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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Guilty Architecture

Since the announcement of AFFR 2020 in early March, the world has been hit by turbulent times like never before. But the relaxation of measures makes us hopeful of staging a coronavirus-free AFFR in October 2020. It will be a more compact version of the successful festival as we know it. We are working on new ways of presenting AFFR's...

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Club Fountainhead

Club Fountainhead is AFFR's club for friends. With your contribution you support AFFR and you get a 30% discount on the complete AFFR programme - except for the opening night. With your membership you also log in to AFFR Live* for free.

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Despite the COVID-19 crisis, we currently assume that the twelfth edition of AFFR can take place from 7 to 11 October 2020 as intended. We will make a final decision on this in July. Please submit your film about city and architecture before 13 May. In case AFFR 2020 is postponed, we will gladly include your production in the selection procedures for next year.

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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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After a successful first edition in 2019, the Independent School for the City and the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) have joined forces again to organize another four-day course on film and architecture, supervised by architect, curator and filmmaker Jord den Hollander.


The Film and Architecture Studio offers a comprehensive method to use cinematic language in architecture and urban design. It is a hands-on studio that focuses on learning and understanding the narrative of filmmaking as a way to explore the built environment. Participants in this course are introduced to the essential elements of filmmaking and learn how to relate these to architecture and the city. The focus of the studio is not so much on the technical aspects of filmmaking and post-production, but rather on film as a way to structure your thoughts and to turn your findings into a gripping story.

Course structure
Following the theme of ‘Guilty Architecture’ as the central topic of AFFR 2020, participants will go through various stages of filmmaking to discover it’s meaning in a specific part of Rotterdam’s city centre. Trough short exercises and conversations with various cinematic professionals, we’ll explore framing as a way of looking at the city, talk about the main principles of storytelling, and dive into the use of scenario’s as a means to structure and relate different elements to develop a certain narrative.

The Film & Architecture Studio is organized by the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and the Independent School for the City. The studio is open to students and (young) professionals in the fields of architecture, design, cinematography and other urban studies. Although it might be useful, the film and architecture studio does not require an advanced experience 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.

The twelfth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam will take place 7 – 11 October 2020


Jord den Hollander
After having finished his master’s in architecture at the Technical University of Delft, Jord den Hollander followed a course in scenario writing at the Filmschool in London. Throughout his career he has often combined both disciplines. He has made documentaries about art and architecture, has written and directed internationally acclaimed television series for children about art and science and is curator of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (, the world’s biggest architecture film festival, which he co-founded in 2002. In addition, he has designed a unique oeuvre that includes an architecture centre for children in Almere, a mobile kid’s library, a floating hotel and a tensegrity bicycle bridge.

Thomas Kist
Thomas Kist is an award winning cameraman who’s career spans over 30 years of film and documentary making. He worked together with renowned directors like Theo van Gogh, Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci. He is praised for his documentary work on art, architecture and theatre. The 65 episodes of the travelogue he filmed all over the word with writer Boudewijn Buch are still seen as an example for television making in a new and exploring way.

Hans Christian Post
Hans Christian Post is a writer and filmmaker. Having a PhD in Modern Culture from the university of Copenhagen his main field of research is cultural and urban memory. With Dresden and Berlin as primary cases, he has written extensively on the intertwining of city planning, building preservation, memory, and history politics

Since 2014, he has worked independently as film maker and producer. In 2015, he finished his first documentary, Last Exit Alexanderplatz, which was followed by Whose city? in 2017. The theatre film We are here came out in early 2019, and later that year, he completed Where·to with history?, his fourth film to date. This film will have it’s Dutch premiere in October at AFFR 2020.

Course schedule

Wednesday 30 September
10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and general introduction
10:30 – 11:30 Introduction Film and Architecture by Jord den Hollander
11:30 – 12:15 Introduction Guilty Architecture by Independent School for the City
12:15 – 12:30 Briefing on first assignment.
12:30 – 16:30 Participants at work
16:30 – 18:00 Presentations and conversation findings of the day
18:00 – 19:00 Presentation by Jord den Hollander, next assignment

Thursday 1 October
10:00 – 11:30 Development of action plan
11:30 – 16:30 Participants at work
16:30 – 18:00 Presentations and conversation findings of the day
18:00 – 19:00 Presentation by Jord den Hollander, next assignment
20:00 – 21:30 Presentation and conversation with director Thomas Kist

Friday 2 October
10:00 – 16:30 Participants at work
16:30 – 19:00 Presentations and conversation on production of the day and feedback for completion
20:00 – 21:30 Presentation and conversation with filmmaker Hans Christian Post

Saturday 3 October
10:00 – 15:00 Participants at work
15:00 – 17:00 Screening of films and a conversation about the outcomes

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More info & registration

The course is subject to Corona measures. Depending on the situation, the course may or may not take place. You can register for the Film and Architecture Studio by sending an email to An invoice will be proceeded in September when we hope to call for a final GO. For practical reasons, there is a maximum of 15 participants for this course.

film • city • architecture 7 - 11 Oct. 2020
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