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A global short film competition concerning the profoundly frightening and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century.

The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects along with partners at the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture have announced the winners for the global anthropoScene Short Film Competition, which was decided by audience participation at the Not In My Backyard Outdoor Screening in Canberra on Friday 28 October.

The winner of the AUD7,000 prize money was The Architect by Sydney-based actor and filmmaker, Tiffany Hoy. Set in the year 2020, The Architect imagines a world in which humans are responsible for all life. Much of Earth’s flora and fauna have been wiped out by climate change, progress and the ravages of war.

The runner-up, winning AUD3,000 prize money was SIC ERAT SCRIPTUM by Los Angeles-based landscape architect and filmmaker Evan Mather. The film posed the question, ‘was the United States Interstate Highway System created by dinosaurs?’ in a passionate sermon of fevered intensity.


The Architect by Tiffany Hoy




Fortunate Isles: Landings by Jacob Rivkin


The Anthropocene is a meditation about time by Andrew MacKenzie, Sam Hinton, Sue Elin, and Wu Hao

Cáustico by Joshua Ashish Dawson

What Are You Doing? by Neeti Nayak


La graine – The seed by Adèle Millet-Lacombe & Mégane Millet-Lacombe


A submission to the enquiry into the death of an architect by Robert Nugent

Director's Cut

Considering the impressive quality of entrants, the jury selected an additional 8 films for high commendation to be featured as part of the Director’s Cut, including:

D.C. Loci: post-gender, post-race, post-human - Mariana Ibanez and Simon Kim (USA)

How To Save The World - Naeem Shahrestani (USA)

Fall of Roam - Don Do (NSW, Australia)

Pareidolia - Hugh Marchant and Ben Norris (NSW, Australia)

Child of Humanity - Achyutanand Dwivedi (India)

Negotiating the Floodplain - Ryan Barnette, Bobby Bruce, Leetee Wang and Zhoufei Zhu (USA)

Our Little Planet - Keith Diamond (NSW, Australia)

Iwanuma - Leandro Couto de Almeida and Emma Freeman Goode (USA)

What is the Anthropocene?

At the same time that the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016, the International Commission on Stratigraphy is expected to formally announce the dawn of the Anthropocene Epoch: a new geological period defined by the fact that the earth’s systems are now fundamentally determined by human activity. The philosophical and practical consequences couldn't be greater: in short, nature is no longer that ever-providing thing ‘out there’, it is, for better or worse, something we are creating. The landscape of the Anthropocene is a cultural landscape and therefore a question of design


Richard Weller: Chair of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Aroussiak GabrielianLandscape Architecture + Media, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Silvia BeneditoLandscape Architecture + Media, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge
Kirsten Wehner: visual anthropologist + head curator, National Museum of Australia
Paul Carter: Author and Artist, RMIT, Melbourne
Tatum Hands: Editor in Chief, LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Liam YoungArchitect + Futurist, London

Submission Guidelines

  • Entrants can shoot their films on mobile phones or any other device.

  • Where copyright permits entrants are able to use any combination of image, text and sound. Each film must have a title and all credits are to be included in the film.

  • Credits and author details are also to be provided on the entry form.

  • This competition is available to all people, however they are not to be employees of AILA, LA+, nor NMA, and cannot be employees or family members of the Jury.

  • The competition opens for entries 1st June - the entry form is available here. It must be submitted by 5.00pm EST on 1st August 2016.

  • All films for previewing purposes must be uploaded to vimeo at vimeo.com .The link (and password, if applicable) of your vimeo preview copy is to be shared on the entry form. No hard copies are accepted.

  • If you are selected to be one of the 6 finalists, we will require that your film be properly exported in the following format so that we can show them at National Museum of Australia. These specifications are listed below.

  • Proper exporting can be done through programs such as Compressor or Adobe Premiere. For further tips about exporting in the proper format, please consult vimeo.com’s help page here.

  • All credits must be ascribed

Key Dates

Competition Opens for submissions: 1st June 2016
Competition Closes to submissions: 1st August 2016
Six Finalists are notified of their selection: 31st August 2016
Screening event and prize-giving: 28th October 2016

Film Specifications

Max Duration inc credits: 0:04:00
Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing 16:9
Resolution: 1920x1080 (16:9)
Video Tracks: H.264 MPEG-4 (MP4), 1920 × 1080, 25 fps, 10-12 Mbps
Audio Tracks: MPEG-4 Audio stereo, 48 kHz

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