Call for entries for the Architect Africa Film Festival 2016


The 6th edition of the Architect Africa Film Festival 2016 (AAFF2016) submissions
are now open and will run until 30 April. The design is: Universal, Global, Local.

Organised by The Architects’ Collective and The Graduate School of Architecture
(GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, the AAFF2016 – building on the construct,
“feel universal, think global and act local,’ is looking for feature films, documentaries, web-docs, short films and multimedia projects that examine the
myriad ways in which design shapes architecture and the built environment; cultural
and social innovation, new media, visual arts and digital communications; and
environmental sustainability.

Advances in digital communications and media have made it easier, cheaper and
faster to communicate new concepts, concerns and groundbreaking ideas. 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.

• 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?
• Is it possible to share diverse stories and experiences in a way that leads to
speculation and risk-taking, not pastiche?
• How can advancing technology and resource scarcity work together as drivers
for innovation and creativity?
• And how can this thinking be translated into the design and production of
processes, systems, spaces, structures, landscapes and urban-scapes?

The AAFF2016 calls on architects, planners, filmmakers, artists, designers and all
those with an interest in creating cities, landscapes and the built environment to be
part of a conversation that celebrates creativity and innovation in the built

The AAFF2016 will be held in
Johannesburg at The Bioscope in Maboneng over four days in June/July 2016.
Submit your entries before 30 April 2016 by uploading your film(s) to YouTube or
Vimeo, and emailing the link to


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