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12TH EDITION OF ARCHITECTURE FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM:
7-11 OCTOBER 2020, LANTARENVENSTER ROTTERDAM

The Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam explores the relation between film, city and architecture. In eleven editions, AFFR has matured into a leading international podium for films about architecture, urban development and the built environment. AFFR brings together not only a broad public from The Netherlands but also city lovers, students, researchers, designers and film makers from all over the world, all of whom engage with one another in debate about the past, present and future of the city.

The theme of AFFR 2020 is Guilty Architecture: the festival turns its attention to the changing role of architecture and urbanism in a rapidly polarizing world. Due to the worldwide Covid-crisis, this question is more urgent than before. Historical continuity (or the perception of it) in the built environment is increasingly embraced in the debate around authenticity and identity. The devastating ecological consequences of global urbanization call on the moral understanding of developers and architects. With a spectacular selection of films and documentaries about the city and architecture, the twelfth edition of AFFR goes in search of the moral dilemmas of our time. In a series of introductions by experts, conversations with filmmakers, and debates with people involved, AFFR asks ‘how innocent is architecture really?’

Submissions for the AFFR2020 are now closed. To submit your film, documentary, animation, VR-production or short film on city and architecture for AFFR2021, please click here.

Since the announcement of AFFR 2020 early March, the world experienced turbulent times as never seen before. The relaxation of measures gives hope for a Covid-proof AFFR in October 2020. It will be a more compact version of the successful festival as we know it. We are working on new ways of presenting AFFR's beloved films, debates and talk shows: live and online, thus having the same impact.


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