Update: For those interested in learning more about entering the AIA Film Challenge, two of the judges—Kezi Ban and Sarah Curry, Assoc. AIA—will hold an interactive Zoom webinar to go over the competition criteria and answer questions from webinar participants. The Zoom meeting takes place on July 15 at 3 pm ET. Click here for more information.

Competition announcement: The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is launching the sixth annual AIA Film Challenge 2020. The AIA Film Challenge invites architects, filmmakers, and storytellers to submit a 60- to 90-second mini documentary film produced using a personal device, such as a smartphone or laptop. The mini documentary format is intended to help participants stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic and comply with various stay-at-home orders.

Films should tell the story of architects partnering with communities and civic leaders to design a healthy, sustainable, just world that improves peoples’ lives.

Approximately 10 to 15 submissions will advance as finalists for review by a four-person jury that selects the top awards. The top-rated film will receive a $5,000 grand prize. The jury will also select a runner up and third place winner based on how well films adhere to the prompt, the storytelling arc, architectural placement, and technical merit.  The deadline for submissions is August 24.

The AIA Film Challenge 2020 jury includes Hip Hop Architecture Camp Founder Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; commercial photographer and director Kezi Ban; BOKA Powell Associate Principal and Life of an Architect Creator Bob Borson, FAIA; and AIAS President Sarah Curry, Assoc. AIA.

A public voting period will begin August 31 and conclude October 4. The film with the most votes will be named the “People’s Choice” winner and will receive a $2,000 prize.

Visit aiafilmchallenge.org to get more information about how to submit a film for the AIA Film Challenge 2020.


About AIA

Founded in 1857, AIA consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through more than 200 international, state and local chapters, AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing.

AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards.