Past Screenings

This is an archive of screenings which happened during Helvetica’s original screening tour in 2007 and 2008. For new screenings check the upcoming events page. 


March 13
South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin TX, USA – WORLD PREMIERE
Austin Convention Center, 1:30pm. SOLD OUT. Post-screening Q&A with director Gary Hustwit and David Carson. Additional screenings on the 15th (7pm) and the 17th (10pm).

March 22 – April 1
AFI Dallas International Film Festival, Dallas TX, USA

March 24
Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland SOLD OUT
Before the screening: “Will This Typeface Last Forever?” A panel discussion with Gary Hustwit, Lars Müller, Erik Spiekermann, David Carson, Alfred Hoffmann, Manuel Krebs. After the screening: a Helvetica 50th birthday party with soDA Magazine.
[see pictures of this event]

March 25
Riffraff, Zürich, Switzerland
Noon screening with introduction and Q&A with Gary Hustwit. Helvetica will screen at Riffraff the following two Sundays.

March 25-30
Febiofest, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT
Director Q&A.

March 31 – April 15
Istanbul International Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey SOLD OUT
Director Q&A.

April 6
AIGA New York Premiere, The New School, Tischman Auditorium, New York NY, USA
SOLD OUT Q&A with Gary Hustwit, Massimo Vignelli, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jonathan Hoefler, Jakob Trollbäck. After-party hosted by Veer.

April 10
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI, USA
RISD Auditorium, 6:30pm. Admission is free! Director Q&A.

April 11
MassArt Eventworks, Boston MA, USA SOLD OUT
Reception at 6pm, screening at 7pm. Pozen Center for Interrelated Media. A limited number of stand-by tickets may be available at the door, get there early. Q&A with Gary Hustwit, Matthew Carter, Mike Parker.

April 12
Aurora Picture Show, AIGA Houston Screening, Houston TX, USA

April 13
The Pageant Theater, AIGA Chico Screening, Chico CA, USA
3pm, tickets available here.

April 14
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham NC, USA
Director Q&A. Advance tickets SOLD OUT. More tickets will be released the morning of the screening, and will be available at the Full Frame box office at the Durham Marriott starting at 8:30am.

April 18
University of Connecticut, Storrs CT, USA
3pm, Dodd Center. Director Q&A and after-party.

April 19
Yale University, New Haven CT, USA
7pm, Graphic Design Atrium, Green Hall. Free and open to the public. Post-screening discussion with Gary Hustwit, Matthew Carter, Tobias Frere-Jones.

April 21 & 22
Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada SOLD OUT
Director Q&A. There may be “rush” tickets available at the door for each screening, get there early.

April 26
South Coast Regency Theaters, Laguna Beach CA, USA
Hosted by the Laguna College of Art & Design. Q&A with Gary Hustwit and David Carson. 7pm screening SOLD OUT. Second screening added at 9pm, get tickets now.

April 26
University of Notre Dame, South Bend IN, USA

April 27
USC, Los Angeles CA, USA
7pm and 9pm, both screenings SOLD OUT. Ticket includes admission to panel discussion with Gary Hustwit, David Carson, Matthew Carter at USC on April 28th.

April 29
PDX Festival, Portland OR, USA SOLD OUT.
Q&A with Gary Hustwit and David Carson. Get tickets.

May 1-2
AIGA Screening, Kansas City MO, USA SOLD OUT
Tivoli Theater, 7pm. Filmmaker Q&A after May 1st screening.

May 3-4
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH, USA SOLD OUT
Filmmaker Q&A after May 3rd screening.

May 4-5
Logo Cities Symposium, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
A Symposium on Signage, Branding, and Lettering in Public Space. Director Q&A.

May 8
Uptown Stage & Screen, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Screening presented by Veer and GDC Alberta South. Director Q&A, and after-party hosted by Veer.

May 9
Market Arcade Theater, Buffalo NY, USA
Director Q&A.

May 10
AIGA Charlotte Screening, Park Terrace 6, Charlotte NC, USA
7pm, tickets at the door

May 11
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY, USA SOLD OUT
Director Q&A. Stand-by tickets available at the door.

May 15
The Westphal College at Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, USA SOLD OUT
6:30pm, Bossone Auditorium, free, first-come first-served. Director Q&A.

May 19
Typo Berlin, Berlin, Germany SOLD OUT
Q&A with director and designers.

