Three reasons why you should participate in the AIA Film Challenge

 Creative Media Hub won our first Davey Award, this year for “Brazen Conversations.” It’s a beautiful addition to our documentary and commercial video reel, and has given us an opportunity to work with some really amazing people and organizations.Sarah Barker, producer/co-owner, Creative Media Hub, and 2017 Film Challenge participant with the submission “Brazen Conversations” 

Reason 1: Win money

Register now for the AIA Film Challenge!

Registering is the first step towards eventually submitting your film, it’s free, and every finalist receives $500.

The chance at a $5,000 Grand Prize, screening at the Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York City, and distribution across all AIA and partner digital channels sounds enticing enough, but for our finalists, the reach extends far beyond that.

Reason 2: Make a difference 

 “We have been approached about projects whose first goals are to solve a problem or address an urgent need that may not be solved by conventional “architecture” or building. You become invested in projects on more than a professional level, which offers benefits to both you and the clients.”  Sharon M. Samuels, Designer, Architect, Artist, and 2017 Film Challenge finalist for “Inside the Box- The Story of Boxville” 

As an architect, displaying inspiring work through the easily digested and highly shareable format of a 3-5 minute film can open up doors to interesting future projects that utilize your unique problem-solving skill-set to make a legitimate difference in the world around you.

One of our biggest success stories comes from 2016 Grand Prize Winner Brad Deal, AIA, NCARB, LEED, who had a year of amazing success and satisfaction following his team’s participation in the Film Challenge.

In a single screening at a fundraiser, Brad’s film helped MedCamps in Louisiana, an organization dedicated to improving the health and wellness of people living with chronic illness and disabilities through unique recreational and educational camping experience, raise over $52,000, which was nearly three times their typical project budget pledged in just 10 minutes.

As a filmmaker, you have the unique opportunity to tell a story that highlights amazing projects that could otherwise go mostly unnoticed. As an added benefit, both architects and filmmakers will be able to use what they have created as a portfolio piece that sets them apart from everyone else in the industry.

 One of my favorite memories about entering a short film into this competition, is the ways in which it served the organizations I was working within Las Vegas. This is really what making this film was all about, for me.Sarah Barker, producer/co-owner, Creative Media Hub, and 2017 Film Challenge participant with the submission “Brazen Conversations” 

Reason 3: Get noticed

By submitting to the AIA Film Challenge, your film will be seen, in full, by our entire judging panel of leaders in the media/film and architecture industries. Getting your story in front of the right eyes can make all the difference in the world and could lead to valuable connections within the industries.

As an exciting incentive for filmmakers, we are proud to welcome our newest judge, I. Marlene King. King is a writer, producer and director best known as the executive producer and show-runner of the Freeform teen drama Pretty Little Liars. She also wrote the 1995 film Now and Then. Joining King on the judging panel is Emmy-award winner and Participant Media’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Lynn Hirshfield and senior story producer for Curbed Video, Diana Budds. Additionally, architecture-based film production expert, Thatcher Bean of MASS Design brings his expert knowledge of both architecture and film to the judging panel.

This year’s prompt asks you to tell stories of architects working alongside civic leaders, which is why we are excited to have Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, Steve Benjamin as a judge. Finally, rounding out our panel is influential activist and architect, Tiffany Brown, Assoc. AIA, and executive director of AIA Memphis, Heather Koury, Hon. AIA.

Register today!

Both registering and submitting your film to the AIA Film Challenge is completely free, and international submissions are encouraged. Architects around the world are completing projects that improve their communities, and their stories deserve to be told.

No matter how big or small of a reach your story has, it qualifies for the AIA Film Challenge.

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