After years moving from venue to venue in Rotterdam, AFFR in 2011 eventually found a home at LantarenVenster cinema. Designed by Álvaro Siza and located on Wilhelminapier, LantarenVenster is the perfect setting for a festival about film, cities and architecture.
In 2015, AFFR expanded. With the founding of Club Fountainhead for friends and the King Kong Business Club for relations and networking, AFFR has continued to build up and maintain a loyal following. In addition, the festival has broadened in scope, with new programme elements and excursions through Rotterdam.
Each festival is organized around a theme to highlight current issues in architecture and urbanism. Themes of previous festivals were:
2009: Pre-Architecture & City Docs
2011: Think Big, Act Small
2013: Time Machine
2015: Global Home
2017: City for Sale
2018: Building Happiness
2019: Lost in Transition
2020: Guilty Architecture
2021: More than Houses