Look Up Film Challenge

We are thrilled to announce the “Look Up Film Challenge,” a timed filmmaking competition, which aims to bring together filmmakers, AIA Emerging Professionals, and architects to create short films that inspire the world to “look up” and experience a whole new level of appreciation for architects and their positive impact on our society.


On-set filming “An Architect’s Story: Chris Downey” in San Francisco, California. Photo: Beatrice Seifert


At the national AIA Conference in May, we premiered the first documentary in the Look Up series, “An Architect’s Story: Chris Downey,” which tells the inspirational tale of one San Francisco–based architect and planner who is pioneering design for the blind. The documentary showcases the impact of Downey’s work in the community and how his work and teaching inspire the next generation of emerging architects.


Nelsen Brazill, Director and Editor of “An Architect’s Story: Chris Downey,” captures a creative angle filming in Chris’s office in San Francisco, California. Photo: Beatrice Seifert

The Look Up Film Challenge is a timed film competition that challenges participants to make a short film about how architects and their work enrich our personal lives and our community—from homes to open spaces—in every community across the country. Submissions will be judged by a panel of esteemed AIA members and media professionals, presenting $3,000 in cash prizes and experiential awards, including two roundtrip tickets to Austin, Texas, and badges for the iconic festival, SXSW.

The film challenge registration period will open this Thursday, June 18, and the competition kicks off on July 17, with winners being awarded in September.

Check back here on June 18 for the launch of the registration period and to learn how you can connect with a filmmaker to tell your own Look Up story.