Building Happiness

The theme of AFFR 2018 is ‘Building Happiness’. We live in a period of economic boom. Construction, development and speculation are in full swing again, and resounding growth rates are the norm. The tourist industry is working at full capacity, bringing millions of tourists to cities with attractive architecture. Yet there is growing recognition that we cannot separate our concept...

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The tenth AFFR takes place from 10 to 14 October 2018. 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 submisson AFFR 2018

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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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Register now for Designing Community! #2

Learn about desiging a just and inclusive city. As part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month AIR and AFFR will examine new ways in which community involvement informs urban design, architecture and planning.
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Submissions 2017

The period for entering films for the next AFFR, to be held in October 2017, has drawn to a close. We aim to complete the definitive selection of films by mid-July. If your film is selected, you will receive an email with more information, and we will ask you to send us a master copy. More detailed information about technical requirements is contained in this document. AFFR Master Specifications.

For an overview of your submitted films, log on to You will find the overview under the heading My submitted films.

If you have any questions about your submission, send an email to

Accreditation to AFFR 2017
Keep an eye on the website for accreditations to AFFR 2017.

Accreditation to AFFR 2018:

You can submit a film for 2018 through filmchief .

film • city • architecture 10 - 14 Oct. 2018
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