Design has the power to solve some of the biggest issues facing cities today. The sixth annual AIA Film Challenge, which launched on June 25, 2020, is a film contest that amplifies these stories — architects partnering with communities and civic leaders to design a healthy, sustainable, just world that improves lives. The challenge is open to anyone and the creator of the winning 60- to 90-second documentary could take home up to $7,000.
About the Challenge
The AIA Film Challenge invites architects, filmmakers, and storytellers to submit a 60- to 90-second mini documentary film produced using a personal device, such as a smartphone or laptop. The mini documentary format is intended to help participants stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with various stay-at-home orders.
Films should tell the story of architects partnering with communities and civic leaders to design a healthy, sustainable, just world that improves peoples’ lives. The deadline to submit films is Aug. 24, 2020.
Approximately 10 to 15 submissions will advance as finalists for review by a four-person jury that selects the top awards. The top-rated film will receive a $5,000 grand prize. The jury will also select a runner up and third place winner based on how well films adhere to the prompt, the storytelling arc, architectural placement, and technical merit.
The AIA Film Challenge 2020 jury includes Hip Hop Architecture Camp Founder Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; commercial photographer and director Kezi Ban; BOKA Powell Associate Principal and Life of an Architect Creator Bob Borson, FAIA; and AIAS President Sarah Curry, Assoc. AIA.
A public voting period will begin August 31 and conclude October 4. The film with the most votes will be named the “People’s Choice” winner and will receive a $2,000 prize.
Visit aiafilmchallenge.org to get more information about how to submit a film for the AIA Film Challenge 2020.