Through a lens: the world of architecture

by Tania Wannenburg
AAFF World of architecture Jnl 5 16

The Architect Africa Film Festival once again showcases productions that encourage discussions on all things related to architecture.

Advances in digital communications and media have changed the way we live, work and play. The power of film as a socially equitable, environmentally considerate and economically effective platform to communicate new concepts, concerns and ground-breaking ideas has never been greater.

Previously unheard voices can now be heard; new spaces and opportunities are opening up all around us all the time; and we’re able to engage around common causes in ways that previous generations could not.

This year, the Architect Africa Film Festival (#AAFF2016) has capitalised on the rapidly evolving power of film as an easily-accessible means of communication to put together a top-quality selection that will engage, inform and inspire audiences around the topics of Architecture as a Universal Language; Architecture as a Language of Global Capitalism; and Architecture as Local Engagement.

As part of the selection process, a ‘Call for Entries’ was circulated locally through stakeholders and the media, and internationally through partner festivals, to open up the #AAFF2016 as a showcase for new productions, emerging filmmakers and students. The #AAFF2016 selection panel comprises of Professors Lesley Lokko, Lone Poulsen, and Jyoti Mistry, in collaboration with curator Dr Costanza la Mantia, then evaluated submissions based on watchability, technical execution, relevance of message, and relation to architecture.

For almost a decade, the Architect Africa Film Festival has been recognised and enjoyed by many as a top quality event bringing together built environment professionals, students, the media and the public. The selected films are highly rewarding and enjoyable; and have raised pertinent issues, encouraged discussion, and facilitated interaction between audience members and filmmakers since 2007.

In 2016, the #AAFF2016 has partnered with valued sponsors – the SA Council for the Architectural Profession, the Graduate School of Architecture (GSA) at the University of Johannesburg, PPC Cement, Business & Arts South Africa, Saint-Gobain, Propertuity, Paragon Architects and Afritects – to bring audiences exciting and thought-provoking content on the dynamic and multi-layered built environment.

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