The Haifa International Film Festival is held each year during the holiday of Sukkot on the ridge of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Festival was founded in 1983 and was the first of its kind in Israel. Over the years, the Festival became the biggest and most important film celebration in Israel. The festival attracts some 300,000 visitors, who attend 280 screenings of new films from all over the world, 70 of which are Israeli, from all genres, presented by their creators. About 300 guests from the national and international industry are hosted by the festival. These festival guests meet the audience and colleagues in talks between screenings, receptions in the festival garden, masterclass workshops and international conventions.