2023,November 24 – 2024, May 5, Basel, Switzerland

Our documentary film The Competition will be part of the group exhibition WHAT IF at the S AM Swiss Architecture Museum between 25.11.2023 – 05.05.2024, in Basel.  The opening will take place on 24/11/2023, 7 PM. Further details on S AM website.

What If

Lost, rejected, stalled or changed… There is a vast number of architectural designs that continue to be talked about in Switzerland, even though they have never been built. The S AM takes a look back at them and constructs a utopian-dystopian image of what Switzerland could have been.

The exhibition is conceived in dialogue with:
Architektur Forum Ostschweiz, Architekturforum Biel / Forum de l’architecture Bienne, Architekturforum im Touringhaus Solothurn, Architekturforum Obersee, Architekturforum Thun, Architekturforum Zürich, ArchitekturForumBern, Archives de la construction moderne (Acm) und Archizoom, Archivio del Moderno, BauForumZug, Das Gelbe Haus, FAR Forum d’Architectures, Forum Architektur Winterthur, Glarner Architekturforum, gta Exhibitions, Istituto Internazionale di Architettura (i2a), Fondation Pavillon Sicli, Schaffhauser Architektur Forum, Teatro dell’architettura, ZAZ Bellerive – Zentrum Architektur Zürich.

With projects from:
Architekturforum Obersee; Mario Botta; Martin H. Burckhardt; Caruso St John, Thomas Demand; Consiglio di Stato della Repubblica e Cantone Ticino; Aurelio Galfetti, Jachen Könz; Godfrey Grima, George Grima, André Bornet; Herzog & de Meuron; Kantonsingenieur des Kantons Zug; Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret; Hans Leuzinger; P.M.; Morphosis; Jean Nouvel, Emmanuel Cattani; Luigi Snozzi, Bruno Jenni; Tiefbauamt des Kantons Bern, Stadtplanung der Stadt Biel; Bernard Tschumi, Luca Merlini; Jean Tschumi; Werner Stücheli, Jørn Utzon.

The Competition (2013), Angel Borrego Cubero. With Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel, Dominique Perrault.

Source of the description: S AM Website

2024, April 27, Oslo, Norway

On the 27th of April, 2024, Oslo: screening of the documentary «The Competition» at Frogner Kino, within the program of the 120H, «the world’s largest architectural competition for students by students«.

The screening will start at 15:00h and it will be followed by a screen talk.

Book your seat HERE.

2023, October 30, Madrid, Spain

A screening of «The Competition» will be presented at the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid COAM (Madrid Architects Association) on Monday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the presentation of issue #386 of the magazine ARQUITECTURA.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Angel Borrego Cubero, architect and filmmaker; Luis Rojo, architect and guest editor of the issue; Silvia Muñoz, architect and co-director of the magazine; and Zafra Remedios, researcher at the CSIC Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas and author of the book «“El entusiasmo. Precariedad y trabajo creativo en la era digital» which won the Anagrama Essay Prize in 2017.

2023, October 19, Erfurt, Germany

Screening of «The Competition» on the 19th October, 16:20h, at the Architektur Filmtage Erfurt 2023, hosted by the School of Architecture FHE of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt. All details HERE.

2022, April 22, Zaanstad, The Netherlands

On April 22, 2022, 19h, screening of «The Competition» at the Filmtheater De Fabriek, organized by Babel Architectuurplatform. All details and tickets HERE.

2022, February 24, Mons, Belgium

On the 24th of February, 2022, in Mons, Belgium, there will be several screenings at Plaza Arthouse Cinema plus a lecture by Ángel Borrego Cubero, organized by the Faculté d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme de l’Université de Mons, l’Ordre des Architectes de la Province de Hainaut and Plaza Arthouse. All details HERE.

2021, November 17, Luxembourg

On the 17th of November 2021, at 19h, in Luxembourg, screening of The Competition, at Rotondes. Free admission. A screening organized by WAA (Julie Marthe Hoffmann, Étienne Duval, Lukas Held). All details HERE.

2021, October 29, Besançon, France

On October 29th, 2020, at 20:00h, in Besançon (FR), screening of The Competition at Maison de l’Architecture de France – Compté. Free entrance. All details HERE.

2020, October 17, Lille, France

The Competition is going to be shown at the 8th Braderie de l’Architecture de Lille, on 17th October. All details on their Facebook event here.

