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Winnipeg’s annu­al Architecture+Design Film Fes­ti­val (adff​.ca) is pleased to present over 20 crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed films this year – includ­ing doc­u­men­taries and dra­mas focus­ing on archi­tec­ture, urban design, graph­ics and prod­uct design. A+DFF is the only Cana­di­an based fes­ti­val devot­ed sole­ly to archi­tec­ture and design. The 21 films come from around the world and are not yet avail­able on stream­ing ser­vices or local theatres. 

I’m very excit­ed about this year’s line-up,” states Susan Algie, A+DFF Pro­gram­mer. Not only will these films offer us exclu­sive insights into build­ings, land­scapes and their design­ers, but they will also allow us to enjoy arm­chair trav­el to India, Africa, Europe to learn about archi­tec­ture and design around the world.” 

The full pro­gram is now online, high­lights this year include: 

• A spe­cial presentation/​panel discussion/​fundraising event fea­tur­ing Deco Dawson’s film, Dias­po­ra, March 19th, 6:30pm, at the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre (WECC). Filmed among the fad­ing archi­tec­ture of Winnipeg’s North End and Down­town and fea­tur­ing per­for­mances in 25 lan­guages, DIAS­PO­RA seeks to uncov­er the heart­break­ing strug­gles and absur­di­ty tied to arriv­ing in a new land. 

Tick­ets can be pur­chased at West End’s web­site!

• Vis­it­ing filmmakers! 

  • Jamie Kast­ner (Toron­to), Charlotte’s Cas­tle - When a for­eign-owned devel­op­er seeks to destroy Spad­i­na Gar­dens, a quirky cast of unlike­ly ten­ant activists bat­tle to safe­guard a Toron­to his­tor­i­cal landmark. 
  • Pat Williams (Stu­art Flori­da), Jane Davis Doggett - Jane Davis Doggett is best known for design­ing wayfind­ing sys­tems for 40 major air­port projects, many of which are still in use today. 
  • Max Ameron­gen (Edmon­ton) and Trevor Bod­dy (Van­cou­ver), Arthur Erickson’s Dyde House. Nes­tled among the aspen park­land of Alber­ta, a hid­den mas­ter­piece by one of Canada’s most cel­e­brat­ed archi­tects has been found. Arthur Erickson’s Dyde House is a one-hour doc­u­men­tary telling the sto­ry of an undis­cov­ered piece of his­to­ry and the archi­tects who are fight­ing for its future.
  • Trevor Bod­dy lec­ture on Why archi­tect Arthur Erick­son mat­ters”. Trevor Bod­dy is a crit­ic and cura­tor of con­tem­po­rary archi­tec­ture and a Van­cou­ver-based con­sult­ing urban designer. 

• Two World Pre­mieres: from Spain and Swe­den, and Cana­di­an Pre­mieres from the UK and Italy, including: 

More than a Muse­um — Direct­ed by Mor­rosko Vila-San-Juan, 2024, Spain 

Fol­low the design and con­struc­tion of the new Edvard Munch Muse­um in Oslo Nor­way, designed by archi­tects Estu­dio Herreros. 

Lew­er­entz — Direct­ed by Sven Blume. 2024, Sweden 

Sig­urd Lew­er­entz is one of the best known Swedish archi­tects around the world. Lew­er­entz did lit­tle writ­ing or pub­lic speak­ing. This film offers a unique look at the archi­tect, com­ple­ment­ed with archival film footage and photographs. 

Scala!!! Or The Incred­i­bly Strange Rise and Fall of the World’s Wildest Cin­e­ma and How It Influ­enced a Mixed-up Gen­er­a­tion of Weirdos and Mis­fits — Direct­ed by Jane Giles and Ali Cat­ter­all, 2023UK 

In Britain’s post-punk Thatch­er years, the infa­mous and leg­endary Scala cin­e­ma showed a diverse range of films, from high art to cult clas­sics, sex­ploita­tion, hor­ror, Kung-Fu and LGBTQIA+. Nudg­ing bound­aries of con­ven­tion, it became an inspi­ra­tion for future famous creatives. 

The Red Cor­ri­dor —  Direct­ed by Davide Rapp, 2023, Italy 

Il Cor­ri­doio Rosso” (“The Red Cor­ri­dor) is a tale of two cor­ri­dors, one a copy of the oth­er. One cor­ri­dor was curat­ed by artist Gio­van­ni Agosti at the Tri­en­nale di Milano; The oth­er cor­ri­dor is that of Agosti’s own home, a place sat­u­rat­ed with books, paint­ings and objects. 

Free noon hour films at Mil­len­ni­um Library, Cin­e­math­eque and Man­i­to­ba Asso­ci­a­tion of Archi­tects (101177 Lom­bard Avenue). All tick­ets (free and paid) for the Dave Bar­ber Cin­e­math­eque may be booked in advance and the oppor­tu­ni­ty to select your seats. Advance pur­chase is rec­om­mend­ed to avoid disappointment. 

Venues this year include: 

Dave Bar­ber Cin­e­math­eque, 100 Arthur Street — advance tick­ets with seat selec­tion are now!

• Mil­len­ni­um Library – Car­ol Shields Audi­to­ri­um, 251 Don­ald Street 

• Man­i­to­ba Asso­ci­a­tion of Architects/​Win­nipeg Archi­tec­ture Foun­da­tion, 101 – 177 Lom­bard Avenue