Festival Calendar

Haifa International Film Festival

Haifa International Film Festival
142 Hanassi Avenue
34633 Haifa
phone +972 4 83 53 523
fax +972 4 83 84 327
email: film@haifaff.co.il

Artistic Director
Ms. Pnina Blayer

Year of Foundation 1983

Event Date from 03 October 2020 till 12 October 2020

Event Date

in Haifa, Israel

Sections International Competitions: Carmel Competition for International Cinema; Between Jewishness and Israeliness: showcasing films examining the Jewish and Israeli experience; The Golden Anchor Competition: feature-length films produced in the Mediterranean and Balkan regions. Israeli Film Competitions

Israeli Feature Fiction Competition: Israeli Feature Length Documentary Competition; Israeli Short Film Competition (Fiction, Documentaries and Animation); Young Creators Competition: showcasing short films by high school filmmakers

Terms of Entry Films must be an Israeli premiere, films must be not older than 18 months

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Fees 100 USD

Attendance Figures 300,000

Participants of the Film Industry Isreali film industry, International film industry

Prizes/Awards International Competitions: Carmel Award for Best Film (International Film Competition), Tobias Szpancer Award for Best Film (“Between Judaism and Israelism” Competition), FEDEORA Award for Best Foreign Film; Israeli Competitions: Best Feature Film, Best Feature Debut, Script Award, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Documentary Film; Israeli Short Films: Best Student Film, Best Independent Film, Best Animation Film; Israeli Film Critics Association Awards: Best Foreign Film, Best Israeli Film, Best Actor/Actress in an Israeli Film; Awards for Young Filmmakers.

German Films


The Carmel International Film Competition
LARA by Jan Ole Gerster (Schiwago Filmproduktion)
Golden Anchor Competition
NOAH LAND by Cenk Ertürk (TK/DE/US, klinkerfilm)
Israeli Documentaries Competition
100 MILION VIEWS by Itamar Rose (IL/DE)
PHOTOGRAPH by Ritesh Batra (IN/DE/US, Pola Pandora)
FAREWELL TO THE NIGHT by André Téchiné (FR/DE, Films Boutique)
THE TRAITOR by Marco Bellocchio (IT/FR/BR/DE, Match Factory Productions)
BALLOON by Michael Bully Herbig (herbX film, STUDIOCANAL, Seven Pictures Film)
THE INNOCENT (DER UNSCHULDIGE) by Simon Jaquemet (CH/DE, augenschein Filmproduktion)
East of the West
THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA by Syllas Tzoumerkas (GR/DE/NL/SE, unafilm)
Documentary Cinema
GAZA by Garry Keane, Andrew McConnell (CA/IE/DE, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion)
Between Jewish and Israeli Identity
THE COLLINI CASE (DER FALL COLLINI) by Marco Kreuzpaintner (Constantin Film Produktion)
Israeli Cinema – Special Screenings
LOVE TRILOGY: CHAINED by Yaron Shani (IL/DE, The Post Republic)
LOVE TRILOGY: STRIPPED by Yaron Shani (IL/DE, The Post Republic)

Number of Films Shown 280

Media Coverage Journalists from Israel and abroad (TV, radio, newspaper)

Evaluation The festival has been established as a very succesful and well-attended audience event with the focus on "auteur" films. The screenings are mostly packed even during the day because of the "Holy Week" (several religious holidays succeed). Beside of Israeli distributors, several film industry professionals attend the festival. The main screening venue is the Auditorium, located at the Cinematheque in the university district. The festival hosts well attended open air screenings in front of the Auditorium.

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