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A Design Film Festival 2017

Singapore, 20 ‐ 29 October

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INFORMATION

A Design Film Festival (DFF), Asia's first film festival dedicated to screening films that focus on design and its subculture, is making its return in Singapore for the seventh edition. Since the inception of DFF in 2010, the festival has seen over 100,000 attendees in more than 10 cities worldwide including New York, Portland, Berlin, Seoul and Bangkok. The 2016 edition of the film festival in Singapore was attended by a record-setting 11,700 people.

Founded and organised by design studio Anonymous, DFF remains an independent initiative with no corporate sponsorships or government funding.

FESTIVAL FLYER (PDF)

CONTACT

Tel: +65 6440 7330
Email: info@designfilmfestival.com

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PAST EDITIONS

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A Design Film Festival 2017 tote bags are now available on the DFF Online Store in 2 sizes!

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FESTIVAL OPENING TITLES

Director Sebastian Lange returns to direct this year's opening titles. We're proud that several of Lange's work with DFF since 2011 were winners at the Type Directors Club New York and the HKDA Global Design Awards.

COLLABORATIONS

Our friends at Creamier and Papa Palheta have joined forces to create an awesome range of desserts and beverages that will be available on screening days at Capitol Theatre from 20 and 29 October.

DFF ON SINGAPORE AIRLINES

From November till December 2017, DFF will take to the sky with a selection of 10 films from DFFSG2017 screened exclusively onboard KrisWorld, Singapore Airlines' award-winning inflight entertainment system.

Big Time

SYNOPSIS

At just 40 years old, Bjarke Ingels has established himself as one of the most innovative and sought-after architects. In this new documentary film, director Kaspar Astrup Shröder follows Ingels for seven years and captures a previously unseen sense of fragility in the architecturalprodigy as he sets up BIG's second studio in New York, suffers from debilitating health problems, and falls in love.

INFORMATION

DirectorKaspar Astrup Schröder

SubjectArchitecture

LanguagesEnglish, Danish (with Eng Subs)

Runtime90 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingPG13

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A10

22 October 2017
8.30pm - 10.00pm

Closed

$15.00

A20

29 October 2017
8.30pm - 10.00pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“Documents Bjarke Ingels' gruelling rise to stardom..”

Dezeen

“World-Renowned Architect Bjarke Ingels Stars in New 'BIG TIME' Documentary..”

Hypebeast

“A previously unseen sense of fragility and vulnerability in a person who has consistently appeared forward-looking, optimistic and enthusiastic about his role..”

Arch Daily

Blurred Lines

SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker Barry Avrich lifts the veil on what goes on behind the scenes of the contemporary art world as he exposes some shocking practices in the industry. Set against the backdrop of a record setting Sotheby's auction, Blurred Lines uncovers the workings of a glamorous and cutthroat game of genius versus commerce, as it reveals how art is created, exhibited, and sold around the globe.

INFORMATION

DirectorBarry Avrich

SubjectsArt, Commerce

LanguageEnglish

Runtime86 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingM18

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A07

22 October 2017
1.30pm - 2.55pm

Closed

$15.00

A17

29 October 2017
1.30pm - 2.55pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“Blurred Lines paints a picture of an art world corrupted by big money..”

CBC Radio

“Well-researched and expertly constructed, Barry Avrich's eye-opening documentary peels back the layers of the art world economy..”

Tribeca Film

“Documentary Tries to Crack Open the Impenetrable Contemporary Art Market..”

The Epoch Times

Cassette

SYNOPSIS

Cassette is an infectiously enthusiastic film that examines the history, cultural influence and unexpected revival of a revolutionary musical format. It follows the personal stories of musical luminaries such as Henry Rollins and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), record labels who have embraced the mixtape, and the man who invented the compact cassette more than 50 years ago, Lou Ottens.

INFORMATION

DirectorZack Taylor

SubjectsMusic, Product Design

LanguagesEnglish, Dutch (with Eng Subs)

Runtime93 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingNC16

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A09

22 October 2017
6.00pm - 7.35pm

Closed

$15.00

A19

29 October 2017
6.00pm - 7.35pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“A much needed light on a medium that brought so much joy to music purveyors over the years..”

Hypebeast

“Wind back time to mixtapes and cassette salad, in a film which celebrates the smaller brother of the LP, and the culture surrounding it..”

CPH Dox

Dries

SYNOPSIS

Dries is an intimate insight into the life, mind and creative heart of one of the fashion industry's most private designers, Dries Van Noten. For the first time, Van Noten allows a filmmaker to follow him for an entire year, from his beautiful home and studio in Antwerp to the backstage of his show at Paris Fashion Week, offering insights from the designer, his team, and his fans along the way.

