The Experimental City - AFFR

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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Ticket sales

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 a selection of the five best films...

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Film & Architecture Studio

Rotterdam, 5-8 October 2019: course on filmmaking in relation to city and architecture by Jord den Hollander with lectures by Lotte Schreiber and Gys Zevenbergen.

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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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Rotterdam, 5-8 October 2019: course on filmmaking in relation to city and architecture by Jord den Hollander with lectures by Lotte Schreiber and Gys Zevenbergen.
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to festival

The Experimental City


  • Wed 10 Oct - 20:30
  • Sat 13 Oct - 22:30
  • Sun 14 Oct - 13:00
  • Sun 14 Oct - 16:30


It was supposed to be the ultimate living lab for urbanization: The Experimental City.

A megalomaniac plan developed in the 1960s to show that the growing problems of big cities could be resolved. Air pollution, mobility, waste collection, energy use: the city offered a solution for everything. It was a utopian paradise of cutting-edge construction for 250,000 inhabitants, situated in rural Minnesota. Self-driving cars, recycling and re-use, solar power, and a huge geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller to ward off weather and climate. 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 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.


  • Wed 10 Oct 20:30 - Theater Hofplein
  • Sat 13 Oct 22:30 - LV Zaal 6
  • Sun 14 Oct 13:00 - LV Zaal 3
  • Sun 14 Oct 16:30 - LV Zaal 6


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film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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