Online FilmFest – A first for

In the spirit of presenting great design content, we are excited to introduce the Design Indaba Online FilmFest - happening this October on

What do two Swedish entrepreneurs, a doctor, a professor and a former businessman from Singapore have in common? They are the creativity and inspiration behind the world-changing ideas that feature in the Focus Forward short films.

Design Indaba is excited to announce our first online film festival, which will screen during the month of October on We will host 10 of the Focus Forward short films through the course of the month. The Design Indaba Online FilmFest is a prelude to the main event that occurs parallel to the Conference and Expo, which takes place in Cape Town during February and March 2013.

With concept for these films loosely defined as "short films, big ideas", directors from every corner of the globe entered three minute films showcasing forward-thinking individuals who demonstrate innovation and expertise in chosen fields of endeavour.

Progressive and entertaining, these three minute films validate the use of creative thinking in problem solving. A simple spark of creativity has lead to vast changes in the lives of the people portrayed as well as those that directly benefit from it. The topics are as diverse and intriguing as the people behind these documentaries, and the format allows them to be accessible to millions.

GE partnered with CINELAN to produce and publish the films that are directed by only the most distinguished independent directors in the industry today. Films have been released at festivals around the world and now, for the first time, will be shown on

“Focus Forward films will highlight exceptional people and world-changing ideas that have impacted the course of human development, now and then, or with great potential to significantly affect how we live in the next generation.“ –