After several fortuitous encounters in London and Santiago de Chile in 2015, Charlotte Skene-Catling and Manuel Toledo-Otaegui came up with the idea to create the first film festival in the UK dedicated to the topics of film and architecture. Just one year later, the Architecture Film Festival London was founded, thanks in part to the support of friends and colleagues.
Since its first edition in 2017, the festival has aimed to achieve its mission of producing a unique festival experience. This includes organizing additional programmes and events in between festivals, extending the discussion throughout the year and influencing conversations around this interdisciplinary topic throughout the film and architecture industries.
The 2021 festival programme presents two main sections: the International Film Competition and a collection of diverse, thematic screenings, essays and events entitled “Capsules.” The International Film Competition’s [OPEN CALL] received over 270 submissions from 40 countries worldwide; 18 shortlisted films will be featured during the festival programme, and awarded films will be announced in late June. Considering the current situation in the UK and abroad, all of this year’s festival will be held online, offering a combination of ticketed, free and off-line content.