I Look Up Film Challenge

June 5 – October 6, 2017
12:00 am –11:59 pm ET
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Overview

AIA

2017 Film Challenge now closed

This year's theme, Blueprint for Better, shined a light on the powerful social impact of architects and their work. In partnership with clients and communities, architects plant the seeds that blossom into stronger neighborhoods, towns, and cities.

More than 80 films were submitted--60 were eligible to win the People's Choice Award, and 15 films were named 'finalists' for a chance to win an award from the judges panel. View the winning films below:

Awards and recognition

Grand Prize

Community by Design: Skid Row Housing Trust

by Myles Kramer

  • $2.5k in cash
  • $1k in credit toward a Haiku fan from Big Ass Solutions
  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago, September 26, 2017
  • airfare and hotel expenses covered for the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago
  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 1, 2017
  • recognition and distribution on AIA channels

People's Choice

Winner to be announced...

  • $2.5k in cash
  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 1, 2017
  • airfare and hotel expenses covered for the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City
  • recognition and distribution on AIA channels

First Runner Up

Pisces

by Brad Deal, AIA

  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago, September 26, 2017
  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 1, 2017
  • recognition and distribution on AIA channels

Second Runner Up

A Little Alcove: San Francisco Navigation Center

by Julian Pham

  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in Chicago, September 26, 2017
  • exclusive screening at the Architecture & Design Film Festival in New York City, November 1, 2017
  • recognition and distribution on AIA channels

Midtown. A Blueprint for Better.

The third annual I Look Up Film Challenge invites architects and filmmakers to collaborate in bringing architectural stories to life. This year’s challenge called for films that highlight projects and architects that are helping to change communities for the better.

To launch the I Look Up Film Challenge 2017, AIA presents a short documentary film on how architecture firm Duvall Decker has helped bring about positive changes in Midtown, a neighborhood in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Image credits

Keith Issacs - Photo of resident in Midtown, Jackson, Mississippi

Keith Isaacs