Toronto's first annual Art, Architecture & Design Film Festival is kicking off at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema on Wednesday, running until Sunday, and has a varied lineup of films to expand the world of things you know and care about. UrbanToronto is a sponsor of the event, which is screening eleven noteworthy films. Several of the screenings include panels and/or Q&A sessions afterwards; click on each title for more information.

Kaufmann House in Palm Springs by Richard Neutra, a still from Neutra: Survival Through Design

Neutra: Survival Through Design — Wednesday 6:30 PM

Get up close and personal with some of influential architect Richard Neutra’s most sumptuous works in this comprehensive tour.

Toronto City Hall during construction, a still from Finn With An Oyster

Finn With An Oyster – Thursday 4:00 PM

The almost forgotten history and epic controversy surrounding the planning and building of Toronto’s New City Hall in the early 1960s is examined in this award-winning film. UrbanToronto is proud to sponsor this screening.

Phyllis Lambert in a still from City Dreamers

City Dreamers – Thursday 7:00 PM

Leaving indelible marks on cities across the world, meet four trailblazing female architects who dream of a fundamentally human and inclusive city.

Integral House, designed by Shim Sutcliffe Architects, in a still from Integral Man

Integral Man – Friday 1:00 PM

Go behind closed doors of one of Toronto’s most famous houses to uncover the space, the man who dreamed it, and the unexpected twist that came soon after.

One of the garden rooms at Les Quatres Vents, in a still from The Gardener

The Gardener – Friday 3:30 PM

Dream of springtime as beautiful cinematography takes you through Les Quatre Vents, an awe-inspiring garden in Quebec.

Artist Jeff Koons in a still from The Price Of Everything

The Price of Everything – Friday 6:00 PM

Gain unprecedented access into the elusive world of the white-hot art market in this cutthroat documentary about pricing the priceless.

The interior of the new Mariinsky Theatre in a still from The Master And The Maestro

The Maestro and The Master: Building The New Mariinsky – Saturday 3:00 PM

Go behind the scenes with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects as they design Russia’s first new opera house since revolution ended Romanov rule.

Hilma af Klint painting in a still from Beyond The Visible

Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint – Saturday 5:30 PM

As the first abstract artist, why did it take so long for Hilma af Klint to get the credit she deserves?

The George Washington Bridge in a still from Gateways To New York

Gateway to New York: Ottmar H. Ammann and his Bridges – Sunday 1:30 PM

Learn about Othmar Ammann, the Swiss man who redefined the art of bridge-building in America at the beginning of the 20th century.

Interior of a modern home on the West Coast in a still from Coast Modern

Coast Modern – Sunday 4:00 PM

This relaxed journey takes us across three generations of Modernist architecture, all leading back to the basics of true living – a sense of place, light, and a deep connection to the earth.

Ray and Charles Eames in a still from Eames: The Architect and The Painter

Eames: The Architect and The Painter – Sunday 6:00 PM

Examine the profound influence on modern American life in this documentary about Charles and Ray Eames, a husband-and-wife design team unlike any other.

There are both All Access Passes and Single Tickets available, each in a range of prices depending upon if you are a member of the Hot Docs Cinema or not, and if you are, which level of membership you hold; Gold Members get into all films for free. You can get more information on the tickets and passes on this page.

UrbanToronto has two tickets to give away to our screening of Finn With An Oyster via Twitter to the first follower to DM us.