Architectuur Film Festival • 5 - 9 Okt 2022
9–13 Oct 2024
film • stad • architectuur

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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Learn more about the people behind the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

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Postal and visiting address, contact details

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Call for Entries - AFFR
Festival 2024

Call for Entries

The Call for Entries for AFFR 2024 is now open, you can submit your film for selection until Monday 13 May!

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Save the Date for AFFR 2024:<br>9 – 13 October - AFFR
Festival 2024

Save the Date for AFFR 2024:
9 – 13 October

Preparations for the next edition of AFFR have already started, mark the dates on your calendar: 9 - 13 October 2024. See you then!

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Recap #5: Highlights and winners<br>on the final day of AFFR 2023 - AFFR
Festival 2023

Recap #5: Highlights and winners
on the final day of AFFR 2023

The final day of the best-attended edition of AFFR so far was one of highlights: not only did we screen the Architectenweb Best of AFFR, but the Audience Award winner,…

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Herman van Dongen<br>new festival director AFFR - AFFR

Herman van Dongen
new festival director AFFR

'Sometimes the things you like best come together at unexpected moments: Film, Architecture and the City.’

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Recap #4: Mumbai, Japan and Monument Valley - AFFR
Festival 2023

Recap #4: Mumbai, Japan and Monument Valley

Saturday at AFFR we traveled around the world: Rohan Shivkumar took us on a trip around Mumbai in film, Martin Koolhoven showed us Monument Valley as the background for his…

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The last farm of Amsterdam wins the AFFR Audience Award 2023 - AFFR

The last farm of Amsterdam wins the AFFR Audience Award 2023

After each screening, we asked our visitors for their opinion of the film with the celebrated AFFR tear-off card. A convincing majority chose The last farm of Amsterdam by Bart…

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Recap #3: debates, bus stops and the big brutal pubquiz<br>– all at AFFR - AFFR
Festival 2023

Recap #3: debates, bus stops and the big brutal pubquiz
– all at AFFR

Yesterday we had a fully packed programme at LantarenVenster. Marjan Slob and Susan Schuppli joined us for debates about Contested Space and Forensic Architecture, we looked at Modernism in all…

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Programme themes 2023:<br>Indian Nights, Trash<br>and Radical Times - AFFR
Festival 2023

Programme themes 2023:
Indian Nights, Trash
and Radical Times

In 2023, AFFR will again present a number of programme themes that tie in with the festival's main theme - Contested Space - such as a series of films about…

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Recap #2: Rem Koolhaas,<br>radical housing and the<br>Young Architect – then and now - AFFR
Festival 2023

Recap #2: Rem Koolhaas,
radical housing and the
Young Architect – then and now

Yesterday we had a fully packed programme at LantarenVenster! Rem Koolhaas gave a unique insight in his way of working with his Q&A for Point or Origin, the BNA, BNI…

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Intermediate results<br>AFFR Audience Award 2023 - AFFR

Intermediate results
AFFR Audience Award 2023

Who’s taking home our audience award this year? Let’s take a look at the current top 5:

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Recap #1: Opening Night - AFFR
Festival 2023

Recap #1: Opening Night

Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming a full house to Theater Zuidplein for our festive Opening Night. In the coming days we have a packed programme with premieres, debates…

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Architects in the picture at AFFR - AFFR

Architects in the picture at AFFR

As every year, AFFR will again show a series of architect portraits in 2023, from CIAM founder Sven Markelius to Eliot Noyes - the man who introduced corporate identity to…

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Look back

Past edition

Festival 2023

Contested Space

The space we share with one another is increasingly a source of conflict. Over the past decade, our increasing and often conflicting claims on space have made disputes more intense and more urgent, widening the gap between the haves and de have-nots. That is why the AFFR programme this year highlights the theme of Contested Space.

”Excellent program, excellent talks, excellent atmosphere.”

AFFR 2023 in the picture

program guide


Top 5

The best films of AFFR 2023

The last farm of Amsterdam - Bart Melief, 2023

The closure of De Boterbloem, an organic care farm, provokes protests. Located in a small polder exactly between Schiphol and Amsterdam, in a landscape under pressure because of the needs of distribution centres – pressure that has been increasing for years.

All that Breathes - Shaunak Sen, 2022

Two brothers concern themselves with the fate of black kites, birds that can scarcely survive in the heavily populated Delhi. Their improvised animal shelter is an oasis of hope in a suffocating metropolis.

The Cathedral - Denis Dobrovoda, 2022

For 70 years, Justo Gallego worked on the construction of a cathedral of epic proportions – without drawings, without any knowledge of building technology, and almost without any money. When he died in 2021 at the age of 96, he left behind an astonishing building. A film about hope and determination.

Skin of Glass - Denise Zmekhol, 2023

The dramatic fate of a modernist office tower in Sao Paulo, affectionately called Skin of Glass, occupied today by hundreds of families, like a vertical favela. Filmmaker Zmekhol, daughter of the architect, made a compelling personal film about design passion, loss, social inequality and a massive building boom.

Granddad and the Pier - Reuben Armstrong, 2023

The 87-year-old grandfather of filmmaker Reuben Armstrong campaigns to save an historical pier that constitutes the memory of the Isle of Man. A moving film about a passionate man who wins over the population with his charm and persuasiveness.

“A very impressive edition! I especially liked that almost all the films had an introduction or Q&A – often from very prominent figures from the field.”

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film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2024
9 to 13 Oct.2024