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'Requiem for Detroit?' | © Films of Record
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The UK’s First Architectural Film Festival Launches in London This June

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Art & Design Editor
Updated: 18 May 2017
Celebrating the interwoven relationship between architecture and film, the inaugural ArchFilmFest will launch in London on June 6, 2017.


The six-day festival boasts an inspiring programme of talks, workshops, specially-curated screenings including documentaries and premieres with director Q+A’s, as well as installations that will add an interactive element to the biennial.

Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, UK, 1982)
Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, UK, 1982) | © The Ladd Company

‘With so many crossovers between film and architecture, we felt it was time to celebrate and encourage more experimentation,’ said founders Manuel Toledo Otaegui of Arqfilmfest Santiago and Charlotte Skene Catling, co-founder of Skene Catling de la Pena architects.

They went on to express, ‘today’s technological reality is that mobile phones, drones, AI and VR play an integral part in our everyday lives; we can and are using these to augment our experience of, and responses to, the built environment. This festival will not only be a forum for debate; it has the potential to have a real and direct impact on the way architecture is thought about and, ultimately, developed.’

Concrete Love (Maurizius Starkle-Drux, Germany 2014)
Concrete Love (Maurizius Starkle-Drux, Germany 2014) | © Lichtblick Film

Each edition will have a particular theme and partner with an international body. For the first festival the focus will be Scale and the inaugural partner is Arqfilmfest in Santiago de Chile, bringing a Latin American perspective to the biennial.

Requiem for Detroit?
Requiem for Detroit? | © Films of Record

Exploring the creative terrains of architecture and filmmaking, the festival endeavours to encourage discussion, collaboration and discovery of these two disciplines.

It will focus on films where the city plays a pivotal role, such as with Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) or Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927), as well as the artistic exploration of the built environment by Gordon Matta-Clark and Rem Koolhaas, and the technological advancement of engineering and film production.

ArchFilmFest runs from June 6 to 11, 2017, between two London venues: ICA and Bargehouse.