The competition embraces the profoundly frightening and yet somehow incredibly optimistic landscapes of the 21st century, and invites the submission of 3–4 minute short films on the general subject of the new epoch of the Anthropocene. So far entries have been received from Germany, USA and China, as well as Australia. With AUD$10K in prize money and the ability to shoot on a mobile phone or device, everyone is invited to enter.
Six finalists will be preselected by the judges for public screening at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on the evening of 28 October 2016. The ultimate winner will be determined via audience participation at the screening.
AnthropoScene is organised by The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) in partnership with the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture.
AUD $10,000 in prize money
Competition Opens | 1 June 2016
Competition Closes | 1 August 2016
What is the Anthropocene?
At the same time the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) 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
Paul Carter | Author and Artist, RMIT, Melbourne
Liam Young | Architect + Futurist, London
Silvia Benedito | Landscape Architecture + Media, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge
Aroussiak Gabrielian | Landscape Architecture + Media, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Tatum Hands | Editor in Chief, LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Kirsten Wehner | Visual Anthropologist + Head Curator, National Museum of Australia
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 entry form is available on the webpage. 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 via email to email@example.com by 5.00pm EST on 1st August 2016, and should be accompanied by the entry form.
- 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.
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 required of the 6 final films shortlisted
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