May 20
UdK Berlin, Berlin, Germany
12pm, UdK Medienhaus Auditorium, free, first come, first served. Director Q&A.

May 21
Lucas Theater, Savannah Collage of Art & Design, Savannah, Georgia USA
7pm, tickets at the door.

May 22
Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Braunschweig, Germany SOLD OUT
Director Q&A.

May 23
Fachhochschule Mainz, Mainz, Germany SOLD OUT
8:30pm, KUZ Mainz. Director Q&A and After Party. Get tickets.

May 24
Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste, Saarbruecken, Germany
Director Q&A.

May 25
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France SOLD OUT
Q&A with director and designers, and afterparty. Co-produced by F7.

May 26
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France SOLD OUT
5pm screening with director Q&A.

May 30
SEGD Conference, Boston MA, USA
Q&A with Gary Hustwit and Paula Scher.

May 31
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, USA
Both screenings SOLD OUT. Additional screening added for June 1.

June 1
AIGA Nashville Screening, Nashville TN, USA

June 7
Grand Teatret, Copenhagen, Denmark SOLD OUT
Danish Premiere hosted by Sweet Talk and e-Types. Director Q&A.

June 8
Grafill Summer Party, Oslo, Norway
Q&A with Gary Hustwit, after-party.

June 9
Croatian Designers’ Convention, Rovinj, Croatia
Congress Centre Adris, 12pm. For ticket info email: konvencija (at)

June 13
AIGA San Francisco Premiere, San Francisco CA, USA
Landmark Embarcadero Theaters, 7pm & 10pm. Q&A with Gary Hustwit. SOLD OUT. There may be stand-by tickets available at the door for both screenings, arrive early… no guarantees.

June 15
The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, USA
6:00pm and 8:15pm screenings SOLD OUT. Additional 10:15 screening added, tix only available at the box office. Q&A with Gary Hustwit after 6pm and 8:15pm shows, director intro at 10:15pm show.

June 16 & 17
AFI Silverdocs Documentary Festival, Silver Spring MD, USA
Q&A with Gary Hustwit. Advance tickets SOLD OUT. There may be stand-by tickets available at the door.

June 20-23
Conference on Typography & Visual Communication, Thessaloniki, Greece
Q&A with director and designers.

June 22
Kriterion, Amsterdam, The Netherlands SOLD OUT
Dutch Premiere and after-party, with panel discussion, poster exhibit, more. Director and designers present. Produced in conjunction with My Little Underground.

June 28
Sweet Talk Dublin Premiere, Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland SOLD OUT
Panel discussion with Gary Hustwit, Michael C. Place, Aiden Grennelle, Alastair Keady. Special presentation by Wim Crouwel. Tickets at the door only.

June 29
University of Ulster, Belfast, Ireland
6:30 pm, New Lecture Theatre. Q&A with Gary Hustwit.

July 10
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego CA, USA
Hosted by AIGA San Diego. Pre-screening reception, post-screening with Q&A with Gary Hustwit, after-party at the Whistle Stop with live set from El Ten Eleven. Get tickets.

July 13-29
39th Auckland International Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand
Director Q&A SOLD OUT

July 17
Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand SOLD OUT
Director Q&A. Produced in conjunction with Q Brand Agency.

July 20 – August 5
36th Wellington Film Festival, Wellington, New Zealand

July 22
Character 4, Melbourne, Australia SOLD OUT
3pm at the Australian Center for the Moving Image. Q&A with Gary Hustwit, after-party atthe Narrows, 6pm.

July 25 – 27
Britdoc, Oxford, England
Q&A with Gary Hustwit.

July 27 – August 17
31st Dunedin International Film Festival, Dunedin, New Zealand

July 28
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH, USA
Q&A with designer Michael Bierut of Pentagram.

August 1
TypeCon, Seattle WA, USA SOLD OUT
Q&A with Gary Hustwit and Matthew Carter will follow the screening. There may be stand-by tickets available at the door, arrive early.

August 4
Hollywood Theater, Portland OR, USA
Encore Portland screening, Q&A with Gary Hustwit. Get tickets.

August 6
Embarcadero Cinemas, San Francisco CA, USA SOLD OUT
Encore SF screening, Q&A with Gary Hustwit.

August 7
GDC Vancouver Premiere, Vancouver BC, Canada
Post-screening discussion with Gary Hustwit, Douglas Coupland, and Jim Rimmer. After-party to follow. First screening SOLD OUT, second screening added, get tickets.