2020, October 16, Poitiers, France

On 16th October, in Poitiers (FR), screening of The Competition at Cinéma TAP Castille, organized by La Maison d’architecture de Poitiers. All  details HERE.

2020, February 15, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

On the 15th of February, 2020, 9PM, in Kuala Lumpur, screening of The Competition at President’s Hall, PAM Centre within Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival 2020. All details HERE.

2019, December 14, Tijuana, Mexico

On the 14th of December 2019, at 20:30h, screening of «The Competition» in Tijuana, Mexico at Cine Tonalá Tijuana. Infos HERE.

2019, October 31, Bilbao, Spain

October 31, 19h, in Bilbao, screening of The Competition at the Salón de Actos of the COAVN. More the COAVN facebook page.

2019, October 17, Lund, Sweden

The first public screening in Sweden is going to be held on October 17th, 2019 at 20:00h, in Lund within the 10th International Architecture Film Festival. Details about schedule and tickets HERE.

2019, August 2, Pune, India

On August 2, 2019, at the National Film Archive of India, in Pune, there will be one public screening organized by India House Art Gallery, within the 2nd International Film Festival on Architecture & Urbanism. Check this website for details.

2019, July 29, Bologna, Italy

July 29, 20:30h in Bologna, Italy: screening of The Competition at Le Serre dei Giardini Margherita. Organized by Ordine Architetti Bologna in collaboration with Kilowatt. All details HERE.

2019, June 12, Arnhem, The Netherlands

On June 12, 19h, in Arnhem, The Netherlands, there will be one screening of `The Competition´ within the Arnhem Architecture Film Festival 2019.

2019, May 9, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

On May 9, 7:45, screening of `The Competition ´in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada within the Design Film Series hosted by Young Architects of Hamilton (YAH), sponsored by Their + Curran Architects. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

2019, April 25, Royan, France

On April 25, 2019, at 18:30h, in Royan, France, there will be one public screening hosted by La Ville de Royan at Salle Jean Gabin (112 rue Gambetta) within le Mois de l’Architecture 2019. All details HERE.

2019, April 15, Montpellier, France

On April 15, 2019, in Montepellier, there is one public screening for students and faculty of l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Montpellier ENSAM. The screening is organized by ARPAL – Association pour la Recherche et la Promotion de l’Architecture en Languedoc.

2019, April 12, Canberra, Australia

On April 12, 18:30h, screening of The Competition hosted by the University of Canberra Student Architecture Society at Palace Cinemas (Electric, ACT). All details and tickets HERE.

2019, March 21, Charlotte, NC, USA

On March 21, 6PM, screening of «The Competition» at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina within the series «Modernism + Film». Tickets available HERE.

2018, December 7, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Screening of «The Competition» in Buenos Aires, organized by CPAU | Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. Free entrance but it needs registration. All details HERE.

2018, November 15, Clermont Ferrand, France

On November 15, 2018, in Clermont Ferrand, France, a screening of «The Competition» at Cinéma Le Rio.Soon, more details HERE.

October 22, 2018, Pau, France

Screening of «The Competition» on October 22, 2018, 20:00h, in Pau,France at Cinéma Le Méliès, organized in partnership with Le Pavillon d’Architecture de Pau and supported by Equitone. The screening is followed by a debate with architects Nathalie Larradet, Patrick Arrotcharen, Julien Camborde, Alexandre Lacaze. All details HERE.

October 21, 2018, Shanghai, China

For the first time in continental China, a screening of «The Competition», for AIA Members only!!: It will be on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 3 PM, in Shanghai, at Shanghai Study Center, The University of Hong Kong. The screening is followed by a discussion with director Angel Borrego Cubero. With English and Chinese subtitles. Attendance requires registration HERE.

October 20, 2018, Hong Kong

On October 20, 2:30 PM, at Miller Theater, only for AIA Hong Kong A Chapter of The American Institute of Architects members, within their Annual Meeting, a screening of «The Competition» followed by a sharing session with director Angel Borrego Cubero. The event is hosted by TECE GmBH and venue partner Asia Society Hong Kong Center. In order to attend the event, registration is needed and seating is limited. All details HERE.

2018, October 13, Miami, USA

On October 13, at Coral Gables Art Cinema,  the Miami Center for Architecture and Design will host a screening of «The Competition», followed by a screen talk with the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero. within the Inaugural Architecture Film Festival «Architecture on Film».

2018, October 10, Colmar, France

On October 10th 2018, 18:00h, screening of The Competition in Colmar, France at Auditorium du Pôle Media Culture (1, rue de la Montagne Verte),  organized by the cultural association Lézard. Free entrance.

