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The Design Film Festival

An online festival showcasing films by designers, and films on design by filmmakers and artists.

What to expect

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 11 September to 1 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.


Kingston School of Art is one of the best art and design schools in the world, as shown in subject rankings, research performance, industry and student awards.

Parsons School of Design enables students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a rapidly changing society.

Renowned for the quality of its bachelor's and master's degrees in Fine Arts, Cinema, Interior Architecture, Space and Communication, Visual Communication as well as Fashion and Accessory Design, HEAD – Genève has established itself as one of the leading schools of art and design in Europe.

Part of a worldwide network, the Institut français in London encourages cross- cultural exchange and presents the best of French culture.

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