAC). They screen very varied films regarding urban issues, establishing a space for collective reflexion and debate around both global and local urbanism and citizenship.
The Beijing Design Week
is a large citywide showcase of international design, catalyst and laboratory for raising public design awareness, while helping to develop a stronger design infrastructure and discourse in Beijing and China. The AFFR cooperated in 2014 with a programme of 15 themed documentaries (subtitled in Chinese). 24 September - 1 October 2015
Urban research on film
is a film and video program curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr and screens occassionally during the Berlinale. Urban Research encompasses explorations of public space, the conditions of urban life, and interventions in the urban sphere, by international film and video artists using experimental, documentary, abstract, or fictive forms. Brisbane, AustraliaURBNE Films
showcases films that inform and inspire about urban design, architecture, public spaces and collaborative design process. It is the first Australian film festival
focused on urban spaces, architecture and design films. 2015 - 2 October.
The Urban Eye filmfestival
took place for the first time from 13-16 November 2014! The festival screens mostly films about urbanization. There is a Facebook page. 11-15 November 2015Budapest, Hungary
Every year in March the Budapest Architecture Film Days
take place, a wonderful festival of our enthousiastic collegues. The mission of the Architecture Film Days, initiated by KÉK in 2007, is to generate a dialogue between the architectural practice that finds inspiration in cinema, and the cinema borrowing its subjects from architecture and the city. 3-6 March 2016.
The Architecture and Design festival
is born in New York but is occassionally also held in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Copenhagen Architecture Festival X Film
This is the new festival of architecture festival x film
and it's a great debut! The festival will deal with films as a way of presenting architecture, in documentaries and portrait films and will develop a look at the relationships between architectural and cinematic space in classic and contemporary cinema. The festival combines film screenings, debates, symposia, lectures, walks, in-situ views and much more. 19-22 March 2015.
(Dublin is not active)Durban and other cities, South Africa
The Architect Africa Film Festival
is hosted every two years (the even years) The Architect Africa Film Festival celebrates architecture and brings audiences face to face with the realities and possibilities of urban living and the built environment. Facebook page here. 2015 - no information.
Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week
During the Dutch Design Week, AFFR will show the four best Global Home - Interior films of the AFFR 2015 in NatLab Eindhoven. More information here
(Florence Beyond Media
/Visions is not active)
The Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival
takes place in October every year. It is unique in it’s focus on film about the stuggle between developing the architectural culture, protecting the historical heritage and improving quality of life. The objective of Istanbul International Architecture and Urban Films Festival is to ensure an active participation of everyone who is interested in the sphere of films, most of all the architects. The festival aims at sponsoring films produced on architectural and urban issues, encouraging new productions and exposing admirable examples of films to the audience. 2-9 October 2015.
The BAFF Architecture Film festiva
l is in November and focusses on both documentary and feature films in our selection. It also hosts a workshop on the mechanisms for broadening public understanding and appreciation of architecture and public space in the cities as well as the role of architects and built structures in contemporary city environment. It uses the power of film, both documentaries and fiction to expose architecture and city space and emphasize the permanent link between the city, the architecture, space and storytelling (narrative). This should also result in some short student films and be a base for further research and creative work.
The Festival is in Kotor, Montenegro, a UNESCO heritage site that offers great spectrum of locations and stories that could be very inspiring within this content. 2015 - no information.Lisbon, Portugal
Since 2013 we welcome Lisboa on board of the Architecture filmfestival armada! Presenting a moving image perspective on Portuguese and international architectural projects is the purpose of the Arquiteturas Film Festival Lisboa
. The festival focuses on the growing global interest in interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary architecture. 1-4 October 2015London, United Kingdom
Irregular screenings at the Barbican Center
.Los Angeles, USA
New York has the Architecture and Design festival
every year in October. The festival is at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York with a completely new selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Plus, there are lively discussions with filmmakers, architects, designers and other industry leaders. The Architecture and Design festival also takes place in Chicago and Los Angeles. 11-15 March 2015.
