“URBAN VISIONS. Beyond the Ideal City” is an independent film festival promoted by City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Bologna, Italy.
It is the first Italian competition for short films entirely dedicated to the contemporary city and to urban public life, aimed at exploring urban humanities through an interdisciplinary approach - www.cityspacearchitecture.org/urbanvisions.

“URBAN VISIONS. Beyond the Ideal City” is interested to collect narratives of different realities, to investigate city’s connections, intersections and activities while focusing on the public realm, where public aspects, related to participation, sharing and social practices, blend with private aspirations, related to individuality, diversity and lifestyles. Urban Visions intends to collect stories of happiness or poverty, success or solitude, compliance or rebellion, beyond the seducing and reassuring shapes of the beautiful, ideal city. Overcoming the stereotypes and well-known images of consumerism, Urban Visions looks for something that our eyes, deliberately or unconsciously, don’t know or can’t see.

“URBAN VISIONS. Beyond the Ideal City” is part of A-Place. Linking places through networked artistic practices, dedicated to strengthening the bonds between people and places, co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union - www.a-place.eu.
"URBAN VISIONS / A-Place" competition includes:
- A-Place / Migrants, refugees and displaces communities, investigating the living conditions of migrants, refugees and displaced communities in cities, in Italy and elsewhere.
- A-Place / Resilient Communities, investigating the work of self-organized communities through creative and multidisciplinary placemaking initiatives.

Category: Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City
1st prize - € 800 in cash
2 honorable mentions - certificate of excellence

Category: A-Place / Migrants, refugees and displaced communities
1st prize - € 500 in cash
2nd prize - € 300 in cash
3rd prize - € 200 in cash
2 honorable mentions - certificate of excellence

Category: A-Place / Resilient Communities
1st prize - € 500 in cash
2 honorable mentions - certificate of excellence

The competition is open to film professionals and film enthusiasts, and to all genres (fiction, experimental, documentary). There is no restriction about the language, but subtitles in English must be included.
We accept short films of maximum 30 minutes.
Submitting a short film implies that all applicants accept the terms and conditions set out in this competition.
Each applicant can submit one proposal only.

Applicants sending proposals must legally assume the rights of authorship. All questions and claims that may arise in this respect fall solely on the applicant. The video products are the property of the artists. This understanding also includes the right of City Space Architecture to reproduce the work during the international film festival “Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City” and during other cinema events related of the A-Place project.

Overall Rating
  • Ishizaki Masataka

    Awesome film festival! beautiful concept, creative. I wish it could be actual one next year, not online...

    May 2021
  • Thanks for the selection of 'preferentes', really profesional festival!!

    May 2021
  • Galina Chakarova

    Thank you to the lovely organisers who came up with the initiative "A Confined Urban Vision". The festival was a great platform to screen our film This Summer, which was curated with similar pandemic related stories. I recommed to everyone to submit for the next edition.

    May 2021
  • The festival and its team were extremely welcoming and organized. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the event had to be held online, but it was still a fantastic experience and everyone in the organization is to be congratulated.

    May 2021
  • I feel so proud that our documentary "Osaka: a city symphony" was selected as the best film. Communication was easy and friendly and I definitely recommend it to the indie-filmmakers.

    May 2021