Singapore Design Film Festival Starts
A Singapore duo is kicking off a film festival and an art exhibition devoted to industrial designer Dieter Rams, intending to make November the month of design in this city-state.
Felix Ng and Germaine Chong startedÂ A Design Film FestivalÂ last year, screening movies such as â€œHerb & Dorothyâ€ and â€œMilton Glaser: To Inform and Delightâ€ in conjunction with the state-run Singapore Design Festival.Â
â€œWe didnâ€™t think a lot of people would come,â€ Mr. Ng said. To their surprise, tickets to the 10-day event sold so quickly that it was extended. It later traveled to Bangkok; Taipei; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Berlin.
The encouragement he and Ms. Chong got from filmmakers spurred them to put the festival on again. â€œLast year, we said we were probably not going to do it again, but we found some very good films,â€ Mr. Ng said. â€œThis year, weâ€™ll be showing double the number.â€
A Design Film Festival, or ADFF, starts today and runs until Nov. 20. It features 15 films, including â€œPressPausePlay,â€ a series of interviews with digital pioneers like Larry Lessig and Ze Frank; â€œCitizen Architect,â€ which follows the work of Samuel Mockbee; and documentaries about Japanese fashion designers Jun Takahashi and Yohji Yamamoto.