Shortlisted Selection #2

Archfilmfest London announces the 18 shortlisted films for the International Film Competition 2021. The [OPEN CALL] for competition received over 270 submissions from 40 countries worldwide, competing for awards in six categories:

  1. Documentary (Feature Length, max. 120min)
  2. Fiction (Short, max. 30min)
  3. Experimental (Short, max. 30min)
  4. New Media*
  5. Commercial** (Short, max. 30min)
  6. Care (Short, max. 30min.), open to films that respond to the theme of the 2021 London Festival of Architecture.

* The New Media category encompasses AR, VR, MR, drone footage, and Point Cloud data (3D scanning/ photogrammetry) turned into a moving image. This category could include moving image submissions created with the use of AI.
** The Commercial category encompasses films/videos created with the purpose of promoting unbuilt projects to gain funding or created to showcase a completed/built project. This category’s submissions could include moving image renders.

The films addressed a wide range of topics and visions where architecture played a central role. The selection of films for the shortlist was difficult, given the number and quality, as well as the diversity in perspectives and stories of the submitted films. We thank all directors and producers for sharing their work with us.

Documentary Feature

The Proposal

Jill Magid, US, 2018, 83′

Known as “the artist among architects”, Luis Barragán is among the world’s most celebrated architects of the 20th century. Upon his death in 1988, much of his work was locked away in a Swiss bunker, hidden from the world’s view. In an attempt to resurrect Barragán’s life and art, boundary redefining artist Jill Magid creates a daring proposition that becomes a fascinating artwork in itself—a high-wire act of negotiation that explores how far an artist will go to democratize access to art.

Fiction Short

The Tower of a Forgotten India

Uday Berry, UK, 2019, 10′

Synopsis: Exploring the politics behind architectural heritage, conservation and the state’s role as a custodian of culture, The Tower of a Forgotten India follows the story of The Architect, a man desperately trying to save the nation’s past. A narrative of passion and madness unfolds within the Tower, a megastructure that reinvigorates forgotten buildings and fragments, reintegrating them into the city’s urban fabric. Given the status of modern-day India, heritage-related threats come from every direction, including religious fundamentalism, thoughtless modernization, the culture of collectability and political corruption—themes that this film closely examines. The Tower of a Forgotten India is a modern parable spanning decades, suggesting that control of a city’s past is ultimately a fool’s paradise.

Experimental Short


Khalil Charif & Marcos Bonisson, Brasil, 2019, 13′

Synopsis: This film is set in the neighbourhood of Copacabana, elaborated through a collage of current and archival images, including Super 8 and digital). It is an experimental work narrated by the significant speech of the poet Fausto Fawcett and sonorized by the musician Arnaldo Brandão.

New Media

The Third Space : Inhabitable Interfaces

Krina Christopoulou, UK, 2020, 8′

Synopsis: This design investigates how the domestic realm will be affected by the evolution from 2D computer interfaces to inhabitable 3D digital environments. In light of Covid-19, the project investigates the role of architecture in learning, working, meeting up and living communally online, eliminating spatial distance through technology. The result is a proposal for the home of the future, in which domesticity is simply the programmatic starting point of a dwelling.

Commercial Short

Site Specific: Parnell Square

Bonnie Dempsey, Ireland, 2020, 6′

Synopsis: An ambitious redevelopment project is underway to transform Parnell Square into the cultural quarter of Dublin City with the provision of the new Dublin City Library by Pritzker Prize-winning Architects Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell.

Care (LFA theme)

Ciutat de Granada 145-147-149

Alex Sarda, Spain, 2020, 20′

Synopsis: Ciutat de Granada 145-147-149 is the address of a new social housing complex for vulnerable seniors in Barcelona. These three buildings shelter 127 seniors, as well as a small team of caretakers and social workers who give them basic assistance. The inhabitants build community within a space that discourages loneliness and allows them to interact with each other.

About Me

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