INFORMATION

DirectorReiner Holzemer

SubjectFashion Design

LanguagesEnglish, Flemish (with Eng Subs)

Runtime90 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingM18

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A02

20 October 2017
9.30pm - 11.00pm

Closed

$15.00

A12

27 October 2017
9.00pm - 10.30pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“One of fashion's most notoriously private designers is finally letting the world in.”

High Snobiety

“After 30 years in business, Belgian designer Dries Van Noten is getting the documentary treatment.”

Vogue

“The idea that cutting-edge fashion could come from Belgium was unheard of until Van Noten and fellow graduates — soon dubbed the Antwerp Six — piled into a van and headed for 1986's London Fashion Week with their collections.”

Another Magazine

Free Lunch Society

SYNOPSIS

Free Lunch Society is a film about Universal Basic Income, a system in which all citizens of a country receive a fixed amount of money each month to cover basic expenses like food, rent, and clothes. As technology advances, automation will inevitably cause widespread unemployment. If there is no need for your labour, and your income is taken care of, what then will you work for?

INFORMATION

DirectorChristian Tod

SubjectsArtificial Intelligence, Economics, Social Design

LanguagesEnglish, German (with Eng Subs)

Runtime94 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingPG13

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A05

21 October 2017
6.30pm - 8.05pm

Closed

$15.00

A15

28 October 2017
6.30pm - 8.05pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“A thoughtful film in the best sense of the word..”

Soundvenue

“A surprising and thought-provoking film about a radical idea, which is back on the top of the social agenda.”

CPH:DOX

Hanzi

SYNOPSIS

From the producers of Design & Thinking and Maker, comes Hanzi, a new documentary that explores international design, visual culture and identity through the lens of modern Chinese typography. Focusing on Chinese characters and education but keeping its insights applicable to all languages, Hanzi encourages audiences around the world to revisit and rethink their own culture, language and identity.

INFORMATION

DirectorMu-Ming Tsai

SubjectTypography

LanguagesEnglish, Mandarin, Japanese (with Eng Subs)

Runtime57 mins

ScreeningSoutheast Asia Premiere

RatingG

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A01

20 October 2017
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Closed

$15.00

A11

27 October 2017
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“Having successfully funded both Design & Thinking and Maker on Kickstarter...”

Core77

Konstantin Grcic

SYNOPSIS

Design is Work accompanies the product designer Konstantin Grcic among the tumult of the Milan Furniture Fair. Grcic's work is known for its logical thought process, honesty of materials and respect for production methods. This film lucidly illustrates the developmental process of one of his current projects: a furniture series made of cast iron — from the initial sketches to the finished product.

INFORMATION

DirectorGereon Wetzel

SubjectProduct Design

LanguagesEnglish, German (with Eng Subs)

Runtime54 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingG

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A08

22 October 2017
4.00pm - 4.55pm

Closed

$15.00

A18

29 October 2017
4.00pm - 4.55pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“The film accompanies Grcic and portrays his works as one of the best-known contemporary designers”

STYLEPARK DAILY

Maurizio Cattelan

SYNOPSIS

Known for his iconoclastic sculptures that have garnered both praise and scorn — including Pope John Paul II struck down by a meteor, JFK in a coffin, and a squirrel that's just committed suicide — Maurizio Cattelan is known as the prankster of the contemporary art world. This playful documentary offers a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the most provocative, elusive, and expensive artists.

INFORMATION

DirectorMaura Axelrod

SubjectContemporary Art

LanguagesEnglish, Italian (with Eng Subs)

Runtime95 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingNC16

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A03

21 October 2017
1.30pm - 3.05pm

Closed

$15.00

A13

28 October 2017
1.30pm - 3.05pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

REM

SYNOPSIS

Popularised by his buildings that embrace the energy of modernity, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has challenged conventions with creations like the CCTV Building in Beijing, The Interlace in Singapore, and the Seattle Central Library.

Directed by his son Tomas Koolhaas, Rem reveals the human experience of architecture through this intimate perspective of Rem Koolhaas' life, working methods, and philosophy.

INFORMATION

DirectorTomas Koolhaas

SubjectArchitecture

LanguageEnglish

Runtime75 mins

ScreeningSoutheast Asia Premiere

RatingG

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A06

21 October 2017
9.00pm - 10.15pm

Closed

$15.00

A16

28 October 2017
9.00pm - 10.15pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“A whirlwind travelogue-portrait of the world's most talked-about architect.”

The Guardian

“A valentine from a son to his father as well as a largely absorbing architecture documentary to boot..”

The Hollywood Reporter

“A Retroactive, Redacted Study of the World's Greatest Living Architect..”

ArchDaily

You're Soaking in It

SYNOPSIS

From the websites you visit, to the amount of time you spend on each page, advertisers collect personal, intimate information to create a profile of each consumer. You're Soaking in It reveals the disturbing process of gathering information to design ads that will influence you at the precise moment you are most ready to spend. This is a film the advertising world will not want you to see.

