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Haifa International Film Festival


If you like - Funky film festivals | Art-house films | Relaxed Mediterranean vibe | Israeli cinema | Beaches | Classic cinema | Falafel | Edgy movies | A friendly atmosphere | Up-to-date industry events | Street fairs | Debut filmmakers and established masters | Live music | Culinary cinema | Brilliant coffee | Award winning films | A warm and wonderful audience | Great weather | Outdoor events - The Haifa International Film Festival is the Festival for you!

38th Haifa IFF – 8-17 October 2022


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And the Oscar Goes To...

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10 films in our program are their country's official submission to the 95th Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film. Good luck to all!   Belgium Close | Lukas Dhont   Bolivia Utama | Alejandro Loayza Grisi   Costa Rica Domingo and the Mist | Ariel Escalante   Germany All Quiet on the Western Front | Edward Berger   Italy Nostalgia | Mario Martone   Morocco The Blue Caftan | Maryam Touzani   North Macedonia The Happiest Man in...

Calling Animation Lovers!

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Need a break from real humans? We've got you covered with a fantastic selection of animation films - all genres, all techniques, for all ages. 2022 has been an excellent year for family-friendly animated movies. Why not bring the kids along? Let them experience something other than Disney staples? Introduce them early to the wonderful world of film festivals. ...

Spot on Denis Ménochet

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Acclaimed French actor Denis Ménochet first came to our attention in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and has been impressing ever since. In the festival's program he can be seen in to very different roles: an over-the-top filmmaker who embodies Fassbinder "with a mixture of tenderness, horror and awe" (Screen) for all the world to see, in François Ozon's Peter von Kant, and a down-to-earth farmer in Galicia who controls his emotions until they ca...

A Blind Spot

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Three very different films - all centering on sight and blindness - are screened in our program this year: The Story of Looking, a personal meditation by celebrated filmmaker and historian Mark Cousins; The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic by Teemu Nikki, a life-affirming film where lead actor Petri Poikolainen has MS and is himself blind and disabled; and Dark Glasses, the film that marks the return of bone-chilling master Dario Argento to the genre.   ...

Accessibiliy for the Visually Impaired

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For the first time in our program! The Haifa IFF enables people with sight loss to experience fully accessible cinema on two Israeli films - Betulim by Maor Zagouri and The Good Person by Eitan Anner - using the Greta app on their mobile phones. This is courtesy of a wonderful initiative of The Central Library for the Blind, Visually Impaired and Handicapped in Israel. ...

Shana Tova!

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The Haifa IFF wishes you all a very happy and healthy Jewish New Year! #RoshHashanah #ShanaTova #HappyNewYear #JewishNewYear The ...

Spot on Mark Cousins

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Prolific documentarian, critic and writer MARC COUSINS (The Story of Film) is represented in our program with two films: the more personal The Story of Looking, a treasure trove of insight on sight, and the Venice title, March On Rome, a reflective essay documentary that goes back 100 years exactly to Benito Mussolini’s fateful power grab. ...

Golden Anchor Competiton

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The Golden Anchor Competition for debut films allows us to meet some of the rising filmmakers who've created a buzz this year with their promising first or second film: Alcarràs - Carla Simón Delta - Michele Vannucci Immersion - Nicolas Postiglione Summer with Hope - Sadaf Foroughi The Mountain - Thomas Salvador The Score - Malachi Smyth The Worst Ones - Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret Utama - Alejandro Loayza Grisi We Might as Well Be Dead - Natalia Sin...

Oy Vey!

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Three film with a strong Jewish theme and stronger moral dilemmas take us back to the dark days of WWII and remind us that the human spirit is well worth fighting for: Farewell, Mr. Haffmann - dir.: Fred Cavayé The Forger - dir.: Maggie Peren The Wedding Day - dir.: Wojciech Smarzowski ...

Climb Every Mountain

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Calling all mountaineers! Three fantastic films will take you to the majestic Alps - A Piece of Sky by Michael Koch, The Mountain by Thomas Salvador and The Eight Mountains by Felix van Groeningen, Charlotte Vandermeersch - only in the program of the #HaifaIFF ...

Carmel Competition

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Our Carmel Competition for International Films brings to Haifa some of the buzziest, most anticipated films of the year. We've got a great line-up for you!   A Piece of Sky - Michael Koch Close - Lukas Dhont Godland - Hlynur Pálmason Leonora addio - Paolo Taviani More Than Ever - Emily Atef The Beasts - Rodrigo Sorogoyen The Blue Caftan - Maryam Touzani The Happiest Man in the World - Teona Strugar Mitevska The Line - Ursula Meier The Wedding Day - Wojciech Smarzowski ...

