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Nov 19 2020 Film /

Architecture and Design Film Festival l 2020

November 19 - December 3, 2020

5$ USD per film for TSA members (promo code in e-bulletins), $10 USD General Admission, $110 USD for All-Access Pass

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The Architecture and Design Film Festival — North America’s largest film festival dedicated to architecture and design — is back for another year, celebrating architecture and design through a curated list of high-quality films and engaging discussions. For 2020, the festival is taking a new virtual format that will allow you to enjoy the festival experience from the comfort of your own home anywhere in Canada and the US!

The 2020 festival will be taking place from November 19 to December 3, featuring 17 curated on-demand film programs and numerous post-screen screening discussions to inspire and entertain.

This year, the TSA is proud to once again partner with ADFF to bring engaging and timely discussions to this year’s festival, co-presenting two films highlighting Canadian stories, along with some very special introductions and post-screening discussions! 

Both Magical Imperfection: The Life and Architecture of Raymond Moriyama and There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace!—the films co-presented by the TSA—can be streamed for free, with paid tickets available for a special director’s cut screening of There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace!

More information about the films and discussions presented by the TSA can be found below. Make sure to check out the full list of films being showcased at this year’s festival on the ADFF websiteTSA Members get 50% off on tickets for any of the films in this year’s roster!

There’s No Place Like This, Place, Anyplace!
2020 l dir. Lulu Wei

There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace looks at the transformation of a much-loved Toronto landmark, the Honest Ed’s block, through the stories of its community members who are forced to relocate when it is sold to a developer. The film chronicles the evolution of their lives as they reconcile their history with the future, all while facing the biggest housing crisis the country has ever seen.

This film will be introduced by Mike Layton, the local councillor for the area where the Honest Ed’s redevelopment is taking place.

Post-screening Q&A with:

  • Lulu Wei, Director
  • Alex Bozikovic, Architecture Critic, The Globe and Mail (Moderator)
Get Tickets (TV Version) *

Get Tickets (Film Festival Version) **
*Free viewing for Canadian audiences (44 mins)
**Paid viewing for Canadian audiences (75 mins director’s cut)

Watching from the United States? Get your tickets for the US-licensed version of the movie here!

Magical Imperfection: The Life & Architecture of Raymond Moriyama
2020 l dir. Scott Calbeck

Raymond Moriyama’s acclaimed architectural achievements emerge from his life experience including the trauma of wartime internment as a Japanese Canadian, and his view of the architect’s role in society – to reflect inclusion and democracy. This is an unflinching first-person chronicle of his journey to prominence as an architect. [TVO]

This film will be introduced by Bruce Kuwabara, partner at KPMB Architects in Toronto.

Post-Screening Q&A with:

  • Scott Calbeck, Director
  • Carol Phillips, Partner, Moriyama and Teshima Architects
  • Stefan Novakovic, Web Editor, Azure Magazine (Moderator)
Get tickets *
*Free viewing for Canadian audiences

Watching from the United States? Get your tickets for the US-licensed version of the movie here!

Looking for the full list of films showcased at this year’s ADFF? See the complete programme on the festival’s website!

The Toronto Society of Architects is a proud Industry Partner of the Architecture and Design Film Festival 2020.