21st Annual ByDesign Film Festival Explores Dynamic Intersections of Design and the Moving Image
March 19–28, 2021
Presented by Northwest Film Forum and Design in Public
Seattle, WA — February 25, 2021 — Seattle-based organizations Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), a nonprofit community hub and film center, and Design in Public (DiP), a strategic initiative of AIA Seattle, join forces once again to present the 21st Annual ByDesign Festival. Integrating the missions and visions of both organizations, ByDesign Festival is a cross-cultural exploration of people, structures, and ideas at the intersection of design and the moving image.
ByDesign’s film program, composed of nine feature films and one short film package, collectively dissects the intentions and industries that produce our habitative environments. The festival also celebrates the efforts of those who continue to reassert human subjectivity and sustainability as integral considerations in design work. Using a cinematic lens, ByDesign criss-crosses the world to listen to new harmonics between design thinking and the concerns of daily life.
“The film programming in this year’s festival has a strong emphasis on the body, the natural world, and the digital world,” explains Northwest Film Forum Executive Director Vivian Hua. “Those concepts inform all of ByDesign Festival 2021’s explorations of movement and music, environmentalism and displacement, and excursions into neuroscience and artificial intelligence.”
NWFF Artistic Director Rana San adds, “As the restrictions of the pandemic wear on and emotions wear thin, our spatial relationships are narrowing and becoming more rigid. ByDesign offers an invitation to disrupt this digital disillusionment. Treat yourself to some of the things we miss most at home—travel to Brasília and Addis Ababa, reinhabit your body (go ahead, press pause and take a dance break!), and dare to engage in creative experimentation.”
The 2021 festival is the second year in a row to be presented in virtual space, with programming available to viewers on a sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can basis of $5–25, with no-fee community tickets upon request. All film programs will be available for viewing throughout the entire festival, allowing festivalgoers to tune in when their schedule allows, no matter the timezone. Half of the film programs are available globally; half have some regional viewing restrictions.
Full festival program of feature and short films can be found below!
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