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The 2021 Venice Architecture Film Festival is soon approaching!

Venice Architecture Film Festival is an annual event aimed at recognizing issues relevant to architecture, the use of public space and sense of community.

Through the contents of the selected movies, documentaries and animation and short movies, the festival poses questions: What makes a place livable? In what cities we want to live in? What kind of vibrant place for the social and cultural development we wish to create?

The festival is a journey to explore the perception of cities as places for cultural and social development and speaks about architecture from an anthropological perspective and as a tool to shape our society.

The festival will unfold on a five-day schedule, from the 1st to the 5th of September 2021 at the Giardini della Marinaressa, facing the Bacino di San Marco, in Venice. At the second edition of the VAFF 2021, the program will include three main sections.

Architecture Short Film Competition

5 finalist short films will be featured at the Marinaressa Gardens during the main event 

Selected Architecture Films

a new selection of films investigating the proposed themes of this edition

Fringe

special section dedicated to young talented filmmakers and content creators

The 2021 Venice Architecture Film Festival is soon approaching!

Venice Architecture Film Festival is an annual event aimed at recognizing issues relevant to architecture, the use of public space and sense of community.

Through the contents of the selected movies, documentaries and animation and short movies, the festival poses questions: What makes a place livable? In what cities we want to live in? What kind of vibrant place for the social and cultural development we wish to create?

The festival is a journey to explore the perception of cities as places for cultural and social development and speaks about architecture from an anthropological perspective and as a tool to shape our society.

The festival will unfold on a five-day schedule, from the 1st to the 5th of September 2021 at the Giardini della Marinaressa, facing the Bacino di San Marco, in Venice. At the second edition of the VAFF 2021, the program will include three main sections.

Architecture Short Film Competition

5 finalist short films will be featured at the Marinaressa Gardens during the main event 

Selected Architecture Films

a new selection of films investigating the proposed themes of this edition

Young Blood

special section dedicated to young talented filmmakers and content creators

The Architecture Short Film Competition

The competition is open and free. The films will have a duration of preferably 15 minutes and will deal with the theme Communities.

The selected films deal with issues related to the different dimensions and meanings of contemporary architecture, with particular regard and exploration on the themes of the city, the landscape, the use and re-appropriation of public space, sociability of sharing and neighborhood life.

Every place, big or small, helps identify a community: from the family to the social sphere, from the artistic to the intellectual scene, from the mountain to the urban landscapes, from the supportive to the popular community, from the nomadic to the settled society.

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1. Theme

For the second edition of the Venice Architecture Film Festival 2021 with the title "Communities", the organizers Archituned in collaboration with an external Jury of experts and professionals of the architecture and cinema field, will create a selection of short films on architecture. The selection will include a.o. documentaries, animations, experimental shorts, etc, from international authors to be presented in Venice from 1st – 5th September 2021 on the occasion of the Festival. Co-Vid19! Climate change! Social inequality! The whole world needs to give an answer to the social changes caused by impactful circumstance as the pandemic, the climate change and social inequities. As human beings we have always been capable of adapting to different situations; will the communities in their broadest sense and in diverse socio-geographical contexts be able to rapidly adapt as well? Events like those we are living through in our times, are like tsunamis, they break in, drastically changing and setting new balances in the way of living, working, studying, socializing, having fun, moving, buying, sharing, consuming, and contribute to affect the behaviour of individuals and any community, whether small, large, nomadic, or settled. Architecture, in its broadest sense, imagines, designs, and plans future places for our inhabiting, living, and working. Cinema, through the representation of these places and the real life flowing in those habitats and social surroundings, is the best language that narrates us the set of different and multiple spaces, places, and social behaviours. As never before, today, the whole of humanity finds itself in the necessary condition of sharing different ways of living and re-think habits. Every place, big or small, helps identify a community: from the family to the social sphere, from the artistic to the intellectual scene, from the mountain to the urban landscapes, from the supportive to the popular community, from the nomadic to the settled society. The selected films will deal with themes related to the different dimensions and meanings of contemporary architecture, with a particular and explorative look at the themes of the city, the landscape, the public space, the open spaces, the neighbourhood, the house. And they will disclose and poetically, ironically or informatively narrate us about the communities inhabiting these places.

2. Who

Participation is open to filmmakers, producers, and students above the age of 18 from all backgrounds and nationalities.
The following are excluded from participation: members of the jury (permanent or temporary), members of the board and those who were involved in the drafting of this open call.

