AFFR edition 2017 - "City For Sale"


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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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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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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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 2017

City For Sale
the city as a commodity

During the ninth AFFR edition, the theme City for Sale was central. The festival zoomed in on the city as a commodity. What are the consequences of international capital flows on society? What about those investment models? The theme was reflected in many films, talk shows and debates.

Opening Night AFFR 2017

The AFFR 2017 opened this edition in Theater Rotterdam location Schouwburgplein. A blistering kick-off with the world premiere of the feel-good film Cholet, the work or Freddy Mamani, Q & A with the maker and a festive after-party in the foyer!

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“My favorite part of the #AFFR2017 : Meet the Makers debate! First hand insight into the thoughts & motivation of the filmmakers!”

Impression of the festival

Talk shows

Meet the Makers

AFFR curator Jord den Hollander and journalist Tracy Metz talk to seven directors about their work.

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program guide


Top 5

The best films of AFFR 2017

What we have made - Fanny Tondre (France)

Filmed in beautiful black and white, What We Have Made shows the choreography of a large construction site.

Dream Empire - David Borenstein (Denmark)

To sell the real estate in the Chinese cities, Yana’s company organizes performances by foreigners. White and black people, without any musical talent, play at openings and viewing nights. Not their music is important, but their skin color.

Samurai Architect - Shigenori Mizuno , Yu Nakamura (Japan)

Tadao Ando’s tranquil, minimalist architecture is an inspiration for many. Not officially trained as an architect, but as a boxer, he gives lessons: you always have to train your creative muscles and always start with the furniture.

Didi Contractor, marrying the earth to the buiklding - Steffi Giaracuni (Germany)

She may be 84 years old, she goes on tirelessly on the path of sustainable architecture. In the past twenty years she has applied her vision on architecture in North-West India, in the Kangra valley, at the foot of the Himalayas.

De Pier - Jeroen Visser (The Netherlands)

With a lot of goodwill and overconfidence the Pier van Scheveningen can be seen as the Coney Island of the Netherlands. Like the Euromast, the Pier was by H.A. Designing Maaskant with no other purpose than recreation. But fifty years later nothing of the great popularity is left.

“With City for Sale, AFFR wants to generate a discussion about an urgent issue of concern to
everybody with a heart for the city.”

Jord den Hollander. Architect, filmmaker and curator of AFFR

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film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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