The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects along with partners at the National Museum of Australia and LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture have announced the winners for the global anthropoScene Short Film Competition, which was decided by audience participation at the Not In My Backyard Outdoor Screening in Canberra on Friday 28 October.
The winner of the AUD7,000 prize money was The Architect by Sydney-based actor and filmmaker, Tiffany Hoy. Set in the year 2020, The Architect imagines a world in which humans are responsible for all life. Much of Earth’s flora and fauna have been wiped out by climate change, progress and the ravages of war.
The runner-up, winning AUD3,000 prize money was SIC ERAT SCRIPTUM by Los Angeles-based landscape architect and filmmaker Evan Mather. The film posed the question, ‘was the United States Interstate Highway System created by dinosaurs?’ in a passionate sermon of fevered intensity.
The public were invited to submit short films thematically centering on the new epoch of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene is a defined as a new geological epoch in which humans are now the main force altering the environment on a planetary scale. “The philosophical and practical consequences of the Anthropocene 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,” said Jury Chair and International Festival of Landscape Architecture Creative Director Richard Weller.
The eight shortlisted films were selected by a jury from 141 international entries and explore ideas of identity, the future, increased urbanisation, technology and environmental change. The jury comprised of seven international design professionals including Richard Weller from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, Author and Artist Paul Carter, Architect and Futurist Liam Young, Harvard University’s Silvia Benedito, University of Southern California’s Aroussiak Gabrielian, Editor in Chief of LA+ Journal Tatum Hands and Visual Anthropologist from the National Museum of Australia Kirsten Wehner.
Winner | The Architect – Tiffany Hoy (NSW, Australia)
Runner-up | SIC ERAT SCRIPTUM – Evan Mather (USA)
Fortunate Isles: Landings – Jacob Rivkin (USA)
The Anthropocene is a meditation about time – Sam Hinton, Andrew MacKenzie, Wu Hao and Su Elin (NSW/ACT, Australia & China)
Cáustico – Joshua Ashish Dawson (USA)
What Are You Doing? – Neeti Nayak (USA)
La graine – The seed – Adèle Millet-Lacombe and Mégane Millet-Lacombe (France)
A submission to the enquiry into the death of an architect – Robert Nugent (ACT, Australia)