ADFF: Toronto 2023

ADFF had another successful run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox from November 1 to 4.

Credit: Harry Choi

For four nights Toronto was treated to an intriguing line-up of films and programming that explored the vibrant landscape of architecture and design.  “When programming the festival, our goal is simply to present the best films possible. This year, some themes emerged during the selection process. These include: the impacts of climate change, a spotlight on architecture in Asia, women’s perspective in architecture, and a universal desire to understand one’s parent and by process, one’s own life,” said the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFFfounder and director, Kyle Bergman.

Credit: Harry Choi

The festival opened with the Canadian premiere of Modernism Inc., a documentary about the  legacy of architect Eliot Noyes who not only made a lasting impact on architecture, but also began the trend of shaping the design ethos of major corporations, including IBM and Mobil, precluding design-driven brands such as Apple and Google. The festival’s closing film was the Canadian premiere of We Start With The Things We Find, an exploration of the work of Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, architects and founders of the visionary firm, LOT-EK.

Mary Wiens of CBC’s Metro Morning moderates a conversation with My Architect director Nathaniel Kahn (Credit: Harry Choi)