Documentary Format Invites Submission of Short Films

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is launching the sixth annual AIA Film Challenge 2020.

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.

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 deadline for submissions is Aug. 24. 

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 Aug. 31, and conclude Oct. 4. The film with the most votes will be named the People’s Choice winner and will receive a $2,000 prize.

Gather more information about how to submit a film for the AIA Film Challenge 2020.

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