Capturing our Natural Capital: Open Call Film Competition

The Architecture Foundation is delighted to be issuing an open call for filmmakers to submit short works that respond to the theme of architecture and nature. Responding to the statement outlined below it is hoped that competition entries will celebrate the 'natural capital' found within the urban context.

“As our society struggles to come to terms with the challenges of climate change and depletion of our natural resources, it seems more important than ever to value the natural capital that lives and breathes around us.  For this competition, The Architecture Foundation asks filmmakers to celebrate the natural resources to be found within increasingly anthropogenic and urbanised environments.  Your stories may be of struggle or of co-existence, juxtaposition or chance encounters, but we hope that all the films submitted will showcase the way that nature interacts with the built environment and human society around it.”

Following an open call, a shortlist of films will be promoted on the AF website and Vimeo channel in order to solicit public feedback.  A jury, including some of the most respected figures in architectural film and broadcasting, will then select a final winner who will be awarded £1,000 prize money and have their film showcased at the Barbican and during the London Festival of Architecture 2014, which this year will be celebrating the theme of ‘Capital’.

This competition will bring together some of the most respected figures in architectural film and broadcasting including BBC Arts Commissioner Mark Bell; Emmy-nominated filmmaker and architect Mark E. Breeze; Robert Rider, Head of Film at the Barbican; Tom Dyckhoff, critic, broadcaster and AF Trustee; filmmaker, artist and architect Tapio Snellman; James Studholme, co-founder of the Blink production company; and photographer and videographer Henrietta Williams.

For more information and to download the brief please click here.

This competition is supported by AKT II.

Image: Detroit Wild City. Courtesy Florent Tillon