Lost in Transition

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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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Organisation

The people behind the festival

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Press

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Watch film during the Rotterdam Architecture Month

AFFR organizes two atmospheric film nights during the Rotterdam Architecture Month. These evenings are all about current themes in architecture and the city. On May 25, AFFR shows the film Human Shelter by Boris Bertram. It is one of the…
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Festival 2018

Building Happiness

In its tenth edition, the theme of which is ‘Building Happiness’, the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam explored how we can view the side effects of the pursuit of happiness as a challenge to create a better and more sustainable world. What progress have we made with the circular economy and the construction of a climate-neutral city? What scenarios can we devise for a fair and just society? And what role can filmmakers, designers, planners, academics and politicians play in this regard?

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam Explores “Building Happiness” in Historic and Contemporary Design

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The best films of AFFR 2018

Leaning into the Wind; Andy Goldsworthy

The landscape art of Andy Goldsworthy has its own spiritual beauty. A direct translation of our ability or inability to relate to the surrounding landscape. The film intrusively follows the activities of the artist.

Last Days in Shibati

Home to millions, the Chinese metropolis of Chongquing has been almost completely modernized, but one older neighbourhood bravely continues to resist rebuilding.

Planeta Petrila

The coal mine in the Romanian town of Petrila is more than a mine. To the city’s inhabitants, it is their life, their source of income, and the pivotal point of the community.

Family in the bubble

This classic tale of a housing bubble and how it burst is told as a blood-chilling family chronicle. The setting is Seoul, city of millions, population density unparalleled.

Do more with less

A film that touches the foundations of architecture: how to be inspired by limited resources and limited use of materials to create interesting architectural feats.

“Architects can make architecture unnecessarily complicated. What they avoid is simple language. Film helps in that regard.” – Melanie van der Hoorn

film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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