Architecture + Film


Good architecture, as good filmmaking, responds to the human condition in narrative form. Both encapsulate culture as the experience of space and time.

ArchFilmFest brings together the key positions and preoccupations that straddle the border between architecture and filmmaking. By providing a platform for these disciplines to meet, creating dialogue around form, content, technique and technology, we are promoting a deeper collaboration between them. From storytelling themes to the new frontiers opened by CGI and virtual reality, to architecture as central film ‘character’, this festival will promote a multifarious interpretation of the core premise.

Our mission is to produce a unique festival experience, with an additional programme of events to take place between festivals, extending the discussion and the influence of the topic throughout the film and architecture industries.



Architecture and film unfold at different scales, taking us to real and virtual worlds. Both start with the imagination before taking on their own. Films are set in cities, landscapes and buildings where architecture is a visual shorthand, telling us about characters and the plot in an instant. The buildings and urban spaces we inhabit daily play active roles in our lives that can feel oppressive, protective, hostile or even sublime.

Film can give architects a more profound understanding of how architecture is experienced, and another perspective for both their theoretical and built work. Yet a dedicated festival that explores architecture and film together was never before held in the UK.