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The Animalesque Visiting School Competition invites students and professionals from all over the world to participate in the production of visionary scripts about the future agency of animals in the design and construction of urban environments. We are welcoming all kinds of creative film works, including those with limited technological resources.

What is an Animalesque City? We challenge you to express an activist and radical viewpoint through a short movie about the (future) relationships between humans and animal species in times of rapidly expanding urbanisation; to envision emergent societies in which multispecies citizens exist in symbiosis.

Over the past three years, Animalesque Berlin Visiting School has been committed to investigating the meaning and potential of animal wildlife in the city, and to stimulating design that is beneficial to all species. Working collaboratively with designers, ecologists, biologists, artists and academics, among others, we stimulate transdisciplinary research that responds to the growing complexities of an urban/natural world.

The medium of film enables the transmission of narratives and fiction in a critical and engaging way. Together, the selected submissions will express visionary animalesque realities, constructed from different global perspectives and seen through a multiplicity of lenses.

Selected winners will get 1-to-1 mentoring with jury members in order to develop a high quality film which will be presented at AA School London and at the ARCH+ cohabitation exhibition in Berlin.

CRITERIA

  • Duration: The movie should be between two and five minutes long
  • Genre: Fiction, documentary, animation and experimental film are permitted. All creative formats are valid.
  • Content: Narrative and engagement potential will be considered. Does the movie trigger curiosity and excitement?
  • Framing of context: How is the proposed scenario dealing with time, culture and place? There are no limits here, so think big.
  • Reference to cultural interspecies relationships: Myths, legends, rituals and tales can narrate our intrinsic relationships with animals
  • Addressing current and future urgent topics: for example loss of biodiversity, climate change and sprawling urbanization.

REGISTRATION AND TIMELINE

Participation is open to students and professionals from all fields in any location around the world. Submissions can either be made individually or as a team, with a maximum of three members. The registration fee is £25 per person (the fee for a team of three is therefore £75).

Scholarships are available. If you wish to apply, please send a strong 200 words statement of interest in participating in the competition to the Visiting School Office.

Submission deadline: 8 January, 2pm CET

Announcement of results: 30 January

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