August 8 & 9
Nickelodeon Theater, Columbia SC, USA
Presented by AIGA South Carolina

August 8
New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans LA, USA

September 1
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England SOLD OUT
UK Premiere event: post-screening discussion with Gary Hustwit, Michael C. Place, and Rick Poynor. ICA bar event to follow with designer DJ sets and more. Ticket info soon. (ICA Cinema run starts Sept. 7)

September 3-29
Colette, Paris, France
Helvetica exhibition curated by Gary Hustwit, details TBA.

September 4
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT
Panel discussion with Lars Muller, Dr. Walter Greisner, Mario Lombardo. Q&A with Gary Hustwit, rooftop after-party. Produced in conjunction with nondesign.

September 7
AIGA Santa Fe Screening, Santa Fe NM, USA
The Film Center at Cinemacafe. Reception at 6pm, film at 7pm.

September 7
AIGA Phoenix Screening, Phoenix AZ, USA
7:30pm, Neeb Hall, ASU Tempe Campus

September 7
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
A multi-week cinema run at the ICA. Book tickets.

September 11
FMADFED Screening, Fargo ND, USA

September 12
IFC Center, New York NY, USA
Multi-week cinema run, presented by A Public SpaceWednesday 9/12: Director Gary Hustwit at 6:25pm and 8:20pm screenings. Friday 9/14: Director Gary Hustwit and designer Tobias Frere-Jones at 6:25pm and 8:20pm. Saturday 9/15: Director Gary Hustwit and editor Shelby Siegel at 6:25pm and 8:20pm. Sunday 9/16: Media writer Leslie Savan at 6:25pm and 8:20pm.

September 12
AIGA Detroit Screening, Detroit MI, USA SOLD OUT
College for Creative Studies

September 13
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA SOLD OUT
Screening and discussion with Gary Hustwit, Michael Bierut.

September 13
Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA
AIGA screening, 7pm, South Kedzie Hall

September 13 – 17
Stranger than Fiction Festival, Dublin, Ireland

September 13 – 22
27th Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia

September 14
51st ATypI Conference, Brighton, England

September 14 – 16
Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Pittsburgh PA, USA
AIGA screening, Regent Square Theater

September 17
Design Museum London, London, England SOLD OUT
Special screening and panel discussion with Gary Hustwit, Matthew Carter, Jonathan Barnbrook, Emily King, Deyan Sudjic.

September 18
AIGA Cincinnati Screening, Cincinnati OH, USA
University of Cincinnati, Raymond Walters College. Q&A with designer Michael Bierut.

September 18 – 23
The American Film Festival in Moscow, Moscow, Russia SOLD OUT
Q&A with Gary Hustwit.

September 19
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, USA
8pm, Art & Architecture Building. Sponsored by the UM School of Art & Design, UM AIGA student group, with UMMA and AIGA Detroit.

September 19 – 20
Moxie Theater, Springfield MO, USA

September 20
Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota FL, USA

September 21
AIGA Orlando Screening, Orlando FL, USA
Valencia Community College PAC, 7pm.

September 21
Stranger than Fiction Festival, Dublin, Ireland

September 21 – 27
The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, USA
An encore run at the Siskel!

September 27 – 30
Camden International Film Festival, Camden ME, USA

September 27 – October 7
Reykjavik International Film Festival, Iceland

September 27
Typographische Gesellschaft Munchen Screening, Munich, Germany

September 28 & 29
Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City OK, USA

September 29
Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Amsterdam, Netherlands

October 3
San Antonio College, San Antonio TX, USA
Q&A with Gary Hustwit

October 5-7
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA, USA SOLD OUT

October 6
Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque, Cleveland OH, USA
An encore screening at the Cinematheque.

October 9
Budapest Design Week, Budapest, Hungary
Godor Klub, special guests Jonathan Barnbrook and Erich Alb. Opening of poster exhibit “50 years Helvetica in Hungary”.

October 10
Design Festival Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

October 10
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge MA, USA
Part of MIT’s “Mapping the (big ideas)” event. Q&A with Gary Hustwit

October 10
Parkland College, Champaign IL, USA

October 11
Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach CA, USA

October 12
AIGA Design Conference, Denver CO, USA
Q&A with Gary Hustwit, Michael Bierut, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Jakob Trollback.

October 13
Bangkok Design Festival, Bangkok, Thailand
Post-screening discussion with Stefan Sagmeister, Anuthin Wongsunkakon, Pracha Suveeranont.

