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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Welcome to AFFR 2017!

We are proud to present to you the ninth 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.  

Over our 17-year history, the notion of the ‘architecture film’ has expanded to encompass a wide variety of film productions related to construction, design, landscape, the built environment and urban society. But the most important criterion for selection for the AFFR programme continues to be remarkable, cinematically high-quality films, documentaries and shorts that provoke reflection and debate. 

This year, more than ever before, AFFR is teaming up with partners to achieve this goal of deeper understanding through film. For example, on Saturday we are organizing a veritable College Day: seven colleges of education will each give a twenty-minute lecture before a striking film. The day opens with a debate about international architecture education hosted by Archiprix International.

In addition, a number of special events are planned in collaboration with various programme partners. They include a discussion hosted by the Stichting Deltametropool about smart cities and the resilience of urban society, in response to a film about the aftermath of the earthquake in Christchurch. A discussion about sustainability and preservation hosted by the High-Rise Foundation follows a fascinating film about the renovation of a residential tower in Paris. NRC Handelsblad newspaper is moderating a discussion about the destruction of cultural heritage as a war strategy. And Stroom in The Hague is presenting a cinematic reflection on play space in the city.  

Of all the subjects that cropped up in the over three hundred films submitted and scouted, the most striking was the globalization of the city and property market and the resulting problems of gentrification, mass tourism, speculation, and the threat of losing urban authenticity. This led us to give AFFR 2017 the motto City for Sale  The City as Investment Model. This theme will be discussed in detail on Thursday evening with the maker of the film Die Stadt als Beute and other experts. 

As always, AFFR is about lots of films and filmmakers from all over the world. Together with them and with all our relations and visitors, we are celebrating the Opening Night at Theater Rotterdam on Wednesday 4 October. The evening features the world premiere of the swinging feel-good movie Cholet (Isaac Niemand, Brazil, 2017) about Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani. 

Over the following four days numerous premieres take place at LantarenVenster, followed of course by a Q&A and festive drinks. Friday evening focuses on the best films and their makers, with the spectacular talk show Meet the Makers, which will be streamed worldwide. 

For those of you who cannot choose, we’re compiling the festival favourites on Sunday in the series Architectenweb Best of AFFR. The festival closes with the classic film Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Reggio, 1982), accompanied by a new live score by British jazz formation GoGo Penguin. 

After the festival, AFFR 24/7 will continue with the renewed online cinema PLAYTIME. Every two weeks we programme newly scouted films as well as items from the rich archives of the festival. You pay per film, but if you’re a member of Club Fountainhead you can watch all year round for free. Moreover, club members receive other benefits, including a 10% reduction on ticket prices during the festival and free tickets to the opening and the annual Secret Preview. So support AFFR and become a member of Club Fountainhead! 

In addition to the wonderful support we receive from the City of Rotterdam and from various private and public funds, it is important to mention here the growing success of our King Kong Business Club. Its twenty members, all active in the Dutch construction and property sector, not only assist AFFR 2017 financially, but they also provide substantive support and a significant broadening of our audience.  

We compiled the following programme AFFR 2017  City for Sale thanks to all our relations, friends, filmmakers and programme partners. Make sure you are part of it and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of film, city and architecture.


Programme AFFR 2017

The next Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam takes place at LanterenVenster cinema from 4 to 8 October 2017.


film • city • architecture 10 - 14 Oct. 2018
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