October 12-20: The 35th Haifa International Film Festival
The Haifa International Film Festival, the first such film festival in Israel, was inaugurated in 1983 and quickly gained a reputation as an important international cinematic event. The festival attracts some 300,000 visitors who attend the screenings of about 280 new films from around the world, live concerts and outdoor screenings for the whole family. The festival celebrates the artistic achievements in new Israeli cinema and its uncompromising, diverse character which addresses issues of Israeli society and pluralism. Some 300 guests from the Israeli and international film and television industry participate in the festival, meeting the audience, holding masterclasses and participating in industry workshops and competitions.
The Artistic Program
The Haifa International Film Festival’s artistic program is known for its high standards and quality and its emphasis on pluralism, co-existence and peace. The Festival strives each year to bring to Haifa the award-winning cinematic works from the top international film festivals and holds international film competitions with juries comprised of Israeli and international filmmakers, critics and academics.
The full program of events can be found here.