International film competition recognizes work by three Azrieli School students

April 13, 2022

Three students at the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism have won recognition in ArchiShorts, an international short film competition that is part of Winnipeg’s annual Architecture + Design Film Festival. 


First-year undergraduate student Sasha Lapointe Lawless received the Big Splash Prize for Corporate Sea Fishes. He created the film in the Introduction to Multimedia course taught by Adjunct Professor Adriana Ross. 


Description: Keeping an open mind, staying true to oneself, and welcoming growth are crucial in a world of numbers, money, performance, and artificial happiness. One’s hope is not to be an empty businessman hooked on a money line by a fisherman (or should I say: manfisher).   


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Master’s student David Bastien-Allard received the Svankmajer Prize for A Journey to Healing, which he produced in a fourth-year undergraduate studio collaborating with Nadia Marouf. The lead instructor for the course was Professor Federica Goffi. Adjunct Professor Adriana Ross also provided support during the making of the film. 


Description: The movie was produced to introduce a project on hospital design and to explain how the environment of the patient can have an impact on the wellbeing and recovery process.  


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Second-year undergraduate student Stephanie Opdebeeck received an Honourable Mention for Architecture School in Moments. It was a personal project with suggestions provided by Adjunct Professor Adriana Ross. 


Description: The film portrays many small, seemingly simple moments in architecture school that hold beauty and represent the memories, community, and stories of Building 22. Spending first year online and being in the architecture building for second year has been something so many of us have found to be so special, and my project portrays all the moments we’ve cherished through film. The prompt for the competition was to portray what stories buildings tell, and I thought I would represent my studio year’s story in Building 22 this year. 


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This year’s competition received 44 films from 18 countries, with Canadian entries from Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa, and Montréal. Global entries came from Austria, Belgium, Chile, Cyprus, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Iran, Italy, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, UK, and the US.   


2022 is the 8th year of the ArchiShorts contest and the 11th year for Winnipeg’s annual Architecture + Design Film Festival. 


“The ArchiShorts two-minute film contest is meant to be as inclusive, empowering, and diverse as possible.,” says coordinator Ted Landrum. “It is a free contest, open to anyone keen to explore the narrative and cinematic potential of places, real and imagined.”