October has become a busy month in the design world. If you’re living in the United States, New York specifically, it means Archtober: a portmanteau that means the city is flooded with architecture activities, programs and exhibitions, piled onto an already rich design calendar. One of these events is the New York Architecture & Design Film Festival, which started on Tuesday night and runs through Sunday October 18th, and will screen 30 films from around the world in 15 curated, themed programs. This week, I was able to visit the festival to absorb the atmosphere and speak to the festival's director Kyle Bergman, to learn the ins and outs of this year’s festival, how things got started, and where it will go in the future. The Architecture and Design Film Festival became a formal affair in 2009, when it had its inaugural event at a local two-screen cinema in Vermont’s Mad River Valley, but was actually started almost a decade earlier in 2000. That was when architect Kyle Bergman began to envision a forum for his love of architectural cinema, one that he hoped could be pivoted into a greater design event. The main objective would be to welcome the general public and to broaden a discipline often seen as overly myopic and insular.
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