2018, October 4, Hanoi, Vietnam

After the screening in Ho Chi Minh City, a second screening in Vietnam, in Hanoi. It will be held on October 4, from 16h – 20h30 at Star Galaxy Theater – 87 Lang Ha, Ba Dinh.

The screening is followed by a panel and a discussion with the filmmaker Angel Borrego Cubero and the film is subtitled in Vietnamese.

You can register HERE.

2018, SEPTEMBER 28, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

For the first time ever in Vietnam, two public screenings of The Competition: On September 28, from 17h – 20h10 at Ben Thanh Theater – No 6 Mac Dinh Chi, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 and in Hanoi, on October 4, from 16h – 20h30 at Star Galaxy Theater – 87 Lang Ha, Ba Dinh.

Each of the two screenings is followed by a panel and a discussion with the filmmaker Angel Borrego Cubero and the film is subtitled in Vietnamese.

You can register HERE.

2018, SEPTEMBER 20, Tirana, Albania

On September 20, 21:30h, in Tirana, at Tulla Nouvelle Terrace, there will be one screening of The Competition, en event promoted by Tirana Architecture Week (TAW) 2018, a biannual event organized by POLIS University in collaboration with Future Architecture Platform. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Angel Borrego Cubero.


On July 12nd 2018, in Klaipeda, Lithuania, screening of The Competition hosted by Lietuvos architektų sąjunga / Architects Association of Lithuania. All details HERE.


On June 8, 2018, 5:30 PM, screening of The Competition at The University of Hong Kong (HKU) – Faculty of Architecture. The screening will be followed by an open floor Q&A with the director, Ángel Borrego Cubero

2018, June 8, Graz, Austria

On June 8, 2018, 13:30h, screening of The Competition in Austria at Haus das Architektur (HDA) in Graz, within Architekturtage 2018.


Vilnius, April 26, 16:15h: first time ever in Lithuania, a public screening of The Competition within the Lithuania Architects Association Annual Meeting. All the details here.

2018, January 25, Cardiff, UK

You can book your seat for the screening of The Competition hosted by Design Circle RSAW South, at 10 Feet Tall (11A-12 Church Street), in Cardiff, UK. All details and tickets HERE.


Jeudi 25 janvier à 20h30, au Cinéma UTOPIA Saint-Siméon, Projection du film «The competition», organisée par Le 308 – Maison de l’Architecture, au Cinéma UTOPIA Saint-Siméon à Bordeaux. Elle sera suivie d’un échange avec des architectes (sous réserve).

2018, January 24, Thun, Switzerland

On January 24, 2018, 18:30h, screening of «The Competition» at Kino Rex in Thun.


On November 17, 2017, screening of «The Competition» at the Ciné Archi, 17e Rencontres Internationales d’Annecy Cinéma et Architecture, organized by la Maison de l’Architecture de Haute Savoie. The Competition is part of the «Révéler» theme of the Festival which starts at 20:30h. See the full program here. The film will be Original Version with French subtitles.

2017, OCTOBER 15, Melbourne, Australia

«The Competition» will close ArchiFlix Melbourne 2017 (October 12 -15) with one session on Sunday, October 15, 6:30PM.

2017, October 3, Prague, Czech Republic

On October 3, 2017, at Prague there will be one screening of «The Competition» within the Festival Film a architektura. The screening is a first one in the Czech Republic and will be followed by a screen talk with the filmmaker, Angel Borrego Cubero. Stay tuned for updates.


In order to gain better insight into the current situation, Architectuur Lokaal has commissioned A10 new European architecture Cooperative to collect data in 15 of the 17 surveyed countries in Europe. The results will be presented during a two-day International Conference Competition Culture in Europe in Amsterdam on September 28 and 29, 2017. The conference will mark the start of a four-year program on competition culture in Europe.

Ángel Borrego Cubero, author of «The Competition» is one of the guests at the Conference and, on September 29, he will show and discuss the film during a private screening.


Screening of The Competition at the Architects Association from Valencia (Colegio Territorial de Arquitectos de Valencia – CTAV), on Tuesday, July 25, 20:00h.

2017, JULY 3, LONDON, UK

Fab Film Night, Monday, July 3rd, 18:00 – 22:00
Screening of ‘The Competition’ in the Regent Street Cinema, only for FAB FEST ’17 – Intl Fabrication Festival participants and guests. Book on FABFEST.London


Screening of The Competition on June 15, 2017, at 18:30h, at Forest Café, rue de la Chappelle, Barry, organized by La Maison de l’Architecture de Guadeloupe (MAG). With French subtitles.


