Call for entries - Architect Africa Film Festival 2016 (AAFF)





Building on the construct “Feel Universal, Think Global and Act Local”, the Architect Africa Film Festival 2016 is looking for feature films, documentaries, webdocs, short films and multimedia projects that examine the myriad ways in which design – in its broadest sense – shapes architecture and the built environment; cultural and social innovation; new media, visual arts and digital communications; economic reality; and environmental regeneration.

Advances in digital communications and media have changed the way we live, work and play. It has become easier, cheaper and faster to communicate new concepts, concerns and ground-breaking ideas. Correspondingly, the power of digital media to offer us a more socially equitable, environmentally considerate and economically effective platform has never been greater. Previously unheard voices can now be heard; new spaces and opportunities are opening up all around us all the time; and we’re able to engage around common causes in ways that previous generations could not.

In this context, design is no longer a solitary practice but a multidisciplinary process, where the boundaries between disciplines are dissolved in search of new forms of project development.


Ø  How do we use new forms of media to allow us to connect and operate at a global level, yet at the same time encourage us to honour the local histories and traditions that shape our cultural identities?


Ø  Is it possible to share diverse stories and experiences in a way that leads to speculation and risk-taking, not pastiche?


Ø  How can advancing technology and resource scarcity work together as drivers for innovation and creativity?


Ø  And how can this thinking be translated into the design and production of processes, systems, spaces, structures, landscapes and urbanscapes?

We call on architects, planners, filmmakers, artists, designers and all those with an interest in creating cities, landscape and the built environment to be part of a conversation that celebrates creativity and innovation in the built environment. We call on you to be daring in exploring your reality and your future.

Submit your entries for the AAFF2016 before 30 April 2016 by visiting or follow us on @AAFF_2016.

Editors’ Note:

About the Architect Africa Film Festival

Fuelled by the magic of film and fired by the desire to celebrate architecture, the Architect Africa Film Festival was created in 2006 to acknowledge and embrace the astounding reality of urban living.

For almost a decade, the Architect Africa Film Festival has been recognized and enjoyed by many as a top quality event bringing together built environment professionals, students, the media and the public. The selected films are highly rewarding and enjoyable; and have raised pertinent issues, encouraged discussion, and facilitated interaction between audience members and filmmakers since 2007.

In 2016, the Architects’ Collective will partner with the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg and our valued sponsors to bring audiences exciting and thought-provoking content on Africa’s dynamic and multi-layered built environment.


The objectives of the AAFF2016 are to:

Celebrate architecture;

Highlight film as an important tool for exploring architectural and urban issues;

Provide a platform for debate and communication among built environment professionals, stakeholders and citizens;

Provide a cultural tool for capacity building and education;

Create a broader public awareness of the design and developmental opportunities facing growing cities;

Expose students and researchers to the dynamic relationship between film and architecture.

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