October 13
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, England
Part of Design Event 07. Also that night: the opening of “50 Years of Helvetica” exhibit at theGlobe Gallery.

October 15
Mayan Theatre, Denver CO, USA
7pm and 9pm, Gary Hustwit in attendance at both screenings. Sponsored by AIGA Colorado and Veer. Get tickets.

October 16
DesignThinkers Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7pm screening at the Regent Theatre, Q&A with Gary Hustwit and Stefan Sagmeister.

October 17
AIGA SLC Screening, Salt Lake City UT, USA

October 17 – 24
8th Bergen International Film Festival, Bergen, Norway

October 18 – 28
27th Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii

October 19
Winnipeg Cinematheque, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

October 22, 25, 28
Dutch Design Week Screenings, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

October 25
AIGA Miami Screening, Miami FL, USA
Colony Theater

October 26, 27 & 30
Cinema Zed, Leuven, Belgium

October 29
Biografen Park, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT
Reception at 5:30pm, film at 6:30pm. Post-screening discussion with Gary Hustwit, Dennis Dahlqvist, Laurie Haycock Makela, Matilda Plojel, Henrik Nygren, Christian Altmann. Produced in conjunction with Research and Development Design Agency

October 31 & November 1
Kumu, Tallinn, Estonia
Part of the Swiss Design Festival. Q&A with Gary Hustwit after the October 31st show.

November 1 – 11
Bath Film Festival, Bath, England SOLD OUT

November 2 – 15
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
An encore run at the ICA!

November 7 – 11
Sheffield Doc/Fest, Sheffield, England

November 8
AIGA Atlanta Screening, Atlanta GA, USA
Woodruff Arts Center. Q&A with Gary Hustwit and Matthew Carter

November 8 & 9
MuKHA, Antwerp, Belgium

November 9 – 15
Athens Arthaus Cine, Athens GA, USA

November 9 – 18
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark

November 24 & 25
Northwest Film Center, Portland OR, USA

December 9 – 16
Traffic Gallery, Dubai, UAE

December 14 – 20
The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, USA
An second encore run at the Siskel!

December 21 – 27
Roxie Cinema, San Francisco CA, USA


January 7 – 10
The Harris Theater, Pittsburgh PA, USA
An encore run at Pittsburgh Filmmakers

January 16
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville NY, USA
Q&A with designers Michael Bierut & Peter Scherer, an art happening w/ E.Y.E. Art Collaborative, reception

January 20, 22, 24
Circle Cinema, Tulsa OK, USA

January 25
Tallahassee Film Society, Tallahassee FL, USA

January 25
Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa AZ, USA

January 29
Princess Cinemas, Waterloo ONT, Canada

February 6
UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara CA, USA

February 8
Metro Cinema Society, Edmonton AB, Canada

February 8, 9, & 11
Cornell Cinema, Ithaca NY, USA

February 22 – 27
Design Indaba, Cape Town, South Africa

February 25
Goethe Institut, Krakow, Poland

February 26
Rooftop Cinema, Melbourne, Australia

February 28
School of Communication Arts, Raleigh NC, USA

March 5
Cinema Le Clap, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

March 6
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington NY, USA

March 7 – 13
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle WA, USA
Co-presented by the AIGA as part of the ByDesign festival.

March 11
Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland
Post-screening panel with Gian Luca Amadei (Blueprint), Bruno Maag (Dalton Maag), Mhairi Mackenzie (Mucky Puddle), Jon Jeffrey (Bibliotheque), Hector Pottie (Third Eye Design). Part of the Six Cities Design Festival.

March 12
University of Wales, Lampeter, Wales
Helvetica, Type and Visual Culture: a workshop at the University of Wales Lampeter with leading experts on the history of printing and culture, who will explore the history of type and discuss the cultural significance of the Helvetica type face. Roderic Bowen Research Centre, University of Wales Lampeter, College Street, Ceredigion SA48 7ED. Telephone number for enquiries: 01570 424 805. E-mail: founders(at)

March 27
Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN, USA

March 27, 29
NZ World Cinema Showcase, Wellington, New Zealand

April 3
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis TN, USA

April 3
Cape Breton Island Film Series, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

April 5 & 6
Princess Cinemas, Waterloo ONT, Canada
Encore at the Princess!

April 6 – 17
NZ World Cinema Showcase, Auckland, New Zealand

April 10
AIGA Santa Barbara screening, Santa Barbara CA, USA
Santa Barbara City Collage, film and exhibit, free.

