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Student Short Film Competition and Training

Festival of  'endangered' Urbanism 2021

As part of the 2021 Festival of 'endangered' Urbanism, the University of Sydney and Monash University launched the inaugural Festival of Urbanism short film competition. Students at both universities also had the opportunity to attend two free filmmaking training sessions with Dr. Cameron Rose from United Pop.

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In line with this year’s festival theme, students were asked to examine ‘endangered’ urbanism in whatever context and creative approach they choose. Films were judged by a panel from the University of Sydney and Monash University and chaired by Dr. Rose.

Best direction, recognising excellence in visual storytelling

Notes from a Suburb by Saskia Vernon, University of Sydney



Best production, recognising excellence in cinematography, editing and production design

The Remaining People by Bora Kim, University of Sydney



Highly commended, recognising excellent achievement overall in an ambitious project

The Endangered Public Park by Laura Kleine Butron, University of Sydney



(un)habitable circulation by Vera Xia, University of Sydney


Event Details

Examples of student films exploring urbanism in Prato, Italy

Introduction to the design research documentary

Journal article: Ethnographic Documentary as a Translator of Architecture and Urban Research

The short films must be no more than 5 minutes in length. Students are encouraged to create their own authentic film based on their interpretation of the theme of “Endangered Urbanism”. The moving image (short film) can evoke the story of place, capture its material essence and generate insights for potential solutions. It can also visualise ideation, speculate on imagined futures and advocate for people and the environment.

Your entry could be, for example:

  • a music video
  • an animation or stop-motion
  • a short story
  • a vlog
  • a mini-documentary
  • interviews
  • urban design visualisation
  • design fiction

Upload your finished video to Youtube, Vimeo or similar video sharing platform and submit the url of the video through our submission form. All films are required to be in HD format (1920x1080). Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Foreign-language films are welcome, but dialogue must have English subtitles.

The deadline for 2021 competition entries is 3 September, 2021. Ensure that all content in your film (including footage, music, images, props etc) is your own. If you include any copyrighted content you must be able to provide written permission for its uses. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified.

By submitting the entry form, the student gives the Festival of Urbanism permission to use all submitted materials on the website and for publicity.

A video release form can be downloaded here.

Any students enrolled at the University of Sydney or Monash University, who are studying relevant subjects, or have an interest in urbanism and regional planning.

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Contact Melanie Morrison to find out more information