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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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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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.


The FILM & ARCHITECTURE STUDIO offers a comprehensive way to use cinematic language in architecture and urban design. From research, scriptwriting and storyboarding, to filming and post production. The course focuses on learning and understanding the narrative of filmmaking and its application in the design process, a hands-on studio in which students will be structuring stories and going through all stages of filmmaking.

The studio is a condensed course that offers new ways of researching the built environment and turning this research into well-structured and gripping stories. It is a class where students and young professionals are introduced to essential elements of filmmaking and learn how to relate these to architecture and the city.

The FILM & ARCHITECTURE STUDIO is a initiative of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (, organised in co-operation with the Independent School of the City ( and curated by international filmmaker and architect Jord den Hollander, featuring award-winning film maker Lotte Schreiber and internationaly renowned editor Gys Zevenbergen.


Saturday 5 October:     

09:00 – 10:00     Welcome at the Independent School for the City
10:00 – 12:30      Lecture by Jord den Hollander: an introduction to film, city and architecture; briefing and assignment for making a film

12:30 – 13:30       Lunch
13:30 – 18:00       Development of concept

Sunday 6 October 

10:00 – 12:30       Development of scenario and storyboard, evaluation
12:30 – 13:30        Lunch
13:30 – 18:00        First shoot
20:00 – 22:00       Lecture by Gys Zevenbergen, editor; screening of a series of short films

Monday 7 October 

10:00 – 12:30         Shooting and analyzing recordings
12:30 – 13:30          Lunch
13:30 – 15:30          Additional filming
15:30 – 17:00          First editing
19:00 – 22:00         Lecture by Lotte Schreiber, filmmaker; sneak preview of Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On (Schreiber & Rieper, Austria 2019)

Tuesday 8 October

10:00 – 16:00        Final editing
16:00 – 18:00        Screenings of films produced during workshop; evaluation by Jord den Hollander and Lotte Schreiber
18:00 – 20:00       Closing event with bites and drinks

Wednesday 9 Oct  Opening AFFR 2019

Although it might be useful, the film and architecture studio does not require an advanced knowledge in filmmaking or special equipment like cameras or editing tools. All recording tools are welcome, but a smartphone and laptop would work as bare essentials.



Extra info
Participation fee: € 195, including lunch, drinks and an AFFR 2019 festival pass. The studio is open to all students and young professionals in the field of design and filmmaking. Minimum number of participants: 12, maximum 25; please register before 9 September 2019.

Independent School for the City
Delftsestraat 33
3013 AE Rotterdam

film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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