April 17
Walhalla Theater, Wiesbaden, Germany
Presented by Q as part of the Wiesbaden Creative Business Festival “Access all Areas”. Before the screening: “Helvetica – boon or bane?” A panel discussion with Helvetica pioneer Dr. Werner Greisner (former CEO of D. Stempel AG), Professor Werner Schneider (type designer, calligrapher) and Bertram Schmidt-Friderichs (publisher, printer, typographer).

April 19
Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House, Rochester NY, USA

April 26
Barbican Centre, London, England
Introduced by director Gary Hustwit.

April 26, 29
NZ World Cinema Showcase, Christchurch, New Zealand

April 26
Roundhouse Community Centre, Vancouver BC, Canada
Presented by Kwantlen University College in conjuction with the Kwantlen Design & Communications Show.

May 4 & 5
NZ World Cinema Showcase, Dunedin, New Zealand

May 14
Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, Omaha NE, USA

June 5
Akron Art Museum, Akron OH, USA

June 5
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis IN, USA

June 6 – 12
Cinema du Parc, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

June 11
American Cinematheque, Los Angeles CA, USA

June 26
Adobo Magazine Screening, Makati City, Philipines
Insular Life Building Auditorium

June 27
The Second Floor, Karachi, Pakistan

July 29 – August 3
Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse City MI, USA

August 10 – 12
ByTowne Cinema, Ottowa, Ontario Canada

August 14
Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis MN, USA

August 29
Guthrie Theatre, Sydney, Australia
Guthrie Theatre – UTS Building 6.03.28

September 13
The Burlington Book Fair, Burlington VT, USA
Presented by the Vermont International Film Festival

October 2
University of Delaware, Newark DE, USA
Trabant Theatre, 6:30pm. Part of Oak Knoll Press’ 30th Anniversary cepebration.

October 19
The Charles Theatre, Baltimore MD, USA
6pm, free. Presented by the City Lit Project.

November 20
Charleston County Public Library, Charleston SC, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 3
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland CA, USA
James Moore Theatre, 6pm, free.

December 4
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis MI, USA
7:00pm, free.

December 4
The Rotunda, Philadelphia PA, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 4
Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka CA, USA
6pm, free.

December 4
Busboys and Poets, Washington DC, USA
6:30pm, free.

December 6
Saratoga Springs Public Library, Saratoga Springs NY, USA
3:00pm, free.

December 6
SIFF Cinema, Seattle WA, USA
Nelsholm Family Lecture Hall on the lower level of McCaw Hall at Seattle Center. Speakers: The sign designers for the City of Seattle Department of Transportation. 5:00pm, free.

December 7
Statesboro Regional Library, Statesboro GA, USA
4:00pm, free.

December 9
ISU Pond Student Union, Pocatello ID, USA
Bengal Theater, 5:15pm, free.

December 9
San Francisco Main Public Library, San Francisco CA, USA
Koret Auditorium, 6pm, free.

December 10
San Diego Public Library, San Diego CA, USA
Third Floor Auditorium, 6:30pm, free.

December 10
Starz FilmCenter, Denver CO, USA
7:00pm, free.

December 10
Florida International University, Miami FL, USA
8:00pm, free.

December 10
University of Evansville, Evansville IN, USA
Ridgway University Center, Eykamp Hall 251A. 7:00pm, free.

December 13
Boston Public Library, Boston MA, USA
Rabb Lecture Hall, 2:00pm, free.

December 16
The Aero Theatre, Santa Monica CA, USA
7:30pm, free.

December 17
Nashville Public Library, Nashville TN, USA
6:00pm, free.

December 18
College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI, USA
Wendell W. Anderson, Jr. Auditorium, 7:00pm, free.

December 19
Guerrilla Griots Media Arts Center, Ithica NY, USA
Henry St. John Building – Suite 103, 7:00pm, free.

December 20
Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL, USA
2:00pm, free.


January 10
Philoctetes Center, New York NY, USA
1pm film screening, followed by a roundtable discussion with Christopher Calderhead, Arem Duplessis, Elinor Aishah Holland, Gary Hustwit, and Elaine Lustig Cohen, moderated by Steven Heller. Free.

February 8
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids MI USA
7:00pm, free.

If you work with a film festival, museum, cinema, or arts group and would like to organize a screening, please contact us via email: helvetica (at)