Open Now Call for Films AAG Shorts 2021

This call is now closed. Successful films will be available to view in Mid-March.

Now in its fifth year Film Geographies AAG Shorts 2021 invites submissions of short films about space and place. 

What makes a film geographical? For us a geographical film is a film that explores people’s relationship to their environment, a film that is place-based, and where that ‘place’, often dismissed as ‘background’ in other films, is treated like a character in its own right with agency and voice. (Jacobs and Palis, 2020)

Last year our pre-covid theme was ‘Crisis!’ How can films be used for Social Change?
Now that we are living through even more crises, our theme continues but we particularly welcome films that explore issues around power, the Black Lives Matter movement, the shift to decolonise our universities, the ongoing climate crisis and responses to Covid-19.

We also especially welcome films that reflect on how filmmaking can help the discipline adapt to decolonising the curriculum and navigating the recent accelerated shift to online learning and research, including the growing interest in creative research methods and teaching practices more generally.

What kind of film?
*We accept any format/genre: ethnographic, fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, interactive, immersive, participatory etc 
(Note we cannot accept or review any films made solely to promote a course, department or institution)  
When submitting please state whether your film is
1. Completed film2. Work In Progress 3. Student Film
Length < 5 mins or 5-30 mins
Deadline 15 January 2021

To enter fill out this Form

Then send a copy of your film for review by wetransfer (under 2gb) or myairbridge (over 2gb) to
We also accept Vimeo links but only if your film can be downloaded with a password.

Please note we can only accept files we can download, do not send us links to YouTube or Vimeo unless you have adjusted the settings so we can also download the film. Once submitted your film will be sent for review by our review panel. Feedback will be sent to all who request it. More detailed peer review will be available for Works in Progress. Selected films will be screened at AAG 2021 and/or published on

In order to be published on film geographies you must have the right to submit the film. Please make sure your films have undergone an ethical review before submission.