Haifa Arts Foundation supports the Festival since the beginning. The Foundation has helped various projects and productions. Later on, in an effort to encourage production of short films that deal with Haifa, in order to assist in documenting the life and history of the city, the Foundation distributed grants for screenplays and short, feature and documentary films, at the final stages of production, created by Haifa residents and/or taking place in the city. The Foundation also awarded prizes to Young Cinema films that competed during the Festival. In recent years, the Foundation gives the prize to first place winners in the Israeli Feature Film category. Haifa International Film Festival is held annually on Chol Hamoed Sukkot.