Haifi has become a major cinematic event in Israel attracting wide audiences. Around 150 new films are screened at seven cinemas, and there are also open-air screenings. Categories include features, shorts, animation, documentaries, retrospectives and tributes.

Opening the festival is The Congress, a live action/animation film by Ari Folman that originally premiered at Cannes and is loosely based on Stanislaw Lem’s novel The Futurological Congress. In it, an aging actress with a disabled child enters into a deal with a film studio involving a digital version of herself.