The convergence of architecture and film is a growing trend showing no signs of slowing down. The relationship is mutually beneficial and at their best, the films can raise awareness for the most pressing issues in society. Whether people notice it or not, architecture affects everyone and films bring out the underlying story, emotion, and function in our built environments.
Interest in architecture-based content is at an all-time high with the growth of established architecture Film Festivals like the Architecture and Design Film Festival and the expansion of new festivals in London and Melbourne. Additionally, Architecture based films are gaining worldwide recognition by making their way onto the big stages of programs like Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes. World-renowned architects are even seeing a rise in celebrity status from features in Netflix documentaries like “Abstract: The Art of Design.”
Many university architecture programs recognize the importance of film and have even implemented filmmaking classes into their curriculum. Some architects, like Ian Harris of Arbuckle Industries, are using their experience and eye for design to create compelling architecture films that bring built environments to life.
Making a difference
As our societies become more urban, the importance of architectural problem-solving increases. Architects around the world are creating a Blueprint for Better by working to improve our communities and tackle issues like climate change and homelessness. AIA Film Challenge films transcend the topic of architecture and spark awareness for a broad range of global and domestic issues. As an important tool, film gives architects a medium to share their work in a highly digestible and shareable format that generates public interest surrounding their projects
Bringing architecture to life
Much like a film, good architecture often creates a specific atmosphere for those that inhabit or utilize the space. By teaming up with filmmakers, architects can share a more human depiction of their work with a broad audience. More specifically, films have the unique ability to bring the architect to life and dive into the process behind some of the most innovative built environments shaping the world we live in.
New tools are giving filmmakers the freedom to explore new perspectives when it comes to architecture. Innovations like drones give us a birds-eye view and allow us to look at buildings in ways that would be impossible by simply being there in person. On the other hand, filmmaking is more accessible than ever before as just about everyone carries a video camera around in their pocket.
What are you waiting for?
There’s no better time to join the growing trend of architectural films and the AIA Film Challenge is the perfect platform to share your story, win money, get your film in the most prestigious festivals, and make a positive impact on the world. All submissions are due by Aug 27.
Click here to read an article in Dezeen about the growth of architecture films
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