The Pitching Forum and the Cinemarket spearhead Haifa's industry activities
by Fran Royo
- The 32th Haifa International Film Festival will deliver a high-quality and varied programme, including many events for industry professionals
Screenings, talks, meetings with professionals, industry events, masterclasses, exhibitions and outdoor activities are only some of the events in store for the 32nd edition of The Haifa International Film Festival, which will be held from 15 to 24 October.
The Pitching Forum will celebrate its 13th edition with the following projects: All of the Street Lights by Or Sigoli, Amuka by Sigalit Lifshitz and Shalom Hagar, Black Panthers, an animated film by Refael Balulu and Lavie Hitzig, Checkout by Jonathan Dekel and Shai Satran, Laces by Jacob Goldwasser, Love Your Neighbor by Sharon Bar Ziv, The Maiden of Ludmir by Yosepha Even Shoshan, The Man Disappeared by Jonathan Sagall, The Rat Pack, an animated film by Dani Raisfeld, Recruited Girl by Ami Livne, Terminal by Yoav Katz, The Voice of the Sea by Shai Carmeli Pollak and Niv Chachlili, and Welcome and...Our Condolences by Leon Prudovsky.
The sixth Haifa Cinemarket - Work In Progress will feature four different screenings: Outdoors by Asaf Saban, Family by Veronica Kedar, No Future by Roman Shomonov and Testament by Amichai Greenberg.
The “Mix” programme is open to industry professionals and will be held in English. This event features pitches of feature films developed under a special initiative for promoting joint creations by Jewish and Arab filmmakers. An international jury will select the winners of the GMFF production grant worth 250,000 NIS (approximately €59,390), and the Levin Family grant worth 40,000 NIS (approximately €9,500).
British director Martha Fiennes will present her new cutting-edge artistic project, Nativity, which tries to push the boundaries of art by merging film, visual arts and technology. She will present a masterclass on this unique artistic endeavour. Also taking place is the DocVR event, as part of which eight virtual reality shorts (both fiction and documentary) using 360 degree technology, which was developed by the Tisch and Sam Spiegel film school at Tel Aviv University, will be presented. The second Students Pitching Short Narrative Film will be held and feature student presentations for various awards. This is an initiative of the Gesher Multicultural Film Fund in collaboration with The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and the New Fund for Cinema and Television. Creators and actors will also have a chance to discuss the contemporary family hero, visual language and the evolution of a storyline from season to season in the third Haifa TV-Series Meeting.
The Haifa International Film Festival will also hold a training workshop focusing on participants’ creative preparation. The event will include a masterclass led by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the award-winning, critically acclaimed Iranian film director, writer, film editor, and producer, and János Szász, the Hungarian film director, screenwriter and theatre director. This will be followed by a pitch seminar with producer and editor Gary Cranner.