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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to festival

Register now for Designing Community! #2

Learn about desiging a just and inclusive city. As part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month AIR and AFFR will examine new ways in which community involvement informs urban design, architecture and planning.

Register now for Designing Community! #2

Community is one of the most used terms in architectural discourse. How might designers apply their skills to add to a sense of belonging and inclusion within communities? How do they co-create complex spatial development? And how does design help shape meaningful places that facilitate the encounter of unknown others and reflect both individual identities as well as shared stories? The two-day ‘designing community’ program consists of public lectures by experienced designers and discussions between inspired city makers. It explores high-quality architecture and investigates the potential of innovative design concepts.


Design for the Just City
On this second day of Designing Community among others Toni Griffin will share her research into the design of the just city at Harvard Graduate School of Design. She will head a week long masterclass, initiated by Veldacademie, AIR, EMI op Zuid and Rotterdam municipality. We-Society program. Partnering with AFFR we will screen examples of architecture and urban design that expresses community, shared stories and individual identity. Furthermore we will search for new public buildings and domain and explore ways for urban area development to katalyse community and spatial justice.

14.00 hrs – Toni L. Griffin (Harvard Graduate School of Design) – on Design for the Just City
15.00 hrs – Arna Mačkić, Lorien Beijaert (Studio LA), Hicham Khalidi (curator Sculpture International Rotterdam Triënnale), Cristina Ampatzidou (Amateur Cities / AFFR) – on expressing community identity through design
16.00 hrs –  Jeroen Dirckx (KCAP) on ‘FredericiaC’ co-creating large scale urban area development with local communities and Julius Kirchert (MVRDV) on ‘Ku.Be’ Frederiksberg, co-creating meaningful new public places and buildings
17.00 hrs – Drinks at LP2

For this two-day program AIR collaborates with Veldacademie, EMI op Zuid, AFFR and the City of Rotterdam We Society program. The next day, friday 22nd of June, a week long studio workshop headed by Toni Griffin (Harvard lab Design for the Just City) will present its results in a public forum.

The events are part of the Rotterdam Architecture Month, an initiative by AIR, Rotterdam Festivals and Rotterdam Partners.

More information & register

Date: Friday 22 June
Time: 10:30 – 15:30 hrs.
Costs: Free entrance, but please register
Location: LP2
Wilhelminakade 326
3072 AR Rotterdam



film • city • architecture 9 - 13 Oct. 2019
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