Two top entries have been announced in the 2011 edition of the annual short film competition hosted by SMIBE, The Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment. Under the theme "Building Revolution," the contest had invited moving image stories that investigate, explore, and entertain our communities about social, environmental, political, technological, and economic issues that designers of the built world should be discussing.
The jury met in March at the Neutra VDL House in Los Angeles and selected Pieces from Georges Perec’s Species of Spaces by James C. Cameron Silva (United Kingdom) as the grand prize winner, and Exotic Matter by Isaac Zambra, Carolina Saenz, David Sosa (Mexico) as the runner up.
Grand Prize Winner: SMIBE - Pieces from Georges Perec's Species of Spaces from James Silva on Vimeo.
"On the whole, the SMIBE board had high hopes for the theme "Building Revolution" but it became apparent that making a short moving image story about building AND revolution proved challenging," reads the jury report. "It was difficult for the jury to align the theme with most of the finalist's entries and ultimately, they decided those projects with a higher level of craft and storytelling would find places at the top."
Bustler's sister site Archinect was the media sponsor of the competition, and our very own Paul Petrunia, founder and publisher or Archinect and Bustler, was invited to act on the panel of jurors.
Click here to watch all submitted short films.