Riprenditi la città

Video Competition
4nd Edition


Following the success of the past editions, AIDI (the Italian Cultural Association of Lighting) organizes and promotes the fourth edition of the International video competition “Riprenditi la città, Riprendi la luce”.
An initiative that aims to disseminate the “culture of light” among the young, to stimulate their awareness of the importance that this element plays in their daily lives, and to learn and understand how they interact, precisely through the light, with the city they live, work, or study in.
The light, the young participants and the cities still are the protagonists of this IV edition. The video will be the instrument through which they will narrate the light: a 60-second film, which can be filmed with portable or mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones, video camera, camera, etc. The cities become the stage of their video shooting and tales, their lit backgrounds, the colourful scenographies through which the young participants will tell their stories, their squares, and their gathering, leisure, meeting, and work places.
A fresh look that, through many 60 second gazes, will not only convey the value of the light in our daily lives, but that will give us the idea of their dreams and hopes, of the image of our cities and, above all, of what their eyes see and communicate.

The very young and the lighting designers
With the single theme LIGHT AND PLACES, this new edition is open to the under 18s, to the under 30s and to young lighting designers under 35. It will thus be interesting to compare the three categories’ works and different approaches, in an even richer and more interesting narrative. In particular, the competition wants to give to the young lighting designers the opportunity to introduce their work and to enhances their visibility.
The competition theme is LIGHT AND PLACES, where places can be either outdoor or interior. The short videos will have to narrate perception of light in the city and its value in the re-enhancement of the urban and social gathering spaces.
The new format of the video contest is divided into three categories: the under 18s, the under 30s, and young lighting designers under 35. All categories will deal on a single theme, LIGHT AND PLACES, and the instrument to be used will always be the 60-second video.



“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old …”
(Franz Kafka)

Light is heritage of those younger too, and AIDI, aware that the culture of light has to start right from the “youngest”, in collaboration with GALDUS, Vocational and educational training center (, opens the competition to the under 18s, by actively involving high schools and professional institutes, in which the light might easily become subject of projects and field of study. Thus, also the kids between 14 and 18 years will become aware of the importance that this element plays in the places they daily visit. 
For the participants of this category, the relationship between light and their school building may be the subject of their videos.

1st place
a 500 euros book voucher and an iPad
2nd place
a 300 euros book voucher and an iPod


“Young men’s love then lies not truly in their hearts, but in their eye…”
(William Shakespeare)

The competition calls on the many young film makers – but not only –, who are increasingly interested in these media, to represent the light, through their own attentive gaze and their sensitivity, in its daily space and time dimensions. They can narrate the  relationship between light and space, both in public spaces of the city and in interiors inserted within an urban context.

1st place
2.000 euros
2nd place
1.200 euros


“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light…”
(Le Corbusier)

Young lighting designers are driven by the passion for their work, but often they do not have the possibility to confront themselves with interesting projects and test their talents. The competition aims to give them an opportunity to introduce their work and to enhances their visibility. Starting from the lighting of a place or from one of its lighting objects or furnishing, the young lighting designers are invited to narrate in their video their project and the several phases that made it.

1st place
2.000 euros


“Showlight”, involving over 500 lighting designers and experts in the show lighting industry from all over the world, will take place at the Florence’s Convention Centre, May 20-23, 2017. Showlight is one of the competition’s partner.


Riprenditi la città – screenshot-video

Special awards

Light and theater
1.000 euro

Light is a key element to help artists during performances both on the street, in the open spaces and in theaters and becomes an integral part of performance and spectacular buildings.

The award is open to those who will know how to interpret the value and charm of light in this type of events.


The association’s mission is to create and disseminate “the culture of light” among the young and the very young, for culture stimulates and is at the very heart of every process for major changes and is the winning key for the individual and professional development in a context like the present one, where It stands out as a competitive value that allows distinction.

The award is open to those who will know how to best interpret the value of education and culture among young people.

Jury special
1.000 euro

It will be awarded the video that received a special mention by the jury for the creativity of the style used in telling the light.

Energy Saving
1.000 euro

It will be awarded the video will play in the most effective and original relationship between light and energy efficiency.



Short films must not exceed 60 seconds length and they can be shot with portable or mobile devices such as: tablets, smartphones, video camera, digital camera, etc…
Participation is free, either individually or in group (no more than three components, for which a group leader must be indicated).


December 13, 2016: Presentation press conference at the Triennale di Milano

April 21, 2017: closing of the competition

May 21, 2017: Award ceremony  in Florence, in the beautiful and charming Palazzo Vecchio