Wed 5 Oct, 19:45 - AFFR Opening Night - SOLD OUT - AFFR
4–8 Oct 2023
film • stad • architectuur

Festival 2022 – Programme

In a world turned upside down, facing enormous challenges and contending with one new reality after another, AFFR 2022 will focus on the need to press pause. Or, in cinematic terms, to freeze the frame.

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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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Marieke Berkers Interim Director AFFR

Marieke Berkers is to take up the position of interim director of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. On 1 January 2023, she will succeed Joep Mol, who is taking leave as director after twelve years of involvement with the festival.
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WEDNESDAY 5 OCTOBER AT 19:45 (SCREENING ROOM OPENS 19:00), Theater Zuidplein

Wed 5 Oct, 19:45 – AFFR Opening Night – SOLD OUT

The Opening Night is sold out. During the festival we will also screen Best in the World twice in LantarenVenster. On Friday 7 October at 19:15, followed by a debate on the global influence of city branding and the development of gentrified smooth cities, and on Saturday 8 October at 21:30.


Get your tickets for the screenings on Friday 7 October at 19:15 or on Saturday 8 October at 21:30 now. Do you want to be on the waiting list for the Opening Night? Send an email to stating: ‘Opening Night waiting list’.

World premiere: Best in the World
Hans Christian Post, Denemarken, 2022, 56 min

Together with Copenhagen Architecture Festival (CAFx), we present the world premiere of Best in the World (Hans Christian Post, 2022), a cautionary tale about Copenhagen as a city that threatens to succumb to its own success. There is a live link-up with CAFx for a Q&A with director Hans Christian Post. After the screening, we celebrate the opening of a festival filled with films, get-togethers and discussions in the foyer of Theater Zuidplein.

The documentary Best in the World offers a revealing look beyond the photogenic image of Copenhagen. The Danish capital is often considered one of the most liveable cities in the world. But this was not always the case. Thirty years ago, Copenhagen was an industrial city on the brink of bankruptcy. Through political and architectural engineering the city has experienced a complete transformation, but at what cost? Today the city is an engine of inequality both within its own borders and in the surrounding countryside. Who ultimately gets to benefit from this desirable new city?

Celebrated writer and filmmaker Hans Christian Post takes stock of Copenhagen’s evolution through the eyes of architects, activists and writers to assess what is at stake. A cautionary tale for cities across the world, including our very own Rotterdam.

The evening will conclude with an electronic live set by OKKIO – two hours of the best beats, exotic samples and synthesiser soundscapes.

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Info & tickets

Date: Wednesday 5 October - SOLD OUT
Start film: 19:45
Screening room open: 19:00
Location: Theater Zuidplein, Gooilandsingel 95, Rotterdam
Tickets Fri 7 Oct 19:15/Sat 8 Oct 21:30
film • city • architecture 4 - 8 Oct. 2023