The Architecture Design Art Film Festival is presented by The American Documentary Film Festival in partnership with Modernism Week. The mission of the festival is to foster understanding and engage audiences, industry and decision-makers in architecture, design and the arts. With a view to urban and residential planning, the Architecture Design Art Film Festival (ADAFF) aims to build awareness and encourage alternative forms of design as well as retention by resuscitating historically significant creations.

Architecture Design Art Film Festival (ADAFF) aims to create an atmosphere and opportunity for both creators and admirers of the arts to gather in an amazing setting where the essence of architecture, design and the arts is appreciated and fostered.

While we are open to any works related to these fields of creativity, please note that we require films that have good clean sound as well as focused picture. Date of production is not relevant, though we are always excited to discover new works about the creative process. Retrospective and reprisal screenings in the Palm Springs area are accepted. A special emphasis will be placed on finding works of design related to modern architecture and the components and lifestyle that are mutually linked. If invited, please note that if your work is currently on the web on services such as free youtube or vimeo, it is required that the work be pulled from the web until after the end of the festival.

Please make certain that when submitting you note your tracking number on all relevant materials, i.e., shipping envelope and disc(s). Also, each disc must have the contact information of the submitter. The festival is not responsible for returning submitted materials. We do not dispose of submitted material, it will remain in our festival archives unless instructed otherwise.

Architecture Design Art Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Architecture Design Art Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Really great to have been selected for the festival. Because of the Covid restrictions, I was unable to visit but all of the communication from the festival team was clear and prompt - really well run. On to next year!

    February 2021
  • Ned Daly

    Tough year to run a festival. Great responsiveness by the organizers. Best of luck in future.

    February 2021
  • Chuck Cummings

    Held in conjunction with Modernism Week in beautiful Palm Springs, ADAFF was a great fit for screening my short film. I appreciated the timely communication from the organizer, Teddy, and was gratified by the audience response to my short. The unexpected Q&A session at the end of the screening was an added bonus. ADAFF skips the big parties and red carpet glamour, but it provides a welcome niche for filmmakers whose architecture/design/art-related projects won't find a home in most festival programs.

    February 2019
  • Inti Carboni

    It was an honor to be part of this festival and his outstanding selection.

    March 2018