2021 - 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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Visitor info

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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Learn more about the people behind the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam

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  • Funds & sponsors AFFR is supported in content and funding by a large group of loyal fans united in Club Fountainhead, by a broad business network - the King Kong business club, and by a large number of funds, sponsors and partners. Read more
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  • Call for Entries Are you a filmmaker, film producer or film distributor? And have you completed a feature film, documentary, animation film or short? Read more


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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 2021

More Than Houses

AFFR turns its attention to the huge challenge to build homes all over the world. The United Nations has calculated that over two billion homes need to be built this century; in the Netherlands alone, the target for the next decade is to build one million new houses.

“I think the documentaries are very well chosen. I especially find the panel discussions, Q&A and talks of great added value.”

AFFR 2021 in pictures

program guide


Top 5

The best films of AFFR 2021

VENICE ELSEWHERE - Elia Romanelli, 2021

The dream as the ultimate escape in a divided and globalized world. A longing for the city slowing sinking under the weight of tourists and water: Venice.

CHARLOTTE PERRIAND - Stéphane Ghez, 2019

A revealing portrait of designer and free thinker Charlotte Perriand, one of the most distinctive designers of the 20th century.

SPEER GOES TO HOLLYWOOD - Vanessa Lapa, 2020

Rare archival footage and a wonderful story make Speer Goes to Hollywood just as fascinating and dubious as the Nazi architect himself.

EPICENTRO - Hubert Suaper, 2020

Hubert Sauper, the prize-winning documentary maker of Darwin’s Nightmare, returns with a fascinating look at the history of Cuba based on the films shot there.

BUILDING BASTILLE - Leif Kaldor, 2021

The Canadian architect Carlos Ott was 35 years old with little building experience when in 1982 he won the biggest competition of the time: the design of the new Paris opera house.

“Nice variety of movies, nice to have an introduction and Q&A afterwards and it’s very cozy in the foyer.”

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023