The unique connection between life and architecture will be celebrated next month at South America’s first architecture film festival: the Arquitectura Film Festival Santiago (AFFS). The festival will be held October 18-21 at Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (GAM) as part of the museum’s Architecture Month.
According to the festival’s website, AFFS aims to offer a fresh look at the city – and Latin American cities in particular. Latin American cities often offer a unique cultural mix, reflecting both “cosmopolitan” cities and those cities that seek to be “developed.” AFFS will therefore be able to explore non-traditional themes and genres throughout the festival’s films.
AFFS has handpicked the world’s best films that focus on the relationship between people and our built environment. Attention is being placed not only on the visual world of architecture (the spectacle of the constructed forms), but also in the social, environmental, and cultural side of the industry. AFFS is set to release the names of the films to be shown at the festival later this month.
AFFS is the first festival of its kind in Latin America. Chile’s initiative joins the circuit of similar festivals held annually in various cities across Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa, with the original concept conceived at the prestigious Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam in 2000.
“La Ciudad es…” (The City is…)
AFFS jurors recently met to begin selecting the winning works for the festival’s short film competition, “La Ciudad es…” (The City is…). The jury is now selecting both a national and international winner for the categories of Best Fiction, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Experimentation, and Best International films. The winners of each category will be exhibited during the festival.
The “La Ciudad es…” competition received over 100 short films from a wide range of countries including Chile, Lebanon, Russia, Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, United States, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, France, Colombia, Mexico, England, China, Brazil, Guatemala, Iran, and Germany, among others.