Top 3 reasons to participate in the AIA Film Challenge

Reason 1: 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, raised 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.

Reason 2: Get noticed

 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” 

By submitting to the AIA Film Challenge, your film will be seen by a panel of leaders in the media/film and architecture industries and thousands of architecture and film enthusiasts. 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, director Joseph Kosinski. Kosinski received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at Stanford University before graduating from Columbia University with a graduate degree in architecture where he then went on to teach Advanced Digital Design. He is currently directing his fourth feature film Top Gun: Maverick for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media.

Joining Kosinski on the judging panel is Ian Harris, an award-winning architectural filmmaker, media producer, and adjunct professor at Portland State University School of Architecture. He currently leads the creative brand team at DiscoverOrg, a business intelligence technology company with over a thousand employees, after founding and leading Arbuckle Industries, a New York City-based architectural video production company.

Additionally, Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, Wanda Lau, and Jimmie Tucker, FAIA will bring their expert knowledge to the judging panel.

Reason 3: Win up to $10,000

The Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award winners each receive $5,000 and airfare and hotel for two to Chicago Ideas to see their film screened. Win both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award to win $10,000! And, every finalist receives $500. All winners and finalists will receive distribution across AIA and partner digital channels extending their reach and potential impact.

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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