The best films are often inspired by other works of art, but what about architecture? The fourth annual AIA Film Challenge wants you to make 3-5 minute films that tell stories of architects whose work helps build better cities and communities—and there are some great prizes in it for you.

The Judges' winner receives $5000, and two flights plus accommodations to NYC for a screening at the Architecture and Design Film Festival. The Peoples Choice film wins $5000, and two flights plus accommodations to Chicago for a screening at the Chicago Ideas Week. Finally, the Runner-Up and third place each receive $500 cash and their work screens at the Architecture and Design Film Festival.

Note that registration is free but the contest is only open to filmmakers in the United States and its territories. Registration opens today and the contest runs as follows:

  • Submission Period June 18 – August 27, 2018
  • Final films due August 27, 2018
  • Judging September 7 - 16, 2018 P
  • Public Voting September 3 - October 7, 2018 

For some extra motivation, hear from last year’s Grand Prize Winner, Myles Kramer. In making the winning short, Kramer not only learned more about how architecture and design affects people’s day to day lives in LA, but was moved in the process. He told the AIA: 

I was surprised to learn about how the Skid Row Housing Trust provides more than just a place to live, but a true home…They truly care about the well-being of their residents on a personal level, and it really shows. This is what I was most moved by.

See Myles’ short film below, and then enter the AIA Film Challenge yourself by August 27!