3. What

All films should reflect the 2021 "Communities” edition and theme of the Venice Architecture Film Festival and address contemporary architecture in its broadest sense, as described in paragraph 1. THEME and have preferably a maximum length of 15 minutes.
All films will be considered but preferably those produced after 2015. All films must be submitted by 31st July 2021, strictly in digital format and specifically in MP4 format with H.264 encoding. This will be the only accepted format. All uploads must be accompanied by:
  • director’s name
  • production company
  • three high resolution frames from the submitted entry in .jpg format at the maximum resolution available (minimum resolution 1920x1080 px)
  • film abstract

4. Language

Films will be accepted with audio in any language. Nevertheless, if the language is neither Italian nor English, they must have English subtitles (.srt format).

5. How

To participate you must submit your video on platform www.filmfreeway.com Registration will be open from 23rd June 2021 (0h00 CET) to 31st July 2021 (23h59 CET).
The list of the shortlisted films will be revealed on 20th August 2021. It will be published on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.it and communicated by email to the selected participants. The decision of the shortlisted films is indisputable.

6. Copyrights

Participants declare that the film submitted is their own and that its public screening rights have not been transferred to third parties. Participants 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 participants hold all necessary rights to publicly screen the entered film and are authorized to enter the competition and as such to present their film at Venice Architecture Film Festival 2nd edition and hereby grant said rights to ArchiTuned, for both competition submission and the film screening at the Festival.
Regarding screening of the films submitted during Venice Architecture Film Festival, while ownership of the intellectual property of the work is guaranteed, there will be no screening fee. Participants grant, free of charge, the screening and usage of their work for promotional purposes even in future editions of the Festival. They also grant access and usage of their films, free of charge, on all media platforms and in any form (print and online) including the websites www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.com, www.veniceshortfilmfestival.com and www.archituned.com. This does not imply, in any form whatsoever, loss of copyright of the submitted film on behalf of the participant.
Screening of the entire film on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.com and on the website www.archituned.com is possible by prior arrangement between ArchiTuned and the Participant. Venice Architecture Film Festival and ArchiTuned therefore acquire exhibition and screening rights free of charge on any media and platform, while ownership of intellectual property of the work is guaranteed. After the Festival it may be possible to view the submitted films on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.com

7. Jury Selection

A qualified jury of film and architecture film experts will select the winning film among the entries. The jury's decision cannot be disputed and is not admitted ex-aequo. The award will be given to the registered author of the film. Participation to the award ceremony is not compulsory.

8. Award

The winner of the Venice Architecture Film Festival 2021 - Communities will receive: 500 Euros and a Murano Glass Award.
At the end of the competition, the authors of the other selected films will receive a laurel of participation to the competition.
The first five films will be featured and presented in the programme of the Venice Architecture Film Festival.

9. Competition Calendar

Please register and submit the works from the first days to avoid unexpected delays.
  • Call for submissions 23rd June –31st August (24H00 CET) 2021
  • Selected finalist’s announcement 20th August 2021
  • Jury working time 21st August – 25th August 2021
  • Competition winner announcement 5th September 2021
The winner will be contacted by email and will be announced on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.it.

10. Questions

For any questions please email: info@archituned.com

11. Privacy

For the purposes of promoting the Contest, personal data will be processed in accordance with Law 31/12/1996 no. 675 and EU Regulation no. 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 (in force in all European Union countries since May 25, 2018) and according to subsequent amendments and additions. Data may be transferred outside the European Union, including to countries where the level of protection of personal data may be lower than that guaranteed by European legislation. Such transfer will in any case be in accordance with the standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission by Decision No. 2010/87 / EC http://194.242.234.211/documents / 10160/10704/1767001.

12. Advice

Venice Architecture Film Festival and ArchiTuned will not be responsible for unexpected events that could impede or postpone the Festival and its activities, such as the screening of the films or the jury’s work.
By submitting your film to the Competition, you declare and attest that you have read, understood, and accepted these rules and guidelines.
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The Architecture Short Film Competition

The competition is open and free. The films will have a duration of preferably 15 minutes and will deal with the theme Communities.

The selected films deal with issues related to the different dimensions and meanings of contemporary architecture, with particular regard and exploration on the themes of the city, the landscape, the use and re-appropriation of public space, sociability of sharing and neighborhood life.

