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First edition: 2006
Next edition: four days in June/July 2016
Organization: Architects’ Collective
Direction: Karen Eicker Architects’ Collective Director
Based in: Johannesburg, Sud Africa

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Fuelled by the magic of film and fired by the desire to celebrate architecture, the Architect Africa Film Festival was created in 2006 to acknowledge and embrace the astounding reality of urban living.
For almost a decade, the Architect Africa Film Festival has been recognized and enjoyed by many as a top quality event bringing together built environment professionals, students, the media and the public. The selected films are highly rewarding and enjoyable; and have raised pertinent issues, encouraged discussion, and facilitated interaction between audience members and filmmakers since 2007. In 2016, the Architects’ Collective, organisers of the Architect Africa Film Festival (AAFF), will partner with the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg and PPC Cement to bring audiences exciting and thought-provoking content on Africa’s dynamic and multi-layered built environment.

Architect Africa Film Festival for Festival on Festival | 6th September 2016

For almost a decade, the vision of the Architect Africa Film Festival has been to celebrate architecture; provide a platform for debate and communication among built environment professionals, stakeholders and citizens; provide a cultural tool for capacity building and education; and create a broader public awareness of the design and developmental issues facing growing cities. The selection of films for the MDFF celebrates the way that people relate to their cities, and the ways in which these engagements shape the creation and perception of architecture and the built environment.

City Futures, Lone Poulsen, Pedro Buccellato, Kyle Ferguson, AF 2015, 25’
Litshe Le Golide (Concrete from Gold), Guy Adam Ailon, AF 2010, 9’
UIA2014 Durban World Congress, Shelly Nel, AF 2014, 25′
À procura de Pancho, Christopher Bisset, AF 2010, 11’


Karen Eicker, director of Architects’ Collective

She will attend to MDFF screenings at My Art Guides Venice Meeting Point




A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand with a background in corporate architecture, Karen Eicker has written for South Africa’s foremost built environment publications. Karen was Commissary General of the 25th International Union of Architects World Congress, UIA2014 Durban. She is a Director of the Architect Africa News Network (est. 2000), a Founder and Director of the Architects’ Collective (est. 2007), and a member of the International Committee of Architectural Critics.