ByDesign 2023 – A New POV: Short Film Program [Hybrid]

Watch in person:
Mar. 18 at 6pm & Mar. 19 at 7:30pm

Watch online: Mar. 17–26, 2023

In-person tickets >

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

Virtual tickets >

Pay what you can, $5-25

Festival passes >

$50-90 Sliding Scale
$30 for NWFF members!

VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, and HYBRID (virtual AND in-person) Festival Passes are available

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Ticketing, concessions, cinemas, restrooms, and our public edit lab are located on Northwest Film Forum’s ground floor, which is wheelchair accessible. All doors in Northwest Film Forum are non-motorized, and may require staff assistance to open. Our upstairs workshop room is not wheelchair accessible.

The majority of seats in our main cinema are 21″ wide from armrest to armrest; some seats are 19″ wide. We are working on creating the option of removable armrests!

We have a limited number of assistive listening devices available for programs hosted in our larger theater, Cinema 1. These devices are maintained by the Technical Director, and can be requested at the ticketing and concessions counter. Also available at the front desk is a Sensory Kit you can borrow, which includes a Communication Card, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys.

The Forum does NOT have assistive devices for the visually impaired, and is not (yet) a scent-free venue. Our commitment to increasing access for our audiences is ongoing, and we welcome all public input on the subject!

If you have additional specific questions about accessibility at our venue, please contact our Patron Services Manager at Our phone number (206-329-2629) is voicemail-only, but we check it often.

Made possible due to a grant from Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Sensory Access, our Sensory Access document presents a visual and descriptive walk-through of the NWFF space. View it in advance of attending an in-person event at, in order to prepare yourself for the experience.

🆓 Free Community Tickets 🆓

A number of seats will be held at each show for members of the community for whom ticket cost is an obstacle. If you’d like to attend free of charge, please email María and Paul (, to let them know which program and showtime you’re interested in!

⚠️ Covid-19 Policies ⚠️

NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. Disposable masks are available at the door for those who need them. We are not currently checking vaccination cards. Recent variants of COVID-19 readily infect and spread between individuals regardless of vaccination status.

Read more about NWFF’s policies regarding cleaning, masks, and capacity limitations here.


These imaginative, lovingly crafted shorts take on the POV of objects, materials, and edifices around us, imbuing them with hopes and regrets, dreams and purpose.

Header image credit: Our Ark, dir. Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton


FAQ: How do I watch in-person?
  • Purchase your ticket through Brown Paper Tickets; come to the show!
  • You can also purchase a ticket on the day of the screening at Northwest Film Forum’s box office (1515 12th Ave, Seattle).
  • If you have purchased a Hybrid or In-Person-Only Festival Pass, we’ll be able to look you up at Will Call by the name you purchased under.
FAQ: How do I watch online?
  • Purchase your ticket through Northwest Film Forum’s Eventive virtual cinema. A free Eventive login is required.
  • From the Eventive virtual catalog page, purchased tickets will appear under “My Content Library” under your user menu (upper-right). From the Eventive festival landing page, they will appear under “My Tickets” on the site’s menu bar (at top).
  • Your confirmation email will also route you back to these pages to watch. (Can’t find it? Check spam!)
  • If all else fails, please contact

Films in this program:

Bad Neighborhoods

(Webster Crowell, US, 2021, 2 min, nonverbal)

The architecture of the urban world, while responsive and living in its own right, is not necessarily hospitable.

Aurora – The Street That Wanted To Be a River

(Radhi Meron, Brazil, 2021, 10 min, in Portuguese with English subtitles)

If the streets could talk, what would they say?” Aurora is a sad and lonely street of a big city. On a rainy day, she remembers her trajectory and dreams about the future, asking herself: “Is it possible for a street to die?

Trailer >


(Meghan Ho-Tong, Lucienne Bestall & Matty Roodt, South Africa, 2021, 7 min, in English)

Shot at a modernist Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) in South Africa, Chorus‘s fictional narrative frees it from historical specificity, opening up the church’s otherworldly structure and landscape to creative reinvention. The film’s narration recalls how the voices of a congregation became autonomous from the bodies that spoke them, and occupied the building with their song.

Ecstatic femme voices lead a dissent, gathering in the upper reaches of the spire. This haunting of disembodied, spectral sopranos becomes a collective voice of resistance that throws into sharp relief the ideologies that disavowed their nonfictional speakers.

Trailer >

House of Existence (Jon-Jae-Ui Jib)

(Joung Yumi, South Korea, 2022, 8 min)

There it is, the house, drawn in pencil. It’s starting to fall apart. The bricks come loose from the wall, the front door falls off its hinges and the walls break away. Everything sinks into endless nothingness. Rooms become visible. Furniture shatters, objects fall to the floor and the roof slides off. Melancholy and the opportunity to leave are all that remains.

Trailer >

Papagalo, What’s the Time?

(Ingel Vaikla, Belgium, 2022, 4 min)

An exploration of the architecture of the former Yugoslavian pavilion from the Brussels World Expo (1958) in its current function as Sint-Pauluscollege.

Trailer >

Our Ark

(Deniz Tortum & Kathryn Hamilton, US & Netherlands, 2021, 13 min, in English)

Now that it is technologically possible, there is an effort to capture every facet of our world as a virtual simulacrum. Everything from forests, to monuments, to everyday objects such as garbage bags can be scanned in three dimensions to be digitally archived.

As if it were possible to back up the planet, and as if that would stave off ecological collapse, we are feverishly creating a digital Noah’s Ark to be populated by 3D models of animals, rainforests, cities and people.

In this video essay, Deniz Tortum and Kathryn Hamilton pose complex philosophical questions about the limits of this consuming desire to document and record the planet, and what humanity risks losing as we stand on the brink of environmental collapse.

Trailer >

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⚠️ Please note: NWFF patrons will be required to wear masks that cover both nose and mouth while in the building. We are not currently checking vaccination cards.

ByDesign Festival is a cross-cultural exploration of people, structures, and ideas at the intersection of design and the moving image. With a broad, inclusive selection of films, ByDesign 2023 invites festivalgoers to interrogate their own relationships to personal and collective identity and to examine how humanity’s understanding of itself is central to the ways in which it creates the physical world.

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