Urban Living Short Movie Competition 2019

 The role of Urban Planning within Daily Life, Architecture and Art.


Rediscovering Urban Living in Negatives.

Since the end of the 19th century, cinema and the city have been intrinsically related to each other. Movies has been interested in the representation of places, lifestyles, and human conditions, On the other hand, the change in the society and life style and all other aspects of daily life in city have an expanded reflection on the movies. Indeed, movies can provide a comprehensive images of urban living, they confront us with hidden layers of city, those of which cannot be fully represented in any other way than moving pictures.

This competition seeks to straddle the border between the art of film making and the built environment, to see how the a novel narration of urban living can consequently architecture and cinema intertwined more after the technological inventions. Cinema became more inspiring and interesting for the architectural agenda. Films are studied and analyzed more and more as this field grow. There is a growing scholarship on this field. The fusion of architecture and cinema depicts how these two art forms intertwine in a subtle way. The essence of producing spaces in these eternalized worlds becomes more influential.


- Presenting the Artistic and Architectural Innovation in the City

The cinema is always the witness of all the evolutions and all the creative works which are done in the city. However, the creativity evolves in a way that we have never seen before. The cinema does not give a name to this world like social sciences do; but it shows us beyond the "named" world. Representations of public everyday space contain historical narratives, and finding the underrepresented ones gives us a more inclusive socio-historical understanding of a city’s environment. The conditions of the postmodern city complicate the legibility of these narratives. When the moving image came to prominence at the beginning of the 20th century, the understanding of architectural and urban space and our connection to it was transformed by film’s capacity to trace the spatial dimension and shifting points of views in architecture and design.

Sample Issues: Creative Architecture, Facades, Graffiti and Street Arts, Architecture for Urban Living.

- Promotion of Better Living Conditions for Inhabitants

Films can deal with urban living and explore, in one way or another, how cities are not necessarily designed for people. Quite the opposite, in fact, they demonstrate how our urban environments often dehumanize us. Are we thriving in our cities, or simply surviving in them? Films can examine what makes a city a home or a hell for a human. Some of us are enchanted by the excitement, culture and buzz of urban living, and some of us want to run for the hills. Films also can take us on that worldwide trip, looking at the human need for intimacy and inclusion, and explores how cities might be built to better serve the lives of the people who live in them.

Sample Issues: Livable Cities, Women and City, City for Disabled, City for Children.

- Facilitate Interaction Among the Members of Society

Films and cities are alike in one specific way that they can provide a mean for members of society to interact with each other. Through films different groups of people can be hear other people’s voices, they can be informed of what they think about. In other hand, daily life in city is the basic way for citizens to make their daily interaction with the world beyond their own homes, Creative cities provide more of the places with interaction facilities.


- Creative and esthetic atmosphere

In urban life creative and esthetic atmosphere combines with rhythm into the elements of the city which are streets, houses, cinemas, shopping malls, transportation systems. The circulation in space is combined by these elements through movement. In architecture movement and rhythm can be gathered by texture, light, proportion, scale or color. The main theme movement also has its existence with users and other incomes like nature. While living in a city the acts which cannot be separated like fears, desires, and attractions, ambitions, combines with urbanism. These acts also depend on time and picture the experience of spaces so on cities.

Sample Issues: City for artists, artistic agencies in urban living,

- Promote and Re-affirm Social and Cultural Roots and Identity (Sense of Belonging)

One of the main novelties about film had been the fact that it was apparently able to capture the roots and identity through time. In doing so, it depicted movement as it spread-out. By depicting various kinds of transfer, passage, shift or interchange, film became involved in the exploration of space in its cultural context. With film, the representation of the special breath of life that goes through all of us from the moment we are born until the last of our traces are preserved for another person’s memory.

Sample Issues: modern urban monuments

Film as a presentation tool in urban living and  Architecture

- Films as a Power to Reinterpret the city

Not only cities preserve images of their own culture and ways of life, but film can also preserve both the time of its making and the time that it represents. Film becomes similar with the discourses o archaeology when it assumes the role of preserving the city, its life, society.

- Films as Valuable Instrument to Convey the City’s Visions and Desires.

The real city is the physical entity, the mass of people and their constructs. The dream city is a mythic city created by film holding the real city’s charisma, rich in memory and that for many can resemble the real city. Sanders holds that the filmic or mythic city is more than a mirror of the real city, rather it is a statement of urban presence and greatness.

- Films as vehicle for documenting and portraying the city.

Through film we are able to walk in created environments or to explore and document the effects of buildings on society, and urban settings. Film is an invaluable instrument for the quasi-perceptual experience of the city – it enables us with an almost first person contacting with the city. Also in film, architecture and the city can be used cinematically in different ways with the intent of creating an experience derived by cinematic images; interplay between architecture and the characters that live in the city.


- Movies between 10 sec to 5 minutes in length

- Movies between 5 to 15 minutes in length

(Each classification will be judged separately)

- [documentary, length: 100 seconds] in two different sections:

* Built Projects, Completion date must be after 01/Jan/2010 (Film only)

* Concept Project (3D Presentation- Animation)

 Judging Criteria

1- Architectural Significance: (%65)

Quality, Creativity, Innovation and Originality of:

- Diversity of Design Ideologies and Methodologies

- Cultural diversity - definition

- Contextual Analysis

- Conceptualization and design

- Advanced Technologies

- New Social Sensitive

- Sense of place and ecology

- Relationship between architecture and movie industry (Architect and


Create multi layers unity: intellectual, cultural, humanistic and spiritual.

2- Movie Significance: technical & aesthetics aspects and the Quality of the movie (%35)

Quality, Creativity and Originality of:

- Visual Creativity

- Cinematography

- Music, Sound Design and Soundtrack

- Editing

- Composition Skills

Note: additional features will be noted for animated and documentary movies.



- Applicants will have to register for each category they enter.

- Each applicant can register more than once in each category.

- Registration for Short Movie Award can be done online and registration for Movie Award can be done by email [The email address: Movie@2amagazine.com]

- Enrollment fee for Short Architectural Movie Award is 79 EUR and for Architectural Movie Award is 99 EUR.


 Entry Eligibility

- This competition is open to anyone, in particular, Architects and Directors.

- All entries and the content of them must be original and must be authored by one individual/group.

Note: English is the official language of this competition.



- The top ten movies in each section of Short Architectural Film Festival and top ten movies of Architectural Film Festival will receive honorary medals and certificates in the ceremony.

- All top ten of each category will be displayed separately in the day of the ceremony.

- The Report of the ceremony will be published in 2A Magazine and other platforms.

- All top ten Movies and short movies in each category will be published in 2A Magazine website.

- The winners will receive trophies and certificates as a praise of their works.


 Entry Date and Time: The entry opens on

March 1st 2019 and closes on

March 20th 2019