AIA Film Challenge 2018: A Blueprint for Better

We are proud to announce the fourth annual AIA Film Challenge, which invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate and create short films that highlight the vital roles architects play in improving our cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

This year’s theme, Blueprint for Better, focuses on sharing stories of architects as thought and action leaders and calls for stories of community progress and the powerful partnership between architects, community leaders, and civic officials.

Kicking off this year’s challenge is the story of Caño Martín Peña, a short documentary shining a light on the vibrant Puerto Rican community and the many challenges Hurricane Maria  brought to the neighborhood. Featured in the film are architects working with local city planners and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to the many infrastructure problems that continue to burden the community. The story of Caño Martín Peña is a poignant example for any filmmakers interested in telling their own story. Watch now to see the Blueprint for Better theme in action.  

Submissions will be judged by a panel of well-respected architecture and media professionals. Additionally, your voice in the challenge matters. The general public will have an opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice Award during the public voting segment, which runs from Sept. 3 to Oct. 7. Prize categories include The Grand Prize, Runner Up, Third Place, and People’s Choice Award with an opportunity to win $5,000 and screenings in New York City or Chicago. All finalists will receive a $500 cash prize. As an added benefit, winning films will be distributed across multiple AIA and media partner channels.

Registration is officially open, with a final entry deadline of August 27. Winning films will be announced in October.

Tell your story.

Direct all questions to challenge@cspencegroup.com