BUDAPEST ARCHITECTURE FILM DAYS
The Budapest Architecture Film Days is one Europe’s leading architecture film festivals. Organized by KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center since 2008, the festival uses the medium of film to help the wide public get acquainted with contemporary questions of architecture and urbanism, and to highlight the inherent connections between architecture and cinema. The festival presents documentaries, feature and short films, experimental works and artist videos, animation and advertisement movies, all depicting various aspects of architecture and the city.
The Film Days’ mission is to generate a dialogue between the architectural practice that finds inspiration in cinema, and the cinema borrowing its subjects from architecture and the city. Besides portraits of architects and architectures, the festival’s more than 200 films have been organized around thematic focal points. The selection “Architecture and Politics”, revealed political conflicts around buildings, “We Are Not Afraid of the Future”, “Memories of Modernism” and “Modernism and What Followed” analyzed the reception of modernist architecture, “Movement and Architecture” and “Mediums of Architecture” explored the relationship of architecture to dance and photography, “Uneven Development”, “Post-Cities” and “Changing Landscapes” presented the contradictions of the urbanization process, “Untypical Communities” and “Realized Utopias” reported on alternative lifestyles blossoming at the peripheries of cities, “Forms of Building” and “Lives of Buildings” depicted various life periods of buildings, “The City and the Elements” and “Architecture and Obsession” talked about buildings in the context of perception and emotions, “Abandoned Cities” and “Vacant” investigated the problems and possibilities of shrinking cities.
BÉF held screenings in a subway station under construction and community garden, and in the frame of international cooperations, in a Bratislava rooftop terrace, a Brno tram stop, a Kiev factory and a Vienna museum court. The screenings are accompanied by public talks, professional workshops, urban walks, photo exhibitions and parties, and after last festival’s opening film the Chief Architect of Budapest debuted as a Dj.
Scheduled for March 5-8, 2015, the 7th Budapest Architecture Film Days invites all architecture and cinema lovers with a broader selection of films and exciting events. BÉF7 is not limited to the festival weekend. Before and after the festival, various movie theaters and new, emerging public spaces will host site-specific screenings, building on the power of film in reactivating urban spaces.
Organizers| Gábor Fehér, Daniella Huszár, Levente Polyák, Noémi Soltész
Graphic design | István Csekk
FILMS OF THE 2014 FESTIVAL
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