1. Theme

For the second edition of the Venice Architecture Film Festival 2021 with the title "Communities", the organizers Archituned in collaboration with an external Jury of experts and professionals of the architecture and cinema field, will create a selection of short films on architecture. The selection will include a.o. documentaries, animations, experimental shorts, etc, from international authors to be presented in Venice from 1st – 5th September 2021 on the occasion of the Festival. Co-Vid19! Climate change! Social inequality! The whole world needs to give an answer to the social changes caused by impactful circumstance as the pandemic, the climate change and social inequities. As human beings we have always been capable of adapting to different situations; will the communities in their broadest sense and in diverse socio-geographical contexts be able to rapidly adapt as well? Events like those we are living through in our times, are like tsunamis, they break in, drastically changing and setting new balances in the way of living, working, studying, socializing, having fun, moving, buying, sharing, consuming, and contribute to affect the behaviour of individuals and any community, whether small, large, nomadic, or settled. Architecture, in its broadest sense, imagines, designs, and plans future places for our inhabiting, living, and working. Cinema, through the representation of these places and the real life flowing in those habitats and social surroundings, is the best language that narrates us the set of different and multiple spaces, places, and social behaviours. As never before, today, the whole of humanity finds itself in the necessary condition of sharing different ways of living and re-think habits. Every place, big or small, helps identify a community: from the family to the social sphere, from the artistic to the intellectual scene, from the mountain to the urban landscapes, from the supportive to the popular community, from the nomadic to the settled society. The selected films will deal with themes related to the different dimensions and meanings of contemporary architecture, with a particular and explorative look at the themes of the city, the landscape, the public space, the open spaces, the neighbourhood, the house. And they will disclose and poetically, ironically or informatively narrate us about the communities inhabiting these places.

2. Who

Participation is open to filmmakers, producers, and students above the age of 18 from all backgrounds and nationalities.
The following are excluded from participation: members of the jury (permanent or temporary), members of the board and those who were involved in the drafting of this open call.

3. What

All films should reflect the 2021 "Communities” edition and theme of the Venice Architecture Film Festival and address contemporary architecture in its broadest sense, as described in paragraph 1. THEME and have preferably a maximum length of 15 minutes.
All films will be considered but preferably those produced after 2015. All films must be submitted by 31st July 2021, strictly in digital format and specifically in MP4 format with H.264 encoding. This will be the only accepted format. All uploads must be accompanied by:
  • director’s name
  • production company
  • three high resolution frames from the submitted entry in .jpg format at the maximum resolution available (minimum resolution 1920x1080 px)
  • film abstract

4. Language

Films will be accepted with audio in any language. Nevertheless, if the language is neither Italian nor English, they must have English subtitles (.srt format).

5. How

To participate you must submit your video on platform www.filmfreeway.com Registration will be open from 23rd June 2021 (0h00 CET) to 31st July 2021 (23h59 CET).
The list of the shortlisted films will be revealed on 20th August 2021. It will be published on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.it and communicated by email to the selected participants. The decision of the shortlisted films is indisputable.

6. Copyrights

Participants declare that the film submitted is their own and that its public screening rights have not been transferred to third parties. Participants 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 participants hold all necessary rights to publicly screen the entered film and are authorized to enter the competition and as such to present their film at Venice Architecture Film Festival 2nd edition and hereby grant said rights to ArchiTuned, for both competition submission and the film screening at the Festival.
Regarding screening of the films submitted during Venice Architecture Film Festival, while ownership of the intellectual property of the work is guaranteed, there will be no screening fee. Participants grant, free of charge, the screening and usage of their work for promotional purposes even in future editions of the Festival. They also grant access and usage of their films, free of charge, on all media platforms and in any form (print and online) including the websites www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.com, www.veniceshortfilmfestival.com and www.archituned.com. This does not imply, in any form whatsoever, loss of copyright of the submitted film on behalf of the participant.
Screening of the entire film on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.com and on the website www.archituned.com is possible by prior arrangement between ArchiTuned and the Participant. Venice Architecture Film Festival and ArchiTuned therefore acquire exhibition and screening rights free of charge on any media and platform, while ownership of intellectual property of the work is guaranteed. After the Festival it may be possible to view the submitted films on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.com

7. Jury Selection

A qualified jury of film and architecture film experts will select the winning film among the entries. The jury's decision cannot be disputed and is not admitted ex-aequo. The award will be given to the registered author of the film. Participation to the award ceremony is not compulsory.

