3 Must-Watch Films at ADFF

Side By Side

Produced by Keanu Reeves, this documentary takes an in-depth look at the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. 15 June, 7.30pm

Google and The World Brain

The story of the most ambitious project ever conceived on the Internet. In 2002 Google began to scan millions of books in an effort to create a giant global library, containing every book in existence. But over half the books Google scanned were in copyright, and authors across the world launched a campaign to stop Google. 15 June, 12.30pm

Sign Painters

This documentary is the first anecdotal history of the craft of sign-painting; it features the stories of more than two dozen sign painters working in cities throughout the United States. 16 June, 9pm

Held on 15 and 16 June at The School of The Arts, the festival is organised by multidisciplinary art an design studio, Anonymous, and will feature a curated collection of 12 films dedicated to architecture, industrial design, fashion, photography, street art, motion graphics, technology and the subcultures of design.

“What we are basically trying to do is to contribute to the local creative industry/community by presenting films that may not be screened in the local cinemas,” says festival director Felix Ng.

Ng explains, “Itʼs not often that what we create as designers or artists gets captured in film. Itʼs either in a museum, a gallery or talked about in small independent press. Now we’ve found this incredible selection of films that celebrate the design process, and through a medium that speaks to non-designers as well.”

This year’s selection of films include ‘16 Acres’ (15 June, 2.45pm) which chronicles the decades-plus efforts to redevelop the Ground Zero site; ‘Super Size Me’ director Morgan Spurlock’s guide to geek heaven, ‘Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’ (15 June, 5pm) and New York Fashion Week documentary ‘The Tents’ (16 June, 11am). The 12 films follow three overaching themes – “Craft & Technology”, “Multidisciplinary” and “Social”.

Comic Con IV trailer

The Patron Pass

“The themes have one thing in common, they are topics or should I say trends that have everyone thinking about the future of what we do and what is to come,” explains Ng.

“Let’s take Social for example; our lives revolve around the need to interact with people be it through the Internet or in person. Everything we do or don’t, can create some form of social impact and it’s important to be aware of the outcomes and resolutions of these decisions,” he adds.

This year, the festival is giving the opportunity for attendees to be patrons by introducing a special ‘Patron Pass’. For only $300, the pass entitles you to the best seats in the house for all 12 films and to an invitation to the festival's opening dinner party, and not to mention having your name on the festival website and programme guide. Only 60 passes are available.

A Design Film Festival 2013: Soundtrack by madebyanonymous

This year’s edition even comes with a specially-designed soundtrack by local creative and long-time collaborator Daniel Koh. According to Koh, the soudntrack is an assortment of  music chosen for their cinematic elements as well as music from movies like ‘Berberian Sound Studio’, ‘Oblivion’, ‘The Limits Of Control’ and ‘Drive’. The music will be played as festival goers make their way into the theatre prior to each screening.

“It’s to keep the everyone on their toes and in the mood,”says Koh.

A Design Film Festival | Venue: Drama Theatre, SOTA, School of The Arts Singapore, 1 Zubir Said Drive | Tickets: $8-$12 from Ticket Tailor