Los Angeles, Nov 12, 2013–The inaugural New Urbanism Film Festival concluded Sunday with awards given in six categories.

“We are proud to present awards in six different categories, because we wanted to represent the many facets of New Urbanism,” said festival co-founder Joel Karahadian.  “All of the short films in this year’s festival were inspiring.  Every audience left with a new vision for their community.”

The top prize, the Congress for the New Urbanism Best of Fest 2013 Award, went to “SagaCity” a 16 minute animated short from Vivre En Ville based in Quebec, CA.  “SagaCity” is tale of hypothetical town Colvert, which sought to solve pollution, traffic, environmental concerns, and quality of life issues by reimagining their town layout.

“The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is honored to partner with this groundbreaking, provocative, and important new film festival on the cultural landscape,“ said CNU board member, and award presenter, Dr. Chris Elisara.  “As New Urbanists” Elisara elaborated, “we know many wonderful stories behind the making of great livable cities, towns, neighborhoods, and streets, now everyone has the opportunity to experience some of those stories on the big screen at this incredible film festival! “

2013 Awards

Best of Fest:Saga City” by Vivre En Ville


Best Urban Design Short Film: “Seaside, City of Ideas” by First + Main

Best Tactical Urbanism Short Film:Borrowed Light” by Olivia Huynh

Best Bicycle Short Film: “Heart and Soul” by Vancouver Cycle Chic

Best Healthy Cities Short Film: “Transitions Mar Vista” by Stephon Litwinczuk

Emerging Ideas Award: The Urban Conga

“We are proud to be the first to receive the Best of Fest award at the inaugural New Urbanism Film Festival,” stated Christian Savard, credited with the concept for “SagaCity.”  Savard continued, “We believe that the ideas brought forth by our movie and by the New Urbanism Film Festival are fundamental for the future of our cities and towns”

Upon receiving the award for Healthy Cities Short Film, Stephon Litwinczuk commented “It’s inspiring to be able to show that even with L.A.’s bad rep for pollution, there is a lot of positive transformation going on in our own back and front yards!” 

For photographs and a complete listing of awards and honorable mentions, please visit the festival’s website.

About New Urbanism Film Festival

The first film festival all about urban planning, The New Urbanism Film Festival seeks to bring the conversation of urban design beyond the textbook, out of the council chambers, and onto the big screen.  The public was invited to four days of film screenings on topics ranging from architecture to public health.  The best short films of the fest will be screened at the 22nd Annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Buffalo, NY, June 2014


About Congress for the New Urbanism

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. For over twenty years, CNU members have used the principles in CNU’s Charter to promote the hallmarks of New Urbanism, including:

  • Livable streets arranged in compact, walkable blocks.
  • A range of housing choices to serve people of diverse ages and income levels.
  • Schools, stores and other nearby destinations reachable by walking, bicycling or transit service.
  • An affirming, human-scaled public realm where appropriately designed buildings define and enliven streets and other public spaces.

With a history of forming productive alliances, CNU has been at the forefront of efforts to reform how we design and build communities and their infrastructure.


Press Contacts

For the New Urbanism Film Festival

Josh Paget

Festival Director


For the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)

Tim Halbur, CNU Communications Director

Ph: (312) 551-7300 x 12

Cell: (415) 948-1398