INFORMATION

DirectorScott Harper

SubjectsAdvertising, Big Data

LanguageEnglish

Runtime76 mins

ScreeningAsia Premiere

RatingPG

Code

Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A04

21 October 2017
4.00pm - 5.15pm

Closed

$15.00

A14

28 October 2017
4.00pm - 5.15pm

Closed

$15.00

REVIEWS

“Looks at the evolution of advertising and concludes that the industry has fallen very, very far from the artful pitches of the era romanticized in Mad Men..”

Now Toronto

“The campaigns one sees whipped up in Mad Men are a lost art..”

POV Magazine

Friday, 20 October 2017
Capitol Theatre

Code

Films & Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A01

Opening Film:
Hanzi (G)
7.00pm - 8.30pm

Closed

$15.00

A02

Dries (M18)
9.30pm - 11.00pm

Closed

$15.00

Saturday, 21 October 2017
Capitol Theatre

Code

Films & Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A03

Maurizio Cattelan (NC16)
1.30pm - 3.05pm

Closed

$15.00

A04

You're Soaking in It (PG)
4.00pm - 5.15pm

Closed

$15.00

A05

Free Lunch Society (PG13)
6.30pm - 8.05pm

Closed

$15.00

A06

REM (G)
9.00pm - 10.15pm

Closed

$15.00

Sunday, 22 October 2017
Capitol Theatre

Code

Films & Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A07

Blurred Lines (M18)
1.30pm - 2.55pm

Closed

$15.00

A08

Konstantin Grcic (G)
4.00pm - 4.55pm

Closed

$15.00

A09

Cassette (NC16)
6.00pm - 7.35pm

Closed

$15.00

A10

Big Time (PG13)
8.30pm - 10.00pm

Closed

$15.00

Friday, 27 October 2017
Capitol Theatre

Code

Films & Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A11

Hanzi (G)
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Closed

$15.00

A12

Dries (M18)
9.00pm - 10.30pm

Closed

$15.00

Saturday, 28 October 2017
Capitol Theatre

Code

Films & Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A13

Maurizio Cattelan (NC16)
1.30pm - 3.05pm

Closed

$15.00

A14

You're Soaking in It (PG)
4.00pm - 5.15pm

Closed

$15.00

A15

Free Lunch Society (PG13)
6.30pm - 8.05pm

Closed

$15.00

A16

REM (G)
9.00pm - 10.15pm

Closed

$15.00

Sunday, 29 October 2017
Capitol Theatre

Code

Films & Showtimes

Availability

Quantity

Price

A17

Blurred Lines (M18)
1.30pm - 2.55pm

Closed

$15.00

A18

Konstantin Grcic (G)
4.00pm - 4.55pm

Closed

$15.00

A19

Cassette (NC16)
6.00pm - 7.35pm

Closed

$15.00

A20

Big Time (PG13)
8.30pm - 10.00pm

Closed

$15.00

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is A Design Film Festival?
A Design Film Festival is a film festival on design and its subcultures. It is the first film festival in Asia dedicated solely to design.

How do I collect my tickets?
Ticket collection is simple. Once your order is complete, an order confirmation will be emailed to you that allows you to collect physical tickets during the festival. All you have to do is bring a copy of this email (either printed or through your mobile phone) to collect all the tickets that you've booked.

Remember, this is a free-seating event, so come down early to get the best seats. We recommend registering at least 30 mins before show time.

On Gmail? Your email confirmation might be marked as spam. Please check your spam folder. If you are having trouble locating your e-ticket, drop us an email or phone call at 6440 7330.

How late can I get tickets?
Online ticket sales closes 12 hours before each screening. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door during the festival through cash payment only.

How is the booking fee calculated?
The booking fee is charged at 3.9% + $0.50 per transaction. So, the more tickets you get, the more you'll save. Bulk discounts are also available and you can read more below.

Do you have discounted tickets for bulk orders?
Yes, we do! All orders of 20 tickets and above entitles you to a 10% discount. Orders of 50 tickets and above entitles you to a 15% discount.

Do you do exchanges or refunds?
There are no cancellations or refunds of tickets purchased however, exchange requests are accepted up to 48 hours before your first film. Physical tickets which have been collected can not be exchanged. Exchanges are chargeable at $2.50 per ticket changed.

What happens when a screening is sold out?
When tickets for a screening is no longer available, they will be listed as Rush Tickets (also known as last-minute tickets). The Rush System functions as a stand-by line that will form 30 minutes before showtime at the venue. Approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled showtime, empty seats are counted and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis to those in line. Rush ticket prices are the same as regular tickets and there is a limit of two tickets per person.

Where will it be held?
It will be held in Singapore at Capitol Theatre from 20-22 and 27-29 October 2017.

Help! I have more questions.
Not to worry, you can reach us at +65 6440 7330 on Mondays to Fridays, 9.30am to 6.30pm, or email us at info@designfilmfestival.com. You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

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