ADFF Announces Opening Film for 2021 🎥

13th Edition of ADFF: NY Returns this Fall with In-Person Screenings & Special Guests to Kick-off Tour Across US & Canada

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF), the world’s largest film festival devoted to architecture & design, will return to New York for its 13th edition at the Cinépolis Chelsea (260 West 23rd Street) from September 29 РOctober 3. ADFF:NY has become a highlight of Archtober, New York City’s month-long festival of architecture and design each October. After a year full of virtual screenings, ADFF looks forward to bringing its supporters and the design community back together again in person this fall.

Following its virtual premiere at SXSW ‚Äė21, ADFF:NY‚Äôs opening night will feature the¬†in-person world premiere¬†of¬†MAU, the first-ever, feature-length documentary about design visionary,¬†Bruce Mau. The film explores the creative dark horse and his unlikely journey from a world-class graphic designer to designer of the world. A pioneer of life-centered, transformative design, Mau‚Äôs work spans a range of creative endeavors. He has advised global brands like Coca Cola and Disney, reimagined the future of Mecca, Islam‚Äôs holiest site, worked with some of the greatest living architects, and even rebranded nations like Guatemala and Denmark. The film also highlights Mau‚Äôs wife, co-founder, designer and Chief Insights Officer of the Massive Change Network and the engine behind their shared enterprise,¬†Bisi Williams. Written and directed by Austrian filmmakers¬†Benji & Jono Bergmann, and produced by¬†Karol Martesko-Fenster, the film tells a character-driven story interwoven with Mau‚Äôs 24 principles for Massive Change. The Bergmann brothers and Bisi Williams will join Bruce Mau for the opening night screenings and festivities held at the prestigious¬†Directors Guild Theatre¬†located at 110 West 57th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

MAU will also be the featured film for the opening nights of ADFF:LA (October 14-17), ADFF:Toronto (November 3-7), ADFF:Vancouver (November 10-13) and ADFF:DC ( January 6-9, 2022). Bruce Mau and Bisi Williams will attend ADFF:LA’s opening night in West Hollywood and ADFF:Toronto’s opening night. ADFF:LA will take place at Helms Bakery District in Culver City. Attendees of ADFF:NY and ADFF:LA will have the opportunity to experience short films in the ADFF Lounge in a robust home theater setup provided by LG SIGNATURE.

Other films of note joining ADFF:NY’s 2021 lineup include the NY Premiere of Breuer’s Bohemia and Beyond Zero. In the film Breuer’s Bohemia, Director James Crump explores a vibrant period of midcentury modern design and culture as seen through the influential New England houses designed by celebrated Bauhaus furniture maker and iconic twentieth-century architect, Marcel Breuer for his circle of clients and friends. Beyond Zero, Written and directed by Nathan Harvey, follows Interface Founder & Chairman Ray Anderson’s unique approach to achieving sustainability at the corporate level and the purposeful transformation Interface underwent to become one of the most sustainable manufacturing companies in the world. Both directors will be in New York for Q&As following their respective screenings.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival is generously supported by its presenting sponsor, Eventscape, an award-winning design, engineering, and architectural fabrication firm. ADFF: NY’s complete schedule and roster of films will be announced in August. Tickets will go on sale in early September. Additional announcements and programming will also be regularly updated on the @ADFILMFEST social media channels.


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 largest film festival devoted to the subject with an annual festival in New York and satellite events around the world. For more information, visit or @ADFILMFEST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.