The Architecture Film Festival ArchFilmLund
takes place every year in October in the city of Lund (Sweden). It provides a platform for exploring contemporary and historical interconnections between architecture and film, screening a wide range of fictional and documentary films and bringing together seminars/debates, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other activities. 8-13 September 2015.
Mexico City, Mexico
is a large and ambitious festival in Mexico City about architecture and city development, welcoming guests as Antanas Mockus, former major of Bogota, Elizabeth Diller and Antonio Ortiz. The programme has lectures, excursions and workshops and there is a good film programme. 6-10 March 2015.
The Milano Design Film Festival
(MDFF) presents the best selection of recent documentary films on architecture and design. The program also provides moments of discussions with designers, architects, filmmakers and critics nationally and internationally. The Festival is aimed at professionals, but also to a curious audience interested in exploring through cinema and the moving image in the themes of the project. After the success of the first edition in 2013, Micue Milano Design and Design Onscreen, with the sponsorship and support of the Municipality of Milan, present the 2014 MDFF edition: four days, from the 9th to 12th of October 2014. The event is free and open to the public allowing the city of Milan to be once again the protagonist with an international project related to design. Milano Design Film Festival wants to become an indispensable event dedicated to design: a comparison of quality time where updated on the latest trends that arise and develop in the world. 15-18 October 2015.Milan
also hosts Docucity
, a filmfestival with documentairies showing different views on the city. They have an impressive international programme. 2015 has been postponed.
(Moscow is not active anymore)New York USA
New York has the Architecture and Design festival
every year in October. The festival is at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York with a completely new selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Plus, there are lively discussions with filmmakers, architects, designers and other industry leaders. The Architecture and Design festival also takes place in Chicago and Los Angeles. 13-18 October 2015.Rotterdam, the Netherlands
That's us! The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam AFFR
is a bi-annual film festival, organized in October in the odd years (2011, 2013). We host appr. 100 movies, shorts and documentaries for a mixed and international audience of app. 5.000 visitors in only four days, combined with debates, talkshows and tours. 8-11 October 2015.Santiago, Chili
In 2012 the first architecture filmfestival AFFS
or Arqfilmfest was organized and was an immediate success. It takes place every two years. 26-29 November 2015.Seoul, Korea
The documentary films on space
festival is a film screening program that is being co-hosted by the Korea Foundation and EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF) to present various films which had been shown at the EIDF. This program includes seven films related to the themes of “Architecture” and “World Culture.” The first festival was in January 2014, it may have future screenings. 2015 - no information.Singapore
Conceived in 2010 by Anonymous as a film festival dedicated solely to design, A Design Film Festival
launched in Singapore and has traveled to Portland, Berlin, Taipei, Kaohsiung, and Bangkok.
The festival is a curated collection of films dedicated to architecture, fashion, photography, street art, motion graphics, technology and the subcultures of design. 5-13 September 2015
The Dedalo Minosse Cinema Award
is selected every two years by an international jury. They choose the film (fiction or documentary) that best represents the architectural profession. The jury consists of curators of architecture film festivals all over the world. Facebook page is here. Postponed.Vienna, Austria
Occasional screenings of the internales festival für Urbane Erkundungen Urbanize
. Also in Vienna is the Movies in Wonderland
series of the Architektur Zentrum Wien. It takes a close look at the role of architecture – and consequently of those who make architecture – using current international films. Urbanize is from 2-11 October 2015.Warsaw, Poland
The Beton Film Festival
is organized in the capital of Poland - Warsaw. The first edition took place in March 2014 in the SARP Pavilion, gathering 2500 architecture enthusiasts. Each edition of the event is focused on one main subject and is accompanied with an art exhibition. They are screening full- and short-length feature films, documentaries, and art-videos. 9-12 april 2015Winnipeg, Canada
The Architecture + Design Film Festival
presents critically acclaimed films that focus on the importance of architecture and design in everyday life. The films cover an incredible range of design-oriented topics from architecture and urban design to graphics and product design. The festival started out in 2012 and will take place every year in May. 15-19 April 2015.