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 submisson AFFR 2018

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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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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.
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Meet The Makers talkshow 2017

At the ninth edition of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (4-8 October 2017) seven film makers and their films on cities and architecture were presented by Tracy Metz and Jord den Hollander at the AFFR2017 Meet The Makers talkshow.

No film festival would be complete without filmmakers. On Friday evening 6 October 2017, curator Jord den Hollander and journalist Tracy Metz interviewed a number of them about their fascinations, the films they have made, and the difficulties they encounter. 

With Isaac Niemand (Cholet, the work of Freddy Mamani), Thomas Piper (Five Seasons, the gardens of Piet Oudolf), Jeroen Visser (The Pier), Magali Roucaut (Behind the Stone Wall), Joe Gilbert (Streets in the Sky, Grenfell, a.o.), Thomas Beyer & Adrian Dorschner (Bowlingtreff) and Andrei Rozen (Novgorod Spaceship).

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film • city • architecture 10 - 14 Oct. 2018
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