AFFR 2018 Opening Night: SOLD OUT - AFFR


The twelfth AFFR takes place from 7 to 11 October 2020. After the opening film at Theater Rotterdam, 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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Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we currently assume that the twelfth edition of AFFR can take place from 7 to 11 October 2020 as intended. We will make a final decision on this in July. Please submit your film about city and architecture before 13 May. In case AFFR 2020 is postponed, we will gladly include your production in the selection procedures for next year.

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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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AFFR 2018 Opening Night: SOLD OUT

On Wednesday 10 October, AFFR kicks off its tenth edition with the European premiere of The Experimental City (Chad Freidrichs, 2017), a stunning documentary about The Minnesota Experimental City. A fascinating journey through time in search of the city of the future. Filled with attention-grabbing science fiction from the 1960s, this film seems more relevant than ever. And perfectly in sync with the AFFR 2018 theme Building Happiness. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the maker, and of course drinks and music to celebrate our jubilee edition. TICKETS FOR THE OPENING NIGHT ARE SOLD OUT; RERUNS OF THE EXPERIMENTAL CITY: SATURDAY 22.30 AND SUNDAY 16.30.

20h00: doors open at Hofplein Theater – Benthemplein 13
20h30: Opening AFFR 2018 European premiere of The Experimental City and Q&A with Chad Freidrichs
22.00: drinks and music in the foyer. 

The Experimental City (Chad Freidrichs, 2017) 
The Experimental City is a stunning documentary about The Minnesota Experimental City. It was the ultimate dream of scientist Athelstan Spilhaus, who published his futuristic predictions in a weekly newspaper comic, inspiring millions of Americans to dream of a new world within their grasp. The plans for the Minnesota Experimental City were developed in the 1960s showing that the growing problems of big cities could be resolved. Air pollution, mobility, waste collection, energy use: the city offered a solution for everything. The film is a fascinating journey through time, filled with attention-grabbing science fiction from the 1960s; 50 years later, it seems more relevant than ever.  

“A fantasia of mid-20th century techno-utopian fervor” – The Atlantic’s city lab

“Even more relevant today than it was in the 1960’s” – NextCity

Tickets & location

Film: The Experimental City (2017, USA, 96 min)
Director: Chad Freidrichs
Date: Wednesday 10 October
Start film: 20h30
Venue: Hofplein theater, Benthemstraat 13 Rotterdam
Tickets: € 13,50 (incl. AFFR-Party)
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film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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