2020 - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

Festival 2022 – Programme

In a world turned upside down, facing enormous challenges and contending with one new reality after another, AFFR 2022 will focus on the need to press pause. Or, in cinematic terms, to freeze the frame.

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All practical information about visiting the AFFR 2022.

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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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Marieke Berkers Interim Director AFFR

Marieke Berkers is to take up the position of interim director of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. On 1 January 2023, she will succeed Joep Mol, who is taking leave as director after twelve years of involvement with the festival.
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Festival 2020

Guilty Architecture

The devastating ecological consequences of global urbanization call on the moral understanding of developers and architects. Can we still build at all without irrevocably damaging the planet? What is the role of architects in a society where the gap between rich and poor is widening by the day and the city is gradually turning into a site of investment speculation? How should we deal with populist leaders who propagate traditional values and classical styles of architecture as expressions of national identity and confidence?AFFR poses the question: how innocent is architecture now?

“Good selection of films and a great location.”

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program guide


Top 5

The best films of AFFR 2020

SPACESHIP EARTH – Matt Wolf, 2020

The compelling story of Biosphere 2, the complex inside which eight idealistic scientists hermetically sealed themselves off from the world for two years in the 1990s.

AALTO – Virpi Suutari, 2020

Rare archival footage and a compelling story. A beautiful and charming biography about Alvar and Aino Aalto, Finnish masters of modernism.

AN ENGINEER IMAGINES – Marcus Robinson, 2018

A filmic ode to Peter Rice, the brilliant engineer responsible for the most iconic buildings of the twentieth century.

HAVANA FROM ON HIGH – Pedro Ruiz, 2019

Pedro Ruiz’s atmospheric documentary Havana, from on High offers a unique look at a city that continues to amaze. How is life celebrated on the rooftops?

INSIDE PRORA – Nico Weber, 2020

On the Baltic coast lies the ‘Monster by the Sea’, the longest building in the world: Prora. A holiday resort built by the Nazis, military base during the GDR era, and now an experimental object for property developers.

“AFFR is a very special festival about architecture, the city and film. What else do you want? The films are diverse, so there’s something for everyone. Already looking forward to next year! “

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023