A Design Film Festival

The first in Asia, since 2010


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.

Since its inception in 2010, critical acclaim for the festival have been published in Monocle, Wallpaper*, It's Nice That, Wall Street Journal, The Design Society Journal, The Business Times, The Straits Times, Lianhe Zaobao and more.

About the Festival

On design and its subcultures


The festival was founded in 2010 by Anonymous, a small (tiny really) design studio based in Singapore. The studio divides its time by half — 50% on client projects and the other 50% on studio projects such as A Design Film Festival, Bracket and more.



Well, it's about design and its subcultures. Design is a broad subject that continues to evolve and be redefined constantly. The list goes on and on. This year, we've pored over 100 films (up from 70 last year) to select the 12 films presented this year. What makes the cut? Films that are relevant, entertaining and timely.


The festival has been independently funded by Anonymous with zero public funding or major corporate sponsorships. The Festival's sustainability is constantly under siege with the rise of venue rental cost, shipping fees, licensing fees and manpower.

What's made the Festival possible? The support of attendees like you and our partners.

International editions

The festival launched in Singapore in 2010 as the first in Asia dedicated to design. Since then, we've been invited to stage international editions in Berlin (2010), Bangkok (2010), Taipei and Kaohsiung (2010), Portland, Oregon (2012), Seoul (2013) and Latvia (2013).

Keen to host the festival? Get in touch.

What’s New

Brace yourselves

new screening format

One of the reasons that we are moving to a cinema is to exhibit films in Digital Cinema Package (DCP) format.

DCP is fast becoming the industry standard for exhibition at festivals around the world such as Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca, and we're proud to screen a number of films in this format. We hope you will enjoy this all-new film experience with us at the Festival.


Tired of booking fees? So are we.

That's why we've spent the past year designing our very own booking system at tickets.designfilmfestival.com. But as with all things new, there may be some bugs and teething issues so please forgive us for any hiccups.

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On a Scale of Art to Design muses on the contemporary conundrum: 'Is it Art or Design?' We ask if 'scale' can be seen less as a measure, but more as a frame of reference that recognises and honours the entire spectrum of creative work — its main discourses and subcultures, its stances and nuances, all its range and depth.

Opening Film with Yu Yamanaka

Remember Tema Hima from 2013? Director, Yu Yamanaka will grace the festival opening with a world premiere of his new film "Hakusho: The Story of Rice". He will be introducing the film before the screening, followed by a Q&A session after.

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International premieres

Our Official Selection of 12 films this year will be made up of 2 World premieres, 6 Asia premieres, 3 Southeast Asia premieres and 1 Singapore premiere.

Woot(!) for Singapore.

partnership with singapore airlines

How did this partnership happen? Well, because some brands get it.

We are very proud to partner Singapore Airlines, the best airline in the world, to curate an exclusive selection of films to be shown on their award-winning inflight entertainment system, KrisWorld from September till December 2014.

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5 years in and we've finally produced some festival merchandise.

Together with North East Japan and 7 international designers, we've produced a special series of T-shirts "The Art of Design" based on topics from the films. The T-shirts, along with a small number of tote bags and posters will be available during the festival.

Word On The Street

Press Features

CUBES INDESIGN, August-September 2014

"The worlds of art and design will cross orbits in the fourth edition of A Design Film Festival. Held at Shaw Theatres Lido over nine days in September, the festival will ..."

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"Regardless of whether you are a film or design buff, do keep yourself available in early September, as DFFSG makes a return..."

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"Launched by creative agency, Anonymous in 2010, DFF is a worldwide event featuring films and documentaries on design and its subcultures."

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Ziggy, 28 JULY 2014

"The proudly indie and super savvy A Design Film Festival has just unveiled its 2014 line-up of films and documentaries, each of them highlighting the lives and craft that have gone into the worlds of art, design, fashion, photography and everything else in between."

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Xinmsn, 18 JULY 2014

"Singaporeans are among the most avid movie-goers in the world, with a voracious appetite for mainstream blockbusters. Change up your movie diet with some indie flicks or arthouse fare at these independent film houses."

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Poached Mag, 9 September 2014

"The fact that the festival has been around for five years and counting, locally for that matter, was and is really up to all of us, regardless of whether you're a designer, critic or regular film-goer."

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Honeycombers, 13 August 2014

"Broaden your horizons and take yourself on a little cultural tour with these films that document various tales and cultures of all walks of life."

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Lifestyle Asia, 5 September 2014

"It has become increasingly difficult to differentiate or maintain a clear distinction between art and design with many designers creating art and many artists applying design in their works."

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I-S Magazine, 14 August 2014

"The eagerly-awaited A Design Film Festival is back once more, featuring a selection of films on topics like architecture, technology and fashion. Here are our recommendations for the must-see screenings this year."

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Lianhe Zaobao, 22 August 2014

"Yves Saint Laurent headlines A Design Film Festival in Singapore."

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Ziggy Mag, 26 August 2014

"Taking us from an atelier in Paris to the wet fields of Japan to the streets of New York, these films are all set to open up a world of creative perspectives and unique thinking, so let's step in..."

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Straits Times, 30 August 2014

"It may be a niche festival dedicated to elements of design, but there is something for everyone at this event."

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Time Out Singapore, September 2014

"It's been 4 years since the inception of DFF, but still it manages to serve up new and noteworthy elements."

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Indesign Singapore, 28 August 2014

"A rounded portraiture of the architect and his architecture, one that is just balanced enough so it is neither an inflated, fanatic tribute nor a deadening discourse."

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My Paper, 29 August 2014

"Yves Saint Laurent's first self-titled biopic set to headline A Design Film Festival Singapore next month."

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d+a, September 2014

"This all-encompassing approach, as well as the recognition that design is a multitude... sits the film festival as a true independent event."

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Time Out Singapore, 1 September 2014

"10 things to do this week — Not to be missed by the artsy people."

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City Nomads, 2 September 2014

"Top 5 things to do in Singapore this week — With an eclectic lineup of screenings on fashion, technology and architecture, this year's DFF promises to be bigger and more exciting than ever."

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I-S, 1 September 2014

"15 events in September you don't want to miss — The film festival devoted to design is back, and we think the curators of this year's edition have done an awesome job of picking which works to feature in the lineup."

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Ziggy Mag, 1 September 2014

"8 things to jumpstart your week — Now in its fourth year, DFFSG has already become a tastemaking arbiter of all that's fresh and interesting in the world of film"

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It's Nice That, 7 October 2014

"When there's a design-themed film festival, you have a certain expectation for the branding of said festival to be executed perfectly."

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Vault Mag, 29 September 2014

"The fourth year of A Design Film Festival wrapped up recently, to much success and a growing attendance that far surpassed previous years."

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