For the 2021 "Communities" edition of the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival, Archituned has launched a competition for short films on architecture. The first five selected works will be featured at the Giardini della Marinaressa in Venice, during the event.

The author winner of the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival 2020 - Living together Again - will be awared with a custom made Murano Glass Prize produced by the renewed company Nason Moretti in Venice and aditionally the winner will be awarede with the sum of 500 Euros.
At the end of the competition, the authors of the other selected films will receive a certificate of participation to the competition.

For the 2020 "Living together Again" edition of the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival, Archituned in collaboration with an external Jury of experts and professionals of the architecture and cinema field will create a selection of short films on architecture. The selection will include a.o. documentaries, animations, experimental shorts, etc, from international authors to be presented in Venice from 1st – 5th September 2020 on the occasion of the Festival.
Cinema will be the preferential medium and language, whilst Architecture and the public spaces of the city of Venice will convey the message, they become the frame and place to meet, reflect upon a wide range of topics close to the community and to the architects themselves. Architecture itself will be investigated and questioned as a fundamental instrument that influences and shapes our habits, our future, the sense of community we are building everyday living together our spaces.

The selected films presented will explore different visions on contemporary architecture with a particular focus on themes such as living in the cities, the landscapes, the use and regeneration of public and open spaces, the sense of neighbourhood, how we create and define a sense of community and how we share and live within those frames.

The variety of the different spaces and locations represented through the videos will reflect the diversity of perspectives and visions on the role of architecture, the use of public spaces and the social, geographic, cultural and political contexts featured within them. The works will tell a narrative of spaces, of cultures and their expressions, of the needs of citizens and tourists alike, of urban contexts, being them real or idealized scenarios to take inspiration from.

Through all works presented, we invite the public to reflect, can we rethink our spaces, our routines, our multicultural societies and therefore provide answers to the needs of contemporary society and how we live our cities and urban spaces?

2. WHO
Participation is open to filmmakers, producers, and students above the age of 18 from all backgrounds and nationalities.
The following are excluded from participation: members of the jury (permanent or temporary), members of the board and those who were involved in the drafting of this open call.

All films should reflect the 2020 "Living together Again" edition and theme of the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival and address contemporary architecture in its broadest sense, as described in paragraph 1. THEME and have preferably a maximum length of 15 minutes.
All films will be considered but preferably those produced after 2010.
All films must be submitted by 15th August 2020, strictly in digital format and specifically in MP4 format with H.264 encoding. This will be the only accepted format.
All uploads must be accompanied by:
● director’s name
● production company
● three high resolution frames from the submitted entry in .jpg format at the maximum resolution available (minimum resolution 1920x1080 px)
● film abstract
● year of production

Films will be accepted with audio in any language. Nevertheless, if the language is neither Italian nor English, they must be provided with English subtitles (.srt format).

5. HOW
To participate you must submit your video on
Registration will be open from 10th July (0h00 CET) to 15th August 2020 (23h59 CET).
The list of the shortlisted films will be revealed on 20th August 2020. It will be published on the website https://www.veniceshortfilmfestival/2020shortlist and communicated by email to the selected participants. The decision of the shortlisted films is indisputable.

Participants declare that the film submitted is their own and that its public screening rights have not been transferred to third parties. Participants assume all liability for any claim or demand by third parties, administrative, judicial or of other nature, concerning intellectual property or screening rights of the submitted film. Film submission implies that participants hold all necessary rights to publicly screen the entered film and are authorized to enter the competition and as such to present their film at Venice Architecture Short Film Festival and hereby grant said rights to Archituned, for both competition submission and the film screening at the Festival.

Regarding screening of the films submitted during Venice Architecture Short Film Festival, while ownership of the intellectual property of the work is guaranteed, there will be no screening fee.
Participants grant, free of charge, the screening and usage of clips from their work for promotional purposes even in future editions of the Festival. They also grant access and usage of clips from their films, free of charge, on all media platforms and in any form (print and online) including the website This does not imply, in any form whatsoever, loss of copyright of the submitted film on behalf of the participant.

Screening of the entire film on the website is possible by prior arrangement between ArchiTuned and the Participant. Venice Architecture Short Film Festival and ArchiTuned therefore acquire exhibition and screening rights free of charge on any media and platform, while ownership of intellectual property of the work is guaranteed. After the Festival it may be possible to view the submitted films on the website

A qualified jury of film and architecture film experts will select the winning film among the entries. The jury's decision cannot be disputed and is not admitted ex-aequo.
The award will be given to the registered author of the film.
Participation to the award ceremony is not compulsory.

The winner of the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival 2020 - Living together Again - will receive: 500 Euros and a Murano Glass Award.
At the end of the competition, the authors of the other selected films will receive a certificate of participation to the competition.
The first five films will be featured and presented in the programm of the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival.

Please register and submit the works from the first days to avoid unexpected delays.

Call for submissions 11 July – 15 August (24H00 CET) 2020
Selected finalist’s announcement 25 August 2020
Jury working time 25 August – 31 August 2020
Competition winner announcement 5 September 2020

The winner will be contacted by email and will be announced on the website

For any questions please email:

Personal data will be handled according to the EU legislation 31/12/1996 n ° 675 and the EU Regulation n. 2016/679 of the European Parliament and Council of 27 April 2016 (in force in all European Union countries since 25 May 2018), and according to subsequent amendments and additions. Data may be transferred outside the European Union, including countries where the level of personal data protection may be lower than that guaranteed by European legislation. This transfer will, in any case, comply with the standard contractual clauses approved by the EU Commission with decision n. 2010/87 / EC

Venice Architecture Short Film Festival and ArchiTuned will not be responsible for unexpected events that could impede or postpone the Festival and its activities, such as the screening of the films or the jury’s work. By submitting your film to the Competition, you declare and attest that you have read, understood and accepted these rules and guidelines.

Overall Rating
  • Diego Mandelman

    A very pleasant experience to have participated in the Festival. I hope I can do it again in the future. Congratulations!

    September 2020
  • Overall a very well run festival in a fantastic location with some brilliant films. Great job!

    September 2020
  • Christian Williams

    We were thrilled to have been selected by the Venice Architecture Short Film Festival. Although we were unable to be there in person (pandemic) all of the social media posting left no shadow of doubt that the festival was a big hit with those in attendance.

    September 2020
  • A great experience for an awesome festival ! The team was very kind, communicated greatly and well organized. The venues where the works were screened were also top notch ! I can't explain how proud I am to have been a part of this first edition !

    September 2020
  • Saleh Abarkhideh

    the hosting was very good.

    September 2020