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The twelfth AFFR takes place from 7 to 11 October 2020. After the opening film at Theater Rotterdam, the festival moves to LanterenVenster cinema. This year the AFFR will again welcome dozens of international filmmakers and an expected 7500 fans of films, city and architecture from all over the world. 

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Call for Entries

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Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we currently assume that the twelfth edition of AFFR can take place from 7 to 11 October 2020 as intended. We will make a final decision on this in July. Please submit your film about city and architecture before 13 May. In case AFFR 2020 is postponed, we will gladly include your production in the selection procedures for next year.

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Film – City – Architecture

AFFR explores the relationship between film, cities and architecture by programming and screening architecture films and by organizing introductions and debates.

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AFFR History

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) was established in 2000, and the foundation organized its festival the same year as the first architecture film festival in the world. Festivals also took place again in 2001 and 2003. In 2007 AFFR made a fresh start after a few years of silence. In 2009 the event expanded significantly in terms of visitor numbers and programming.

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The people behind the festival

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Press information

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Festival 2020

7 – 11 October 2020: Twelfth edition AFFR

Since the announcement of AFFR 2020 in early March, the world has been hit by turbulent times like never before. But the relaxation of measures makes us hopeful of staging…

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Festival 2020

Call for Entries AFFR 2020

Are you a filmmaker, film producer or film distributor? And have you completed a feature film, documentary, animation film or short about a topical issue related to the city, architecture,…

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After a very successful Film & Architecture Studio in 2019, AFFR and the Independent School for the City are again organizing a four-day course on film and architecture from Wednesday…

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Festival 2019

Look back on AFFR 2019

AFFR attracted a record number of visitors in 2019. Look back with us on five intense days of film, city and architecture in LantarenVenster and Theater Rotterdam. Photos: Sander van…

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Festival 2019

Watch the Meet the Makers Talkshows

During Meet the Makers various filmmakers at the festival discuss the reality of film making, telling stories and the relation between film, city and architecture. Let's look back at the…

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Opening Night 2019
Theater Rotterdam

The Opening Night was a tremendous success. In the big auditorium of Theater Rotterdam almost 800 visitors enjoyed the European premiere of the documentary The Real Thing by Benoit Felici…

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Membership Club Fountainhead

Club Fountainhead is the club for friends of AFFR. Members receive a complimentary ticket to the festive Opening Night 2020. In addition, they enjoy a 30% discount on the price of tickets to the festival. Join Club Fountainhead and become a true friend of AFFR!

  • receive a complimentary ticket to the Opening Night of AFFR 2020
  • receive a club card and the AFFR 2020 programme flyer;
  • get a 30% discount on tickets during AFFR 2020;
  • with your membership you offer a year’s support to AFFR – the world’s biggest film festival about city and architecture.
The Fountainhead (King Vidor, 1949) is considered by many people to be the ultimate architecture film. Based on the 1943 novel by Ayn Rand, the film features Gary Cooper as Howard Roark, an architect convinced of his own genius. Dominique (Patricia Neal) falls for him and his buildings. The film is often the subject of debate on account of Rand’s crypto-fascist ideas and the phallic symbolism of the imagery. Even so, The Fountainhead is an interesting project because of its starring cast, music, camera work and direction. And because of the universal themes of building and urban development that are still as strong today as they were when the film was made, almost 70 years ago. 

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film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
7 to 11 Oct.2020
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