Call for Submission

Are you a filmmaker, film producer or film distributor? And have you completed a feature film, documentary, animation film or short about a topical issue related to the city, architecture, landscape or built environment somewhere in the world? If so, we kindly invite you to submit your film. Please include with your submission a secure online screener, trailer, synopsis and high-resolution...

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Lost in Transition

Enormous population growth, climate change, mass migration and increasing social inequality; the world is currently in a state of great flux. Insecurity is becoming paramount to our concerns now that new global forces arise, the power of populist movements is growing and pressure mounts on the European project. With the theme ‘Lost in Transition’ AFFR 2019 explores the need for...

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The tenth AFFR takes place from 9 to 13 October 2019. After the opening film, 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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Watch film during the Rotterdam Architecture Month

AFFR organizes two atmospheric film nights during the Rotterdam Architecture Month. These evenings are all about current themes in architecture and the city. On May 25, AFFR shows the film Human Shelter by Boris Bertram. It is one of the…
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to festival

AFFR Opening Night:
Cholet, the work of Freddy Mamani (music by Moby)

AFFR opens with world premiere of the cheerfully colourful architecture film about unconventional architect Freddy Mamani from Bolivia.

AFFR Opening Night:<br>Cholet, the work of Freddy Mamani (music by Moby)

The opening film of AFFR 2017 has been announced. On Wednesday 4 October, AFFR kicks off the ninth edition of the festival with the world premiere of the cheerfully colourful architecture film Cholet: The Work of Freddy Mamani by the Brazilian director Isaac Niemand, about the astonishing buildings by Bolivian autodidact Freddy Mamani. The opening takes place at Theater Rotterdam (Schouwburg), starting at 20:30, in the presence of Mamani and the director Isaac Niemand himself. The film will be followed by the spectacular AFFR Party in the foyer.

For the past fifteen years, self-taught architect Freddy Mamani has been working on his ‘Cholets’. With their hallucinating colours and unruly baroque forms, the buildings appear as striking objects in the unremarkable landscape of El Alto. Mamani has already completed more than sixty of them, and the phenomenon is grabbing the attention of people around the world. Are the Cholets exotic extravaganzas or expressions of authentic architecture? With this high-spirited film, AFFR takes viewers to Bolivia for a unique introduction to Freddy Mamani, the ‘Gaudi of the Andes’!

Tickets + info

Film: Cholet, the work of Freddy Mamani (2017), world premiere
Director: Isaac Niemand
Date: Wednesday 4 October
Start film: 20h30
Venue: Theater Rotterdam (Schouwburg)
Tickets: Buy your tickets (€ 12,50) for Cholet, the work of Freddy Mamani + AFFR-Party on Wednesday 4 October online via the website of Theater Rotterdam.


film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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