ADFF Announces Fall Plans & Calls for Films Related to Social Justice

ADFF 2020 Will Create New Opportunities for Reaching a Wider Audience in an Online Format

In response to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and for the safety of its audiences, the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) has decided to change the format for its fall events. Presented by Eventscape, the 12th season of ADFF will take place during a two-week period, November 19 – December 3, offering a robust program of online content for film and design buffs across the U.S. and Canada. As always, ADFF will curate a selection of films that celebrate the creative spirit behind architecture and design paired with introductions by special guests and director Q&As.

Kyle Bergman, Founder and Director of ADFF explains, “This pandemic has shaken the world like nothing else in our lifetime. It is now more important than ever to continue to share inspiring stories of art, culture, architecture and design, to stay positive and look forward to a brighter future for humanity.”

In the spring, ADFF:Online drew thousands of visitors to their screens for two multi-day, live events. ADFF also enjoyed a dynamic partnership with Neocon, offering up four days of programming as part of the virtual NeoConnect experience, and again touched thousands of design lovers looking for uplifting content across North America. Building off all of that success, ADFF 2020 will present 16-20 film programs. Each program will have special introductions and Q&As with the directors and protagonists from the films. The festival will create additional opportunities for live chats and other programming that will take place during the festival.

The structure of ADFF 2020 was conceived to fit the unique moment that society is currently experiencing. The new format will make ADFF available to a much broader audience than in previous years, open to anyone in the U.S. and Canada.

“After seeing how many people tuned in for 12 nights of online programming this spring, we are expecting a much larger audience than the 22,500 people who attended all of ADFF’s live events last year,” states Bergman.

ADFF has already received many great films that are under consideration for this year’s lineup, but is still accepting submissions until August 7. With the understanding that deep-rooted social injustices continue to plague our society, particularly related to race and gender, the festival is strongly encouraging filmmakers to submit films that connect issues of social justice with architecture and design. ADFF will waive the submission fees for films that fit into this category. More information about submitting a film can be found at

The full program for ADFF 2020 will be announced in mid-September.

Previous Films:

City Dreamers


Gateways to New York

The New Bauhaus


Founded in 2009, the Architecture & Design Film Festival celebrates the creative spirit that drives architecture and design. Through a curated selection of films, events, and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain, and engage all types of people who are excited about architecture and design. It has grown into the world’s preeminent film festival devoted to the subject with annual festivals across the U.S. and Canada and satellite events around the world. For more information, visit or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.