8. Award

The winner of the Venice Architecture Film Festival 2021 - Communities will receive: 500 Euros and a Murano Glass Award.
At the end of the competition, the authors of the other selected films will receive a laurel of participation to the competition.
The first five films will be featured and presented in the programme of the Venice Architecture Film Festival.

9. Competition Calendar

Please register and submit the works from the first days to avoid unexpected delays.
  • Call for submissions 23rd June –31st August (24H00 CET) 2021
  • Selected finalist’s announcement 20th August 2021
  • Jury working time 21st August – 25th August 2021
  • Competition winner announcement 5th September 2021
The winner will be contacted by email and will be announced on the website www.venicearchitecturefilmfestival.it.

10. Questions

For any questions please email: info@archituned.com

11. Privacy

For the purposes of promoting the Contest, personal data will be processed in accordance with Law 31/12/1996 no. 675 and EU Regulation no. 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of April 27, 2016 (in force in all European Union countries since May 25, 2018) and according to subsequent amendments and additions. Data may be transferred outside the European Union, including to countries where the level of protection of personal data may be lower than that guaranteed by European legislation. Such transfer will in any case be in accordance with the standard contractual clauses approved by the European Commission by Decision No. 2010/87 / EC http://194.242.234.211/documents / 10160/10704/1767001.

12. Advice

Venice Architecture Film Festival and ArchiTuned will not be responsible for unexpected events that could impede or postpone the Festival and its activities, such as the screening of the films or the jury’s work.
By submitting your film to the Competition, you declare and attest that you have read, understood, and accepted these rules and guidelines.
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A Brief Summary of the 2020 Edition

Living Together Again - Architecture Short Film Competition first edition

The competition was a success both for the number and the quality of the submissions:

  • Almost 300 short films submitted for the competition
  • 20 semi finalist short films have been selected and featured in two locations for five days
  • 5 finalist short films have been featured at the Marinaressa Gardens
  • Over 500 people attended to the projections
As the project grows we expect more submissions in the future and we plan to create different sections to showcase more quality works.

 

Spotlight on Bêka & Lemoine

The Festival featured every day five different films by the internationally acclaimed film makers Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine:

  • Koolhaas Houselife
  • Barbicania
  • Infinite Happiness
  • Homo Urbanus Shanghaianus
  • Moriyama-San
With the screening of some of their works, at VASFF we explored the relation between spaces, architecture and people. Through their unusual narration, the revolutionary language redifinig architectural documentaries and by portraying the daily life at some of the most iconic buildings and sites, we discovered the real life of a few of the most significant places and valued the social aspect of living and inhabiting the spaces.

 

Spotlight on Bêka & Lemoine

The Festival featured every day five different films by the internationally acclaimed film makers Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine:

  • Koolhaas Houselife
  • Barbicania
  • Infinite Happiness
  • Homo Urbanus Shanghaianus
  • Moriyama-San
With the screening of some of their works, at VASFF we explored the relation between spaces, architecture and people. Through their unusual narration, the revolutionary language redifinig architectural documentaries and by portraying the daily life at some of the most iconic buildings and sites, we discovered the real life of a few of the most significant places and valued the social aspect of living and inhabiting the spaces.

 

Out of Competition

The Venice Architecture Short Film Festival presents the Out of Competition section featuring:

Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival
Director: Alessandra Galletta
lagalla23.com

Two Pianos
Director: Paul Clemence and Axel Stasny
paulclemence.com | axelstasny.com

Planet Netherlands
8 short videos promoted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy, produced in collaboration with The Architecture Player and curated by Marco Brizzi.
architectureplayer.com | Marco Brizzi
Francesca Feder, Louise Lemoine, Tony Zanon and Ila Beka at the Marinaressa Gardens
Directors, producers, film makers and journalists spent time netweorking together and enjoying sunsets at the Marinaressa Garden, before the projection.
On the occasion of the festival professionals from the archiecture field as well as from the cinema sphere could meet, share ideas and new projects.

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine

Ila Beka & Louise Lemoine presenting their Moriyama-San film at the Marinaressa Garden.

Director Stefano Santamato,  Paolo Soravia - The Blink Fish - producer & Anastasia Kucherova - Stefano Boeri Architetti, receive the first prize