Haifa International Film Festival

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The Haifa International Film Festival is an annual film festival that takes place every autumn (between late September and late October [1] ), during the week-long holiday of Sukkot, in Haifa, Israel.



The festival was inaugurated in 1983 [2] and was the first of its kind in Israel. [3] Over the years, it has become the country's major cinematic event. [4]

The Haifa International Film Festival attracts a wide audience of film-goers and media professionals from Israel and abroad. [1] Throughout the week, special screenings are held of c.170 new films. [2] Apart from movies screened around the clock at seven theaters, the festival features open-air screenings. Film categories include feature films, documentaries, animation, short films, retrospectives and tributes. [5]

The Board of Directors is composed of film and culture professionals and public figures.[ citation needed ] The festival is underwritten by the City of Haifa, the Ministry of Education, [6] the Israeli Film Council, and the European Union, as well as commercial companies. [7]

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