At 19:30h, screening at Schlosskino Rapperswil, organized by the Architekturforum Obersee


20:00h, public screening of The Competition, hosted by l’Institut National de Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg – INSA, at Amphi de Deitrich. Free entrance.


at Hong Kong Design Institute, at 19H, screening of The Competition followed by a Q&A with Ángel Borrego Cubero, Architect and director of the documentary. This is the first time the film is shown in China.


at Space Culturel Bonne Fontaine, the screening takes place within Ciné d’Archi 2017, organized every year by La Miroiterie.

2017, March 26 & 28, Bangkok, THAILAND

March 26, at 12:15 and March 28, at 15:00h, both at L’ Alliance Française de Bangkok within «Movies On Design 2017», the annual Documentary Film Festival curated by art4d. The screening on March 26 will be followed by a Creative Talk with Ángel Borrego Cubero (director The Competition) and Gaston Tolila (Principal Tolila + Gilliland and one of The Competition protagonists). A second screening will be held on March 28, at 15:00h. All details HERE.


Screening hosted by the De Loeiende Koe (Students Association), at The Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, within the Design Week at the 200 Years Anniversary of Ghent University.


12:30H, at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Normandie (ENSAN), venue Le Gran Amphithéâtre de l’ENSAN. Free entrance

2017, FEBRUARY 17, SPAIN, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

18:30h, Salón de Actos, Colegio de Arquitectos de Tenerife. Screening followed by discussion about competitions of architecture. Access is free but previous registration must be confirmed at:


19H, at Cultural Centre Zamek, hosted by SARP Poznan (Architects Association Poznan)

2017, February 9, Valencia, Spain

Starting 16:30h, at the Architecture School from Valencia (ETSAV – UPM). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero. The event is curated by Grupo Síndrome de Estocolmo with the support of the Architecture Students Association (DAETSA). For details go here.

2017, January, 21, Tournai, Belgium

Jan 21, 9:00h, in Belgium, you can watch TheCompetition and discuss it with the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero at Tournai Ramdam Festival, Le Festival du Film que Dérange. This is a special screening organised by the Western Hainaut within l’Atelier d’ Architecture. The film will be subtitled to French. Book your seat here.


On November 3, 18:30h, at Bezalel University – Architecture Dept, the screening will be open air in the garden, free but limited admittance and it will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and architect, Ángel Borrego Cubero. More details here.

2016, October 27, Leeds, UK

19h, at Leeds Beckett University within the 6th Intl. Conference on Competitions (ICC). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero. Keynote speakers confirmed so far at the ICC are: Eva Franch i Gilabert, Storefront for Art and Architecture, USA; Kristian Kreiner, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Aymone Nicolas, Ecoterre, France; Jeremy Till, University of the Arts London, UK


19:00h, at HERON ARTS (7, Heron St.). You may want to join the Facebook event.

2016, October 10, Bremen, Germany

Screening at City46 Bremen, hosted by School of Architecture Bremen (Hochschule Bremen)


For the 1st time in Brazil, The Competition is going to be shown at Mostra Arq.Futuro A Cidade e o Cinema. There will be 2 screenings, both followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero: in Rio de Janeiro, at Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Botafogo, on Sept 29th, 19:30h; and in Sao Paulo at Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Augusta, on October 1st.

2016, September 29, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For the 1st time in Brazil, The Competition is going to be shown at Mostra Arq.Futuro A Cidade e o Cinema. There will be 2 screenings, both followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero: in Rio de Janeiro, at Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Botafogo, on Sept 29th, 19:30h; and in Sao Paulo at Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Augusta, on October 1st.

2016, May 31, Braunschweig, Germany

18:30h, Technische Universität Braunschweig. All details here.

2016, May 17, Riga, Latvia

19h, at Splendid Palace, within the Latvian Architecture Week. This is the first screening of The Competition in Latvia and it will be attended by the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero, who will discuss the film with the audience. All details and tickets here.

