2018 - AFFR

Programme

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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Timetable

Choose from more than 85 films, talk shows and debates.

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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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Information

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

Press information

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A Concrete Cinema (Luz Ruciello, 2017) best rated film AFFR 2019

The film 'A Concrete Cinema' by director Luz Ruciello, was chosen by the audience as the best film of AFFR 2019. The film achieved the highest average score. The film shows the life of Omar, who is a bricklayer by…
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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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Top 5


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 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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