AIA Film Challenge 2019

The AIA Film Challenge 2019 invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate in telling stories of architects and civic leaders working together to create resilient and sustainable communities. Show us your Blueprint for Better.

Key dates:

Registration opens
Films due
Public voting
Winners announced
June 3
August 12
August 19-28
August 19-September 27
October 2019

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2018 Winners

Grand Prize – Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

by Cheryl Hess

Runner up – A Joyful Gathering Place

by Christopher Langer

Third Place – ChildSafe: Designed to Heal

by Isaiah Rendon

People’s Choice – Ka Hale: A Revival

by MarQ Morrison

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Get to know the 2018 People’s Choice Award Winner

Get to Know the 2018 People’s Choice Award Winner MarQ Morrison earned the 2018 People’s Choice Award with an impressive 7,443 votes for his submission “Ka Hale: A Revival.” Read on to learn more about MarQ and his winning film. What is your background as a filmmaker? MM: I graduated with a B.A. in Motion […]

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Get to know the 2018 Grand Prize Winner

Filmmaker Cheryl Hess has had a busy month. After being named the 2018 AIA Film Challenge Grand Prize winner, she was off to New York to accept her award and screen her film at the opening night of the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Meet the person behind the camera and learn more about her […]

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Announcing the People’s Choice Award Winner and International Recognition

This year, over 40,000 votes were cast to decide the winning film for the 2018 People’s Choice Award, and the race for first place was close right up to the end! We are also proud to announce the winning international submission, that our esteemed panel of judges selected. Once again, our sincerest thanks to everyone […]

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Press & events

Chicago Ideas

Chicago, October 18

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The 2018 AIA Film Challenge results – watch the winning entries

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