2011 - AFFR


We are proud to present to you the eleventh edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. Once again our editors — assisted by a team of critical viewers — have scouted and selected a range of films about the city and architecture, and gathered them into an exciting programme. It includes portraits of well-known or lesser-known designers, activist essays about pressing problems, hilarious reflections on bygone times, and tranquil scenes of great beauty.  ...

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By the end of August we will anounce the timetable

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Opening Night 2019

On Wednesday 9 October, AFFR kicks off its eleventh edition with the European premiere of The Real Thing (Benoit Felici, 2018). From London’s Tower Bridge in China, Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Ivory Coast, Benoit Felici has filmed life-size replica’s of iconic architecture around the world focusing on the role of authenticity and the results of globalization. The screening will...

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Ticket sale

Tickets for AFFR 2019 are now on sale.

At AFFR you can buy individual tickets for all films of the festival every day. With a Festival pass you can watch all films at the festival, including the opening night in Theater Rotterdam. If you want to spend a whole day without having to choose, buy an Architectenweb Best or AFFR-pass with...

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Lost in Transition

Enormous population growth, climate change, mass migration and increasing social inequality; the world is currently in a state of great flux. Insecurity is becoming paramount to our concerns now that new global forces arise, the power of populist movements is growing and pressure mounts on the European project. With the theme ‘Lost in Transition’ AFFR 2019 explores the need for...

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The eleventh AFFR takes place from 9 to 13 October 2019. 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 – 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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Ticket sales AFFR 2019 have started

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam is the world’s biggest international platform for films about the city and architecture. In this eleventh edition, the festival is once again programming a stunning selection of works about current themes related to society and…
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Festival 2011

Think Big, Act Small
On classic glamour architecture and do-it-yourself initiatives.

Architectural history is full of utopias and designs aimed at changing the world. The programme featured films about big architects and their dreams, and about the growth of metropolises, gathered under the label 'Think Big'. As a programmatic counterpart, 'Act Small' focused on small initiatives that try to break down large structures, and solitary individuals who go it alone. Particularly in times of economic stagnation, we must explore paths that are smaller: the architecture of the interval.

Aftermovie 2011

Het Rotterdamse LantarenVenster vormde het gedroomde decor voor AFFR. De allure van het gebouw van Álvaro Siza, maar ook de omringende hoogbouw op de Wilhelminapier, droegen bij aan de sfeer van een architectuurfestival op hoog niveau. Veel toonaangevende architecten en bouwmeesters waren tijdens het festival prominent aanwezig in film, debat of gewoon als het publiek.

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that was a great meeting with @inspiringcities. Great things coming up: #AFFR #10x10x10, #soulvisit to east LND & more


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Talkshow with Andres Rubio

Jord den Hollander praat met Andres Rubio over zijn film The Freaky Story of The Funky Skyscraper.

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program guide


Top 5

The best films of AFFR 2011

Mission Statements

In 1991 besloot het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken om Nederlandse architectuur in het buitenland te promoten. Over de hele wereld werden door Nederlandse architecten nieuwe ambassades ontworpen.

How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?

De brug in Millau, vliegveld Chek Lap Kok of the Gherkin in London, het zijn Norman Foster’s odes aan de technologie.

Lost Town

Door kusterosie is in de loop der tijden een deel van het dorp weggevaagd en het overblijvende deel is ook niet goed beschermd.

Eye Above Prague

Dramatische ontwikkelingen in Praag. Jan Kaplicky (Londonse bureau Future Systems) wint de prijsvraag van de Nationale Bibliotheek met een wulps ontwerp.

Medianeras (Side Walls)

Martin is fobisch en woont in een geïsoleerde wereld van zijn eenkamer appartement en online virtual reality.

“The consequences of a worldwide crisis are also becoming increasingly apparent for architecture and urban development. While in Europe we agonise over the possible consequences of shrinkage, elsewhere in the world the staggering effects of mushrooming cities are manifest.”

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film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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