AFFR 2023 - Contested Space - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

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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Extra tickets
Do the Right Thing
sales start June 6, 12:00

The special screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing was sold out within three days! Due to the great demand, a limited number of extra tickets will therefore become available. Sales start on Tuesday June 6 at 12:00, don't…
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AFFR 2023 – Contested Space

The space we share with one another is increasingly a source of conflict. What space is needed to feed the world’s growing population? Who has the right to exploit the earth’s resources? Is the city the preserve of everybody or only of those who can afford it? What position do we allocate to nature? Who is entitled to a safe haven as sea levels rise?

AFFR 2023 – Contested Space

Over the past decade, our increasing and often conflicting claims on space have made disputes more intense and more urgent, widening the gap between the haves and de have-nots. That is why the AFFR programme this year highlights the theme of Contested Space.

Our theme is part of a broader development that we see emerging in schools of architecture, in open calls by funds, in public debates, and in the media. One noticeable feature is the varied nature of the discussions – ranging from food to ecological footprints, from construction to biodiversity, from migration to market influences, from beauty to nitrate debt, and from material choices to climate justice. Such discussions reveal an increasingly comprehensive orientation to the wider world. There is a growing awareness that everybody who works in the spatial disciplines – designers, builders, planners and policy-makers, as well as farmers and nature managers, critics and advisors – bears a responsibility that extends beyond individual needs and interests.

As the biggest international film festival that focuses on architecture, the city and the landscape, AFFR screens around 100 films at the festival. Reaching beyond the fleeting nature of daily debates, they not only offer an overview of the latest developments, but also provide fresh perspectives on and revealing narratives about the increasingly contentious disputes sparked by contested spaces. Moreover, the medium of film brings you the whole world, demonstrating that the local and the global are interlinked. Such a breath of fresh air is very welcome when it comes to the theme of Contested Space.

AFFR 2023 takes place from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 October at LantarenVenster and Theater Zuidplein.

Image: ©Theo Baart

film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023