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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


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 ...

It's Fashion Time

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

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

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

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!

Breaking News: Just announced the Opening Film of the Haifa IFF! You can read the details on our twitter at or letterboxd at ...

Israeli TV strikes again!

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!

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

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

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

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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