Architecture & Design Film Festival

Thursday 12 – Monday 16 April 2012

Design Directs Everything. Now in its third year, the Architecture and Design Film Festival is getting ready for a return to Chicago – the town renowned for its ongoing love affair with architecture. The Chicago festival, April 12-16, will be held at the Music Box Theatre.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival will return to the Chicago this April with a completely new selection of feature length films, documentaries and shorts. Plus, there will be lively discussions with filmmakers, architects, designers and other industry leaders on a variety of topics about the design process, architecture in film, and the brilliant designs we see and use every day.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) is excited about the exceptional program of films that will be shown at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre April 12-16. We will screen more than 30 films (features to award-winning shorts) from 13 countries and the majority of these films will be having their Chicago premiere at the festival. This year’s festival offers a wide variety of films representing a diverse range of viewpoints and issues.


Thursday, April 12th, 2012

  • 8:00pm: Unfinished Spaces


Ticket prices per program:

  • $11 general admission
  • $9.50 American Institute of Architects members
  • $8 students
  • $90 Bakers Dozen (13 tickets)
  • $45 Fistful (5 tickets)

ADFF offers discounts packages for purchases of multiple tickets!

  • Fistful Package – 5 tickets to any screenings for $45!
  • Baker’s Dozen Package – 13 tickets to any screenings for $90!

Package Online Ordering Info

After you order your package, you will receive a patron ID. Then select “Purchase Tickets” at the top of this page. In Step 4 of the ticket window, select “I’m redeeming benefits” and enter your patron ID, first name and last name to apply your discount. Apply the benefits to the tickets in your order. Select “Keep Shopping” until you are ready to complete your order.

Discount packages can also be purchased at the Box Office during the festival.


  • Thu 12 Apr 2012, 8:00pm

Unfinished Spaces – Program 1

Unfinished Spaces

directed by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray in Spanish, English with English subtitles

Featuring a post-screening Q&A.

Cuba’s ambitious National Art Schools project, designed by three young artists in the wake of Castro’s Revolution, is neglected, nearly forgotten, then ultimately rediscovered as a visionary architectural masterpiece.

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