Connecting filmmakers and architects

 “…finding people to work with who are as excited about, and as committed to creating a compelling story, as you are is key.”

– Sarah Barker, producer/co-owner, Creative Media Hub, and Film Challenge participant with the submission “Brazen Conversations”

Creating a film for the AIA Film Challenge often results in amazing benefits for both architects and filmmakers. But, finding the right partnership is key to telling your story. That is why we have compiled resources and advice to help with the search.

Find a filmmaker

The easiest and most effective way to find filmmakers is to look within your immediate network. A quick Facebook post or Tweet can uncover connections you never knew you had. There are also plenty of Facebook film communities you can reach out to, including Documentary Filmmakers, United Filmmakers Association, Independent Filmmakers, and Filmmakers Unite.

Vimeo and YouTube are also great resources to discover and connect with filmmakers producing quality content. Searching videos on these platforms allows you to look for content being produced in your area and find a style you like. Once you find someone whose work interests you, simply message them through the platform and share your vision.

Another approach to finding talented local filmmakers is through reaching out to film schools. Some notable programs include USC, UCLA, American Film Institute, NYU, Columbia University, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, Wesleyan University, Emerson College, Stanford University, Ithaca College, and many more across the country.

With this in mind, an architect can certainly produce his or her own film and yield amazing results. There are plenty of sites like that provide resources to help you tell your story regardless of your experience level. At the end of the day, the story is the most important aspect of any film, not fancy equipment or years of experience.

Find an architect

Architects and architecture firms work on amazing and inspiring projects all year long. These projects improve communities and make an impact on thousands of lives. As a filmmaker, you have a unique opportunity to tell their stories and gain recognition not just for yourself, but also the architects and communities involved. The best way to find a firm is through The American Institute of Architects website, where you can access a full directory of firms across the country to find one near you. Conversely, you can also visit to view and learn about existing projects that would make a strong and impactful film.  Don’t be shy! Reach out to firms and architects directly to propose centering a short film on their amazing project.

Join our Facebook Group

This year we’ve created an AIA Film Challenge Facebook Group to connect filmmakers and architects, share ideas and foster collaborations, receive advice from fellow participants, and have your questions answered by the AIA Film Challenge team. Join now >

RSVP for our webinar

Join us July 11 at 3pm ET (12pm PT) for our webinar Getting started with the AIA Film Challenge to learn how to find a partner filmmaker or architect, judging criteria, video requirements and a chance to ask your pressing questions.  RSVP today >

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