ByDesign 2023 – In the In-Between: Short Film Program [Hybrid]

Watch in person:
Mar. 17 at 9pm & Mar. 19 at 4pm

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!

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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.


With sumptuous colors, trippy visuals, and fourth-wall breaks, these shorts reimagine our built environments. As time warps and bits of the past bleed into the present, from Soviet buildings to Italian cinema, these films ricochet between nostalgia and haunting.

Header image credit: Exterior Day (Esterno giorno), dir. Giulia Magno


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:


(Manu Toro, Spain, 2022 6 min)

Poetics of the domestic formed with humor, magic and irony, articulating different moments of everyday life in a contemporary urban context.

Trailer >

Exterior Day (Esterno giorno)

(Giulia Magno, Italy, 2022, 8 min, in Italian with English subtitles) This film will not be included in the virtual program. Come to NWFF to watch it in person!

An architectural travelogue across Michelangelo Antonioni’s cinematic world.

Trailer >

Letters from the Middle Ground

(Vitika Agarwal, United Kingdom, 2022, 7 min, in English)

An architectural response to the postcolonial concept of “cultural hybridity” through a syncretism of British and Indian cultures.


(Rennie Taylor, Canada, 2022, 3 min, in English)

When a building with a history of community, opportunity and creativity is slated for the chopping block, does it make a sound?

Three-Day Notice to Pay or Vacate

(Director: Rachael Lang, Poet: Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, US, 2023, 1 min, in English)

A flash fiction piece from Adventures in Property Management (Sibling rivalry Press, 2017) adapted into video poem with the help of artist and videographer Rachael Lang.

What Shall We Do With These Buildings? (Що нам робити з цими будівлями?)

(Jonathan Ben-Shaul, Ukraine, 2022, 28 min, in Russian & Ukrainian with English subtitles)

A documentary-dance film that explores the legacy of Soviet architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

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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