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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Make 60 second movie, upload to YouTube, win £500

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Entrants to Light Shots, the AJ’s film contest in partnership with Philips, have a few more days to finish their films

The AJ and Philips have teamed up to launch Light Shots, a short film competition with a first prize of £500. Architects and architecture students are invited to submit a short video film (60 seconds or under) on the theme of light, exploring the impact of artificial light on the places in which we live.

Film has a long history of exploring cities and the impact of light on the built environment. In the compressed timespan the short film offers, entrants are challenged to investigate an aspect of how we live and how light shapes us and our environments.

How to apply

  • Shorts should be uploaded, and forms completed by midnight MAY 3, 2013
  • The competition entries can be created in any format (Super-8, 16/35mm, video, animation) but must be uploaded as a digital file in any of the following file formats: .MOV, .MPEG4, .MVI, . WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP and WebM
  • Submissions must not exceed 60 seconds in length. There is no minimum length requirement
  • Entries can be silent or with sound
  • The filmmakers name and title of the work must be clearly displayed at the beginning of each submission

The film can be set in a city, town or village, either outside or in an interior space. It should stimulate, entertain and delight and can be shot at night or during the day. It can be in digital format, or on Super 8, a stop-frame animation, a time-lapse or any other means of capturing a moment in time, but no longer than 60 seconds.

Prizes include £500 cash, a trip to Philips’ Outdoor Lighting Application Center near Lyon, a Philips Hue lighting system and subscriptions to The Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review. Shortlisted films will be available to view on the AJ website and shown at a screening in Central London.

The deadline for entries is Midnight 3 MAY.

Be inspired: Films in the spotlight


William Klein, Broadway By Light, 1958

Orson Welles declared that Broadway by Light (main picture, left) was ‘the first film I’ve seen in which colour was absolutely necessary’. The camera focuses on the flashing neon bulbs of Times Square’s iconic advertising and the silhouettes of men at work as they re-arrange letters on the cinema light boxes.

Jacques Tati, Playtime, 1967

Jacque Tati’s 1967 film Playtime (pictured, below left) is an almost silent portrait of Modernist Paris. The film follows the protagonist, Monsieur Hulot, as he navigates the bewildering city. Landmarks of old Paris appear only as fleeting reflections in the new buildings of glass and steel.

Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, 1982. The Blade Runner Partnership

Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, 1982. The Blade Runner Partnership


Ridley Scott, Blade Runner, 1982

A stylish mixture of science fiction and film noir, director Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (pictured, bottom) boasts one of the most astonishingly designed futures ever put on film – a dark, decaying Los Angeles circa 2019. Artfully shot with bold, imaginative lighting effects and stunning urban scenography, practically every scene should prove inspirational.

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  • Good evening!
    My name is Ecaterina Stefanescu and I have just submitted a film for the Light Shots contest. As I was rushing to upload the video and complete the form for the competition before the deadline, I misspelled by own name in the application form and wrote down "Stefanesci" instead of "Stefanescu". I hope this won't be a problem, my name being featured at the beginning of the film as well.

    Thank you!

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  • No Problem Ecaterina, thank you for the clarification. Best James Pallister

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