Building Happiness

The theme of AFFR 2018 is ‘Building Happiness’. We live in a period of economic boom. Construction, development and speculation are in full swing again, and resounding growth rates are the norm. The tourist industry is working at full capacity, bringing millions of tourists to cities with attractive architecture. Yet there is growing recognition that we cannot separate our concept...

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The tenth AFFR takes place from 10 to 14 October 2018. After the opening film, 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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Film submisson AFFR 2018

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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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Register now for Designing Community! #2

Learn about desiging a just and inclusive city. As part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month AIR and AFFR will examine new ways in which community involvement informs urban design, architecture and planning.
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City for Sale

The next Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam takes place at LanterenVenster cinema from 4 to 8 October 2017. This year's festival focuses on the city as a commodity. Under the motto ‘City for Sale’, AFFR will explore the effects of international flows of capital on the composition of the city and its population: buildings as investment models, architecture as a tourist attraction and the city as a revenue model.

City for Sale

The quality of life in the city of the 21st century is under pressure. Urban living is popular, but land for construction is scarce. Urban development is no longer a government responsibility. Global flows of capital find their way to property developments in cities all over the world. Expensive apartments and penthouses for the happy few rise up, generating almost guaranteed profits. While the range of high-priced homes increases, rental accommodation is sold off or let at market rates to expats who can easily afford high rents, or as Airbnb accommodation to tourists who pay exorbitant sums for an authentic city experience. These disruptive dynamics are dividing the city into ghettos for well-educated professionals or low-skilled workers, rich or poor, old or young ‒ groups that rarely meet each other.

What role can architecture play in this modern city? Can architecture bridge such differences? Or is it little more than a concrete symbol of the widening gaps within society?

Through films, debates and conversations, AFFR will explore the roles that architects, urban designers, planners and filmmakers can play, and asks how they can work together to propagate their ideas about the liveable city.

film • city • architecture 10 - 14 Oct. 2018
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