Program AFFR 2018

We are proud to present to you the tenth edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. Once again our editors — assisted by a team of critical viewers — have scouted and selected a range of films about the city and architecture, and gathered them into an exciting programme. It includes portraits of well-known or lesser-known designers, activist essays about pressing problems, hilarious reflections on bygone times, and tranquil scenes of great beauty.  ...

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Opening Night

On Wednesday 10 October, AFFR kicks off its tenth edition with the European premiere of The Experimental City (Chad Freidrichs, 2017), a stunning documentary about The Minnesota Experimental City. A fascinating journey through time in search of the city of the future. Filled with attention-grabbing science fiction from the 1960s, this film seems more relevant than ever. And perfectly in...

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Ticket sales

All information about tickets, Festival Pass and 'Architectenweb Best of AFFR'

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Building Happiness

The theme of AFFR 2018 is ‘Building Happiness’. We live in a period of economic boom. Construction, development and speculation are in full swing again, and resounding growth rates are the norm. The tourist industry is working at full capacity, bringing millions of tourists to cities with attractive architecture. Yet there is growing recognition that we cannot separate our concept...

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The tenth AFFR takes place from 10 to 14 October 2018. 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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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,…
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Job offer: AFFR is looking for a text and debate editor

We are looking for a text and debate editor with a keen interest in film, city and architecture to join our team, starting on 1 February 2019.

Job offer: AFFR is looking for a text and debate editor


In ten editions the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam has grown to become a leading international platform for films about the city and architecture. AFFR screens outstanding, cinematographic films with a focus on urban life, films that receive little attention through the usual distribution channels.

The core activity of AFFR is organizing an annual film festival. AFFR also aims to broaden and deepen the festival programme with lectures and debates, as well as to expand the public reach of the event. The project-based AFFR organization also works on a number of compact satellite events such as the online cinema PLAYTIME.

The eleventh AFFR takes place on 9-13 October 2019 at LantarenVenster Rotterdam. Some 90 carefully selected films about the city and architecture from all over the world will once again be screened.


We are looking for a text and debate editor with a keen interest in film, city and architecture to join our team, starting on 1 February 2019.

The AFFR text and debate editor (m/f) will:

  • have an extensive knowledge of film, city and architecture
  • have a large and up-to-date network in these fields
  • have an excellent command of Dutch and a good command of English
  • be involved in selecting films and assisting the film editor and curator in writing film descriptions for the website and magazine
  • write editorial features and edit submitted articles edit magazine and website content together with the communications officer and film editor
  • choose subjects for talk shows, debates and lectures in consultation with film editor and curator
  • be editorially responsible for talk shows, debates and lectures during the festival
  • send invitations to guests and discuss their contents and conditions
  • maintain contact with educational institutions and programme partners
  • consult with the production leader about organizational aspects of talk shows, debates and lectures
  • ensure the smooth running of talk shows, debates and film lectures
  • provide talk show hosts and moderators with relevant information.

Availability: February–May 2019: 8 hours per week. June–October: 12 hours per week.

Interested? Send a letter stating your motivation, along with a CV, before 17 January, to Joep Mol:

film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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