The second annual A Design Film Festival launched last week in Singapore and as lovers of both design and film we can say with certainty it’s an event you’ll want to check out. Last year’s inaugural edition was a massive success, later touring to Bangkok, Taipei, Taiwan and Berlin, so in anticipation of yet another sell-out lineup we caught up with festival curator and 2011 ADC Young Gun Felix Ng to find out more.
What have you got planned for this year’s festival?
For this year’s festival, we have a brand new line-up, expanded programme and new collaborations. There are a few surprises this year which I believe will set us apart from the way film festivals have traditionally been organised. At the same time, we will also be hosting plusminusten, an exhibition celebrating Dieter Rams’ ten principles for good design. It is held from November 11 to 24 at Old School.
What’s the motivation for showcasing design films specifically?
It’s not often that what we create as designers or artists gets captured in film. It’s either in a museum, a gallery or talked about in small independent press. _A Design Film Festival_ was conceived to use film as a medium not only to inform and delight designer,s but non-designers as well.
You’ve recently picked up an ADC Young Guns award, how has that been and has it raised the festival’s profile?
I’m very honored to have been selected for Young Guns! I haven’t noticed any difference so far (i.e head-hunted), but that’s probably because I’m based in Singapore and I run my own office.
However, I think the close-knit/family approach of ADC, the team running Young Guns and the network has definitely made us new friends. For example, I met up with Masashi Kawamura when he was in town recently. Timothy Goodman, Hellovon, Jessica Hische and Frank Chimero – all Young Guns winners – have been featured in our publication, Bracket.
Do you have a farourite film this year?
It’s difficult to choose one favorite (honestly they’re all outstanding) but I would say that the must-watch films this year are Yohji Yamamoto: This is my Dream and New York In Motion.
- Ed Carvalho-Monaghan’s line work is translated into knitwear for It’s Nice That’s Unmade collection
- A fierce portrait of the battles, snaps and outrageous outfits of voguing culture from Ewen Spencer
- Artist Andrey Remnev’s hypnotic Russian Medieval-style paintings
- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- New Adult Swim project from the bonkers people behind some sexy Craigslist animations