2016, April, 24, Poland, Warsaw

LATER EDIT: The event has been canceled by the organizer because the dates of Beton FF have been posponed to a later time frame. An event hosted by BETON Film Festival and powered by KAMJZ Architects. The screening will be attended by the filmmaker, Ángel Borrego Cubero, for a screen talk with the audience, and Maciej Jakub Zawadzki, director of KAMJZ architects who worked previously on multiple international competitions in renown offices like BIG from Copenhagen and MVRDV in Rotterdam. Stay tuned for updates! By the way, BETON FF’s call for submission is currently open until April 1st, so, if you’ve made a film not longer than 30 minutes about architecture, city, landscape, art or any other space related subject, submit here.

2016, April 19, USA, Iowa, Ames

College of Design, Iowa State University, 7PM-9PM, in Kocimski Auditorium, 0101 Design

2016, April 13, Mexico DF, Mexico

Screening at Teatro Carlos Lazo, Facultad de Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, on April 13, at 13h. Organized by Buro Verde Arquitectos

2016, March 30, 18:30h, Switzerland, St. Gallen

Cinema Kinok – Cinema in der Lokremise in St. Gallen. All details here.

2016, March, 23, 7PM, USA, Phoenix

Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202, N, 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ. At 7 pm (door at 6:30 pm). Tickets 8$ advance on-line; 12 $ at door; 10 $ students at door. Organized by No Festival Required. All details here.

2016, March, 22, 20h, Switzerland, St. Gallen

Cinema Kinok – Cinema in der Lokremise in St. Gallen. Discussion with Werner Binotto, Kantonsbaumeister St.Gallen and Erol Doguoglu, Kantonsbaumeister Thurgau. Moderation: Hansueli Rechsteiner, Stadtbaumeister St.Gallen. A second screening is held on March 30. All details here.

2016, March, 17, France, Paris

École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Malaquais. More details soon.

2016, March 17, 19h, France, Paris

École Spéciale d’Architecture de Paris (ESA), 254, Boulevard Raspail, t +33 (0)1 40 47 40 47, Amphi cinéma, Free entrance.
Hosted by Gaston Tolila. Details here.

2016, February 23, Spain, Logroño

Filmoteca Rafael de Azcona, Calle del Politico Calvo Sotelo 11. Details here

2016, February 4, USA, Washington D.C.

HKS Offices, Street NWSuite 600. Private screening

2016, January 26, Germany, Hildesheim

Kellerkino, 17:45h and 20:30h

2016, January 12, France, Paris

École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris Val de Seine, Amphi 310, 19h, Free entrance
Screening of The Competition + lecture by Ángel Borrego Cubero

2015, December, Austria, Dornbirn


2015, December, USA, Portland, Maine

Space Gallery

2015, December, Denmark, Aarhus

Aarhus School of Architecture

2015, December, Belgium, Brussels


2015, November, Italy, Naples

Artecinema’15 – Intl Film Festival on Contemporary Art

2015, November, Switzerland, Lausanne

Archizoom, EPFL

2015, October, Switzerland, Génève


2015, October, Switzerland première, Chur


2015, October, UK, London

Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London

2015, October, UK, London

The Commone

2015, September, Africa première, Johannesburg

Student Architecture Festival, University of Johannesburg

2015, September, Spain, Barcelone

Ecumenopolis – Colegio de Arquitectos de Catalunya

2015, September, USA, Texas

The Contemporary Austin

2015, September, Mexico première, México DF

Foro Ángel Peralta

2015, August, Germany, Starnberg & Herrsching

Fünf Seen Film Festival’15

2015, July, USA, Florida, Boca Raton

AIA Florida Convention

2015, July, USA, Tacoma

Gran Cinema Tacoma, AIA SouthWest Washington

2015, July, Spain, Oviedo

Festival Internacional de Cine y Arquitectura – FICARQ’15

2015, June, Germany, Freiburg

Kino Harmonie

2015, June, The Netherlands, Arnhem

Forum Filmtheater

2015, June, The Netherlands, Deventer

Filmhuis De Keizer

2015, June, Spain, Barcelone

Filmoteca de Catalunya, Series, Arqu[IN]film ArquinFad

2015, May, Spain, Pamplona

Filmoteca de Navarra, Series Arquitectura de Cine COAVNA

2015, May, Poland première

Poznan Design Days

2015, April, The Netherlands

NatLab Eindhoven

2015, April, USA première, New York City

Anthology Film Archives

2015, March, Canada, Montréal

Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA)

2015, March, Canada, Regina

Regina Design Advocates

2015, February, Spain, Murcia

Filmoteca de Murcia

2015, February, Canada

Cinemathèque, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

2015, January, Germany, Aachen

Universidad de Aachen (RTWH)