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Disposable Film Festival

Reduce, reuse, recycle

Hailed by Moviemaker Magazine as one of “The World’s Coolest Film Festivals”, The Disposable Film Festival is an annual juried international festival of short films made using casual, lo-fi video capture devices like cell phones, point and shoot cameras, webcams, and inexpensive handycams. For the past decade, the Disposable Film Festival has led the charge in transporting the best global online video content from the personal screen to the silver screen. DFF utilizes screenings, workshops, competitions, panels, parties, and other events to inform and excite the next generation of filmmakers it strives to support. Commencing annually in San Francisco, the program travels on to other film festivals worldwide over the course of the year.

We began working with Carlton Evans, Executive director and co-founder of the festival, in 2015 to create an identity that could be retrofitted and reused for years to come. We originally constructed a custom typographic system of letterforms in various states of collapse and used them as the primary graphic elements in the identity system. In 2016, the theme for DFF was about emotionally detaching from technology and rediscovering authentic and personal experiences. We updated the identity system to reflect this theme by taking various icons and using the crumple effect to show the ephemeral aspect of technology. 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of DFF and to celebrate we created a crumpled Roman numeral “X” filled with images from the festival’s previous award winners.

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