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Personal Infrastructures – 2010 SMIBE Short Film Competition

With its second annual competition, SMIBE continues to bring together a growing body of moving image stories about the built environment. We hope the competition will become a forum for the exchange and discussion of persuasive issues about the built world. For this competition, SMIBE welcomes moving image stories that investigate, explore, and entertain our communities about social, environmental, political, technological, and economic issues that designers of the built world should be discussing.

The challenge is open to all professionals, college and university students worldwide, 18 years or older.


What are issues that we should be addressing in our built world?
To answer this question, SMIBE turns to our talented community of professionals, college and university students from architecture, landscape, art, industrial design, interior design, motion graphics and film to offer a challenge: produce a three minute, engaging and entertaining moving image story about “Personal Infrastructures”. We are looking for stories about memorable characters and the infrastructures in their lives. Enlighten and entertain us with stories about infrastructure, either on a personal scale, public scale or somewhere in between.

Above all, we look for groundbreaking work that blends rigorous craft with intelligent storytelling.


Five general category and five student category submissions will be chosen as Finalists by a panel of prestigious judges invited by SMIBE. Subsequently, these judges will select two of the ten finalists, one general category finalist and one student category finalist, to be awarded a Grand Prize of $500 each and a unique SMIBE trophy. In addition, the top ten finalists will have their videos screened at the MAK Center in Los Angeles and at the Graham Foundation in Chicago.


  • The challenge is open to all professionals, college and university students worldwide, 18 years or older.
  • Submissions should be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.
  • The work may contain any combination of video, motion graphics, animation, visual effects, sound and music.
  • Contestants must use Vimeo to post their work; this site has posting instructions such as max file size and media type.
  • During the registration process the contestant must submit a 300 characters maximum blurb about their submission (indicate if the submission is entered in either the General Category or the Student Category) to be entered on the online submission form.
  • When posting work on Vimeo use the word “smibe” at the begnning of the name of the video. For example: smibe-myexcellentvideo
  • If invited to be a Finalist, each entrant(s) must submit a non-authored DVD with his or her submission in QuickTime format. File dimensions should be 720×480 (16:9) or 640×480 (4:3).
  • Submissions containing copyrighted material, video, or sound are subject to disqualification and removal from the SMIBE website.
  • Contestants may submit more than one work.
  • Teams are allowed to enter a submission, but each submission must be accompanied by a primary contact that meets the eligibility criteria. Individuals may submit entries as individuals and/or as part of a team.
  • Submissions may not be updated or modified.
  • Entries that contain any content that is pornographic in nature, lewd, or sexually explicit will be disqualified.
  • SMIBE reserves the right to disqualify or remove any submissions it deems in violation of the Rules or Terms & Conditions of the Challenge.

How to enter?

Contestants must be registered and logged-in in order to submit their entry.