It's Fashion Time

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Calling all fashion aficionados! Three new films take us behind the scenes of clothes-making, from the traditional to the couture. There is color, there is fabric, there is great moviemaking, what's not to love? Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, Dir.: Anthony Fabian The Blue Caftan, Dir.: Dir.: Maryam Touzani The Outfit, Dir.: Graham Moore ...

Spot on Johnny Flynn

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Calling Johnny Flynn fans (and, really, who isn't)! Two new films in our program showcase his talent both as singer-songwriter (The Score-Malachi Smyth) and actor (The Outfit-Graham Moore). Only in the 38th #HaifaIFF #TheScore #TheOutfit ...

5 Days to Ticket Sales

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Israeli cinema - our best export - and we've got it all for you this year! Comedy and classics, dramas and docs, shorts and special events, animation and more! #HaifaIFF #Israeli cinema ...

Closing Night Film

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Pleased to #announce that the #closing #film of the 38th #HaifaIFF will be the highly anticipated Silent by Shemi Zarhin (The Kind Words). Wonderful to close with a relevant and intriguing #Israeli production. #filmfestival #film ...

Our Opening Film!

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Breaking News: Just announced the Opening Film of the Haifa IFF! You can read the details on our twitter at https://lnkd.in/dmgjH_uZ or letterboxd at https://lnkd.in/d8VukF5p ...

Israeli TV strikes again!

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Israeli TV strikes again! Two fantastic TV series - the comic drama Who Remembers Hava and Nava? and the documentary The Mandate - are making their way to the small (or not so small) screen. Everyone will be talking about them soon, you can beat the crowd and watch them with us, at the Haifa IFF.   ...

Calling all short film buffs!

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Calling all short film buffs! 33 films will take part in the Israeli Short Film Competitions in three categories: students, independents and animation. And remember - the winner of the Israeli Independent Short Feature will be eligible to compete for the Best Short Film at the Academy Awards! Good luck to this new crop if Israeli filmmaking talent!   ...

Tribute to Tel Aviv University

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University we invite you to time travel with us and watch the graduation films of some of most prominent Israeli filmmakers working today: - Chavatzelet (1990) - Levana Hakim - Comfortably Numb (1991) - Ari Folman and Ori Sivan - Le Jardin (1989) by Menashe Noy - Reality Check (2011) - Michal Vinik - Tasnim (2010) by Elite Zexer   ...

Israeli Film Competitions

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Just released the line-up for the Israeli film competitions for the upcoming Haifa IFF! For the full details go to our twitter at https://lnkd.in/dmgjH_uZ  or letterboxd at https://letterboxd.com/haifaiff/ We've got a great program lined up! ...

October Rocks

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The weather is already nicer, a hint of autumn in the evening air. It will be perfect by the time the #HaifaIFF comes along, October is an excellent time to join us in #haifa. ...

We've Joined Twitter!

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The Haifa IFF is now on twitter! Come follow us at https://lnkd.in/dmgjH_uZ for the full info about our upcoming edition and some behind-the scene stories as well ...

Watch this Space!

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Eran Kolirin’s Let It Be Morning was the big winner of the 2021 Israeli film competition at the Haifa IFF. The film took home not only the Best Film Award, but the Acting and Screenplay awards as well. It went on to receive 15 Ophir (the Israeli Academy Award) nominations and won 7, including Best Film. There was also a long and successful tour in the festival circuit, from Cannes to Melbourne and anywhere in between. So, who will be our winner in 2022? Watch this space! The full details ...

HAIFA IFF goes to the Oscars !

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The Haifa International Film Festival has been accepted into the exclusive roster of international film festivals, where the winner of the Short Film Competition is eligible to compete at the Academy Awards. From this year’s edition, the winner of the Best Israeli Independent Short Feature will be eligible to compete for the Best Short Film at the Academy Awards. The achievement is significant as the eligibility for consideration exempts the film from the Academy’s requirements of t...

About Haifa International Film Festival

amalia rosen
(Haifa International Film Festival)

38th Haifa IFF - 8-17 October 2022. Established in 1983 as Israel's first int. film festival, The Haifa IFF is one of the country's leading cultural events with a world-wide reputation for both the quality of its program and its friendly atmosphere. International competitions. The Festival’s prestigious industry events include the marketing forum Our Story, a conference about TV and film co-dependence, a pitching forum, an Israeli cinemarket, the Distillery, workshops and round table events.

 


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