The 2013 Design Indaba FilmFest screens from 17 February to 3 March 2013, bringing Cape Town audiences a sterling selection of design premieres.

Forming part of the preamble to the annual Design Indaba Conference and Expo, the FilmFest allows creative enthusiasts access to affordable, inspirational feature films and documentaries.

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Design Indaba FilmFest is presented in association with DStv

Proudly supported by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).


Some films may contain language, nudity and violence not suitable for sensitive viewers.

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    • Sunday, 17 February, 2013 - 19:30 to Sunday, 3 March, 2013 - 22:30

    Daily screenings at 20:30. Doors open at 19:30. Tickets available online and at the door. 

    Please note the rooftop only has stair access so it is unfortunately not wheelchair friendly. 

    Due to the nature of this outdoor cinema, should we have to suspend the film for more than 30 minutes due to weather conditions, we will be forced to cancel the event and will refund your money. 

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Produced by Keanu Reeves, Side by Side explores the relationship between traditional way of making films and the digital technology of the 21st century. Including interviews with master filmmakers including George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron and Steven Soderbergh, Side by Side documents the digital revolution in movies revealing a respect for the old and an enthusiasm for the new. 

This film screens on Sunday 17 February at 20:30. 

Please Subscribe is a documentary explaining the YouTube phenomenon and what it means to be a “YouTuber”. The film, showing for the first time outside the United States, explores the different journeys taken by some of the medium’s top creators and how it got them to where they are today. Highlighting that YouTube enables people to follow their own unique creative process without the influence of others, Please Subscribe gives profound insight into the online video revolution and its weighty effect on lives worldwide. 

This film screens on Monday 18 February at 20:30. 

Design & Thinking is a documentary exploring the concept of “design thinking” and its impact on the world. The film highlights the fundamental changes in the way people look at problems and the impact each may have on design. Through applying methodologies and approaches in design to a broader set of issues in business and society, Design Thinking is seen as a tool to solve every problem, from daily life decisions to business challenges and world hunger problems. 

This film screens on Tuesday 19 February at 20:30.

This 52-minute documentary made in Austria encourages the discipline of food design to be considered alongside product designs, on par with Armani suits and Alessi coffee cups. Food Design invites the audience to take part in a sensual journey through the wonderful world of food, exploring all its processes, techniques and stories.

This film screens on Wednesday 20 February at 20:30.

Bringing humour into fine art, Wayne White touches people in ways they don’t know or understand. The joyful and inspiring documentary looks at the highs and lows of the painter, art director, puppeteer, illustrator and overall raconteur’s 30-year-long career. Living by one rule: "Do what you love, and it’ll lead to where you want to go," White’s passion for art is truly inspiring. 

This film screens on Thrsday 21 February at 20:30.

Departing on a historic train to play music across America, “Big Easy Express” documents the musical journey of an extraordinary tour. Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes travel together on a “tour of dreams” from San Francisco to New Orleans, making many stops along the way to perform at a number of sold-out shows. 

This film screens on Friday 22 February at 20:30.

Revealing a man of unrelenting sprit and defiance, China’s most famous international artist Ai Weiwei is on a mission to uncover the truths hidden by the Chinese government. Blurring the lines between art and politics, Ai Weiwei expresses himself and organises people through art and social media. First-time director Alison Klayman’s unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei results in this 91-minute documentary: a detailed portrait of one of China’s most compelling figures and an inside story exploring contemporary China. 

This film screens on Saturday 23 February at 20:30.

Departing on a historic train to play music across America, “Big Easy Express” documents the musical journey of an extraordinary tour. Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes travel together on a “tour of dreams” from San Francisco to New Orleans, making many stops along the way to perform at a number of sold-out shows. 

This film screens on Friday 24 February at 20:30.


From the world’s largest landfill comes the true story of a renowned New York artist and a group of scavengers. The award-winning 99-minute feature documentary follows contemporary artist Vik Muniz in his quest to change the lives of people by using materials they work with every day. Directed by Lucy Walker, João Jardim and Karen Harley, Waste Land highlights the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. 

This film screens on Monday 25 February at 20:30.

Morgan Spurlock’s film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope explores one of the biggest pop culture events, which takes place annually in America. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans quickly grew into a cultural phenomenon influencing various forms of entertainment. Today the event is attended by over 140 000 people. The 88-minute documentary follows the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

This film screens on Tuesday 26 February at 20:30.

Filmed as part of the Creative Inspiration series, this documentary takes an intimate look at the work of an extraordinary designer “motivated by uncovering what is possible with art and design”.  Taking us deep into the world of her startlingly intricate creations, from her private workspace near Vancouver to the public arena of her one-woman show, Bantjes speaks vividly and candidly about design and the design world. The film features interviews from her many prestigious collaborators, including design legends Debbie Millman, Michael Beirut and Paula Scher.

Marian Bantjes will be in attendance at the screeing of Marian Bantjes, Graphic Artist

This film screens on Wednesday 27 February at 20:30.

Diana Vreeland, influential fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, sensed the fashion world was on its way to something global and brought people into a modern period. Seeing herself as the one and only fashion editor, Vreeland’s strong influence on the course of fashion, beauty and culture turned her into one of fashion’s most celebrated women. Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel is a 92-minute documentary that explores how Vreeland defined style and beauty for a new generation. 

This film screens on Thursday 28 February at 20:30.

Merging science, technology, design and opera, The International Space Orchestra captures the behind-the-scenes action during the creation of the world’s first International Space Orchestra. Screening for the first time since its premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival, the film is directed by Nelly Ben Hayoun (Design Indaba 2011) who assembled space scientists to perform a unique drama of non-terrestrial communication and the techno-wonders of mission control rooms. Uplifting, moving and spectacular, The International Space Orchestra reveals a “universal language written in the stars and shared by global hearts”.

Nelly Ben Hayoun will be in attendance at the screening of The International Space Orchestra

This film screens on Friday 1 March at 20:30.

Directly and boldly challenging the audience, Marina Abramović transforms herself into a life form of art. The fearless and outrageous feature-length documentary follows the artist as she prepares for one of the most important moments of her life. Set in the Museum of Modern Art, Abramović pushes herself beyond limits and strives to answer the question that has been on her mind for 40 years: “But why is this art?”

This film screens on Saturday 2 March at 20:30.

A thoughtful and uplifting look into a variety of creative thinkers across many disciplines, “From Nothing, Something” documents numerous creative processes of unique and accomplished talents. From rock stars and comedians to architects and choreographers, the 79-minute feature film finds common ideas, methods, and neuroses that help bring breathtaking and groundbreaking ideas into the world. 

This film screens on Sunday 3 March at 20:30.

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