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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


Debut Filmmakers

Meet this year's class of debut filmmakers! A great first film can jumpstart a filmmaker's career and we've got 18 of them in our program this year: To the North Mihai Mincan Romania|France|Greece|Bulgaria|Czech Republic  Immersion Nicolas Postiglione Chile|Mexico  The Score Malachi Smyth UK  The Worst Ones Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret France  Utama Alejandro Loayza Grisi Bolivia|Uruguay|France  We Might as Well Be Dead Na...

The Five Senses

The program of the Haifa IFF is A feast for the senses: Sight - Close by Lukas Dhont Sound - The Dust of Time by Theo Angelopoulos Smell - Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi Taste - Adam by Maryam Touzani Touch - Brian and Charles by Jim Archer ...

Berlinale in Haifa

A German bear roars in Haifa! 4 Berlinale award winners in our program - Golden Bear winner Alcarras, Before Now & Then, A Piece of Sky and Leonora addio.   A total of 14 Berlinale titles in our program!   #Berlinale #Awards #Oscars2023 ...

Our Gorgeous Trailer

Time to show you our gorgeous trailer. You can watch it on our twitter at or letterboxd at ...

The Apartment

The apartment is one of the most iconic symbols of modern life and a complicated, intimate setting for a film. Just think Rear Window or Rosemary’s Baby. Well, we've got some great ones for you -  We Might as Well Be Dead Natalia Sinelnikova Germany|Romania  Τhe Neighbors of My Neighbors Are My Neighbors Anne-Laure Daffis, Léo Marchand France  The Worst Ones Lise Akoka, Romane Gueret France  Peter von Kant François Ozon France&n...

Industry Events - Roundtable

Our roundtable event to promote cooperation centers this year on the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. Our guests - Tiina Lokk-Tramberg, the Festival Director, and Marge Liiske, Head of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event, will introduce the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival to the Israeli film industry and promote cooperation in preparation for the Israeli Focus in Tallinn on November 2022. ...

Fake It Till You Make It

One of the hottest genres in filmed entertainment right now – fiction or nonfiction – are swindler stories. If you're in the market for movies about people who present a false front while committing nefarious deeds, we've got two to offer:   Axiom by Jöns Jönsson, the teasingly clever story of Julius the museum keeper, and The Thief Collector by Allison Otto, a light-hearted documentary that takes a deep look at one of the art world's most bizarre and sur...

No. 10

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.   Alex van Warmerdam's tenth film, NO. 10, is complex, funny and shocking, continually wrong-footing us with a series of increasingly audacious and mind-boggling U-turns before a climax that is out of this world.   Here’s a tip: If you accidentally run into a strange man behaving strangely on a bridge, something is up. ...

The Deliciously Creepy

For the deliciously creepy look no further than our Haifa’s Wild Nights section. We’ve got movies full of dark and twisty tales (Speak No Evil - Christian Tafdrup), we’ve got spooky destinations (No. 10 - Alex van Warmerdam), interesting people (Brian and Charles - Jim Archer), serial killer horror (Dark Glasses - Dario Argento) and tales (tails?) of the bizarre (Piaffe - Ann Oren). All that is needed to round up the party is a bunch of rather vicious teddy bears (Unicorn Wars ...

The European Film Academy’s Film Selection

TEN films from our program are already part of the European Film Academy’s Film Selection 2022 and shortlisted for the European Film Awards:  All Quiet on the Western Front Edward Berger USA|Germany  March on Rome Mark Cousins  Italy Alcarràs Carla Simón Spain|Italy  Boy From Heaven Tarik Saleh Sweden|France|Finland  Close Lukas Dhont Belgium|France|Netherlands  Godland Hlynur Pálmason Denmark|Iceland|France|S...

Festival’s unofficial Best Film Title is...

Winner of the festival’s unofficial Best Film Title is Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris (cannot resist a good rhyme) with special jury mentions going to The Score and The Outfit for great use of multiple meaning. #TheScore #TheOutfit #MrsHarrisGoesToParis #Awards ...

In the Mood for Love

Some people love movies. Some people love movies about love. If you're In the Mood for Love why not try one of these? Some may surprise you, some may get weird, none are your standard rom-com, but all very good.   More Than Ever Emily Atef France|Germany|Luxembourg|Norway    The Happiest Man in the World Teona Strugar Mitevska North Macedonia|Bosnia Herzegovina|Belgium|Croatia|Denmark|Slovenia   The Mountain Thomas Salvador France    The Score Mal...

A Tribute to Moroccan Cinema

The Haifa IFF celebrates the new cooperation agreement between Morocco and Israel with a tribute to Moroccan cinema. The Haifa IFF is honored to welcome a delegation of Moroccan filmmakers, including celebrated director and producer Nabil Ayouch (Horses of God, Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets), winner of dozens of international awards, and women filmmakers like Maryam Touzani, Laila Marrakchi and Yasmine Benkiran.  Alongside the film screenings, the program will include meetings with the...

Festival’s Life Achievement Award

The festival’s Life Achievement Award goes to Makram Khoury. Makram Khoury is an Arab-Israeli actor and director, one of Israel’s leading performers, recipient of the Israel Prize for acting and the Ophir Award for Best Actor. Khoury was born in Jerusalem, studied in London and was a member of the Haifa Theater for 20 years. Working in three languages - Hebrew, Arabic and English - he’s played dozens of leading roles in films, on stage, and on television, including Magic Men, T...

And the Oscar Goes To...

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

Spot on Mark Cousins

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

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!

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

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

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 ...

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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