The Design Film Festival

11 September – 1 November 2020 

In partnership with: 
The Design Museum 
Institut Français du Royaume-Uni 

The Design Film Festival  is an online festival that showcases films by designers, and films on design by filmmakers and artists on a platform that is jointly hosted by the Design Museum and the Institut Français. Running from the 11th September to the 1st November, the festival features moving images that are conceived as designs: through concepts such as ideation, iteration and prototyping, or through modes of display and presentation. At a time of unprecedented restrictions on travel and the near-exclusive reliance on digital networks, the festival presents new forms of engagement through moving image. The festival aims to show how new tendencies in design, filmmaking, visual communication, as well as education, are shaping our perception of moving image. 

The Design Film Festival presents 21 films selected by an internationally renowned jury – matali crasset, Sumitra Upham, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou Rahme – from the 175 submissions received in our Open Call. The final selection celebrates the diversity of film applications in design practice. In addition to the digital screening programmes, an exhibition titled Montage: Design and Film, Film and Design captures visual experiments in filmmaking that explore the margins and intersections between film theory and design practice by Masters students from Kingston School of Art, HEAD – Genève and Parsons The New School. The Design Film Festival will also present an events programme featuring internationally renowned curators, educators, designers, artists, academics, filmmakers and sound artists. The programme will include contributions from sound designer Yuri Suzuki, former Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, award winning designer and filmmaker Marloes ten Bhömer and multi-disciplinary artist Inês Neto dos Santos, to name just a few. The festival’s events programme offers a myriad of expert perspectives on the rich relationship between design and film. 

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