Film & Architecture Studio 2021 - AFFR

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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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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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Film & Architecture Studio 2021

The Independent School for the City and the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (AFFR) have joined forces again to organize another edition of the online film and architecture studio, supervised by architect, curator and filmmaker Jord den Hollander.

Film & Architecture Studio 2021

Photo: short film by Lola Scurlock, Film & Architecture Studio 2020

The online Film and Architecture Studio offers a comprehensive way 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 postproduction, but rather on film as a way to structure your thoughts and to turn your findings into a gripping story.

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Course structure
The online Film and Architecture Studio is spread over a period of a month, allowing participants to conduct research in their immediate surroundings. Though weekly online meetings on 7, 14, 21 and 28 September we will exchange ideas and discuss the participants progress with both the tutors involved as well as other participants in the course. We will start the first session with a general lecture and practical instructions by tutor and curator Jord den Hollander. During the weeks that follow, we’ll gather again to discuss our progress, followed by a conversation about the various approaches and ways to move forward. These meetings are combined with a presentation and conversation with two internationally renowned directors and filmmakers on 16 and 23 September. We will optionally get together in Rotterdam on 7 October for the festive screening of the short movies after attending the opening of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday 6 October.

Schedule of online meetings:

Tuesday 7 September 2021
19:00 – 19:30 Welcome and introduction by Independent School for the City
19:30 – 20:30 Introduction Film & Architecture by Jord den Hollander
20:30 – 21:00 Briefing on first assignment

Tuesday 14 September 2021
19:00 – 20:30 3-minute pitches on first ideas
20:30 – 21:00 Wrap-up and reflection

Thursday 16 September 2021
19:00 – 20:30. Presentation and conversation with an internationally renowned filmmaker

Tuesday 21 September 2021
19:00 – 21:00 Presentation of first results & feedback

Thursday 23 September 2021
19:00 – 20:30 Presentation and conversation with an internationally renowned director of photography

Tuesday 28 September 2021
19:00 – 20:30 Presentation of progress & feedback

Physical meetings at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam:

Wednesday 6 October 2021
20:00: Opening AFFR 2021 at Theater Zuidplein Rotterdam

Thursday 7 October 2021
16:00 – 18:00 Final presentations at LantarenVenster in Rotterdam.


AFFR and Independent School for the City
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 any 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.

The thirteenth Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam is centred around the theme “More Than Houses” and takes place from 6 – 10 October 2021.

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Regular tickets are available for 250 euro. Student tickets are available for 200 euro. For practical reasons, a maximum of 15 participants can take part in this course. For questions, or to qualify for the student discount, please send an email to:

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film • city • architecture 6 - 10 Oct. 2021
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