Cinecity 2014: The winning shot

Cinecity Architectural Film project announced for its 2014 competition on 30 May, at a screening for the Vivid Ideas Exchange in Sydney. This concludes the competition for 2014, where participants were asked to submit sixty-second continuous, unedited films along the theme of Making – for premier screening at the National Architecture Conference in Perth in May this year.

From the seventy entries received from sixteen countries, the winner is… Sound and Vision by Francis Matthews, who received a $1,000 cash prize, courtesy of The University of Sydney.

“This short movie has the merit of addressing architectural issues while at the same time making sense in narrative terms: it has a beginning, a middle and an end,” said judge Francois Penz of the winning film. “The whole movie is about the confusion created by glass reflections, something we all have encountered from time to time…a theme masterfully explored by Jacques Tati in Playtime (1967).”

The jury included: architect Zaha Hadid, film-maker Tony Hill, Victorian Government Architect Geoffrey London, Cambridge University professor of architecture Francois Penz, architect and arts patron Penelope Seidler, Perth architect Emma Willamson of CODA Studio and the Making 2014 conference directors Adam Haddow, Helen Norrie and Sam Crawford. The judges choices and commendations were:

Screens – Ted Sonnenschein. Judges Choice by Zaha Hadid and Emma Williamson
Cage Full Circle (No.1) – Amy Lunn. Judges Choice by Tony Hill, Highly Commended by Francois Penz.
Sound – Amy Czarkowski. Judges choice by Making 2014 conference directors, highly commended by Emma Williamson.
Hands [The Bucket Trilogy] – Diogo Morato. Highly commended by Emma Williamson, Francois Penz, Geoffrey London, commended by Tony Hill.
If You Build It They Will Come – Edward Couper and Allie Piehn. Highly commended by Making 2014 conference Directors.
Route 426 – Vernon Cheung. Highly commended by Geoffrey London.
Night Film Night – Amanda Morgan. Highly commended by Emma Williamson.
Dunwich Fishing – Eleanor Suess. Highly commended by Geoffrey London, commended by Francois Penz.
Day by Day – Namfon Udomlertlak. Commended by Francois Penz.
Surveillance Stage – Alien Oosting. Commended by Tony Hill.
A Maker’s Perspective – Situ Studio. Commended by Tony Hill.
Spine – Susanne Chan. Commended by Tony Hill.

Cinecity is curated by independent film researcher Louise Mackenzie and Sarah Breen Lovett, an artist, curator, architectural educator and PhD candidate at University of Sydney. The thirty shortlisted films are screening around the country.

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