Capturing our Natural Capital

Postponed until Further Notice

  • Still from Detroit Wild City. Courtesy Florent Tillon
  • Moss Your City, an AF Project Space Exhibition by PUSHAK (2010), courtesy Guy Archard.
  • Gibbon's Rent 2013. Courtesy Mickey Lee, The AF.
  • Viewpoint for Camley Street Natural Park, photo courtesy of Max Creasy.
  • Viewpoint for Camley Street Natural Park, render courtesy of AOR.

Please note that this competition has been postponed until further notice. Please watch The AF website for further announcements.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your interest in this project.


The Architecture Foundation is delighted to be launching its first-ever short film competition. Through our diverse programme strands The Architecture Foundation strives to promote new ideas and new talent in architecture.  As an organisation we are also dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary dialogue between architecture and other professions be they art, science, fashion or in this case film. Wishing to expand our explorations into the world of film, The Architecture Foundation is pleased to launch this international open call for filmmakers to submit short films that respond to the theme of architecture and nature.  The project seeks to celebrate the ‘natural capital’ found within the urban context, and to explore ways of capturing architecture and the environment on film.  

Following this 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 previewed and showcased at the Barbican Centre and during the London Festival of Architecture 2014, which this year will be celebrating the theme of ‘Capital’.

The jury includes BBC Arts Commissioner, Mark Bell, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and architect Mark E. Breeze, critic, broadcaster and AF trustee, Tom Dyckhoff, Head of Film at the Barbican, Robert Rider, filmmaker, artist and architect, Tapio Snellman, producer and Director of Blink, James Studholme and photographer and videographer Henrietta Williams.

Fimmakers should submit short films of no longer than three minutes in length that respond to the following brief:

“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.”

To download the Open Call document with full details of th brief and how to submit please click here.

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