The New Urbanism Film Festival was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2013. The vision was to move the conversation about urban planning and design out of the classrooms and city council chambers and onto the silver screen, in order to gather and engage the broader community in conversations about placemaking.
The festival attracts audiences of planners, filmmakers, civic leaders, activists and everyday citizens who want to learn to make their city a better place.
During its five-year run in Los Angeles, the festival received over 700 films submissions from all over the world. The festival screened over 200 films, pairing them with experts who helped lead post-film discussions about the local built environment.
After its second year, the festival took the show on the road by request. Community groups and organizations wanted to use the power of film to help shape their local conversation about the built environment. Since 2013, the New Urbanism Film Festival has exhibited in satellite screenings in over 30 cities around the world, ranging from international hotspots like Shen Zhen and Milan, to smaller domestic cities and towns like Laredo and Oxnard. Each of these satellite screenings has been completely sold out.