Open Call 2017






“As a view from the body, film is architecturally bound, sized to the body, experienced from life, architecture is haptically imaged and mobilized” (Bruno, 2002:66),

As video equipment in the 1970s made filmmaking more accessible, architects started making films as part of their practice, and they continue to do so today. Filmmaking always takes place, in a city, in a building, virtual or not. Giuliana Bruno argues in the quote above, film and architecture are inevitably linked: experienced on our bodies, explored through advances in technology. And at the same time, everyone living in today’s technological reality, where mobile phones, drones and VR play an integral part in our everyday lives, inevitably have to consider, use and be in our built environment. And we are increasingly doing so in new creative ways. As What the future holds for the architectural film, and exactly what this ‘genre’ could be, awaits. In the meantime, the Architecture Film Festival London, as the first festival in London focused on the relation between film and architecture, invites submissions for our competition, themed “Architecture+Film”.

What could Architecture+Film be?

Filmmakers from all backgrounds and nationalities, above the age of 18, are invited to submit films to the following four categories:

  • Documentary (Feature Length, max 120min)
  • Fiction (Short, max 30min)
  • Experimental (Short, max 30min)
  • ‘From Above’ (Short, Max 30min), open to films providing a bird’s view; e.g. aerial or drone footage.


All films must meet minimum technical requirements of minimum high definition (HD 1080×720) and upload the film in H.264/MPEG-4. This will be the only accepted format.


Feature and short films will be accepted with audio in any language, but if the language of the film is not English, the film must have English subtitles. Should the film be officially selected for the ArchFilmFest London Competition, you would be asked to send a copy of the film with English subtitles, or send us the subtitle file (SRT) by email. All selected films will be informed of this requirement by email. ArchFilmFest London will not translate, dub or subtitled any film.


Upload the film to this site:

Our submission platform will be open between 7 November 2016 and 1 February 2017. (EXTENDED until 12th February 2017)

Please do not submit more than 2 films per category, each film to be registered separately. Only films produced between 2013–2017 will be considered.

Both shortlisted and unsuccessful candidates will be notified by 1 May 2017. Films not fulfilling the requirements above will not be considered.


Entrants declare that the film submitted is their own and that its public screening rights have not been transferred to third parties. Entrants assume all liability for any claim or demand by third parties, administrative, judicial or of other nature, concerning intellectual property or screening rights of the submitted film. Film submission implies that entrants hold all necessary rights to screen the entered film publicly, and are authorized to grant and does hereby grant said rights to ArchFilmFest London, for the film exhibition in the Festival.

Entrants grant the exhibition of film clips of their work, for promotional purposes of the festival, to be broadcast in any media, and the publications of the submitted film stills, in online or print form. This screening rights assignment to the Festival will not imply, for the entrant, in any form whatsoever, loss of copyright of the submitted film.


A qualified jury composed of personalities from the architecture, academia and film, will discuss the selected works in the competition, awarding the prizes specified for each category. The jury’s decisions are final and it reserves the right to declare void any category. The films received will be classified to compete according their category, no matter their nationality (there is no difference between local films and foreign films)

In each of the festival’s categories, three films will be shortlisted. All shortlisted films will be screened at the festival and compete for the following awards:

  •       Best documentary film
  •       Best short experimental film
  •       Best short fiction film
  •       Best film “From Above”

The film that gets the most votes in each of the categories, by simple majority within the jury, will win.

The award will be given to the registered author of the work. The author doesn’t need to be present at the ceremony to be awarded, but we hope as many of you would be able to make it.


The winning short and feature films in their category, will receive the Architecture Film Festival London Award, along with a certificate signed by the President of the Jury. They will also be automatically selected for official exhibition, for one time only, in the ArqFilmFest of Santiago, Chile. ArchFilmFest London has other exhibition opportunities and can make arrangements of this and other special exhibitions of the winners of the competition, in agreement with the film author.


It’s recommended to register early, to avoid unexpected delays. Received films without the completed online registration form or films damaged or unreadable discs, will not be accepted.

November 7tht 2016: The Competition Guidelines and the Frequently Asked Questions online.

November 7tht 2016 – February 1st 2017, 23:59 GMT: Online registrations form available.

May 1st 2017: All entrants will be notified of the shortlist.

June 6th – 11th 2017: ArchFilmFest London including screenings of shortlisted films.

June 8th 2017: The winners of each category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in London. The winners will be published on the website shortly after.

ArchFilmFest London will not be responsible for unexpected events that could impede the realization of the festival and its activities, such as the screening of the films of the competition. By submitting your film to the Competition, you attest that you have read, understood and accepted these rules and guidelines.


London, UK, 07.11.2016

Anna Ulrikke Andersen
Competition Director
Architecture Film Festival London