Everything starts in Paris 16 years ago. The idea was, to bring forward another kind of cinema, strange, complex, surprising, independent and innovative, a cinema in the same time engaged in the urgent questions of our societies as in developing new ways to represent reality. Each year we are able to present national, but also international and world premiers during 10 screening days with around 250 films coming from around 50 countries.

Since 2003 the International Festival SIGNES DE NUIT is active
worldwide. In these last years we have presented some thousand films
from around 75 countries in our principal yearly festivals and on the
same time in around 140 programs in collaboration
with cultural institutions and festivals in up to now 34 countries,
among those Algeria, Australia, Chile, Cuba, Hungary, Indonesia,
Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey,
United States ...

Up from 2015 the festival has been transformed in a multinational festival
taking place in different countries and continents, with always
different festival structures, selections, juries etc.

The International Festival SIGNES DE NUIT (SIGNS OF THE NIGHT) is made up of films, which reflects new views, original imagery and critical approach to the
crucial points of the modern human existence. It is a place for cinema
that expands its own boundaries, that is astonishing,
different, potentially free from the pressure of tradition, ready to
give itself to the unpredictable experimentation.
For each festival we compose new programs and invite a different jury.

* Short Films *

Without restriction

The Signs Award honors films, which treat an important subject in an
original and convincing way.

The Night Award honors films, which are able to balance ambiguity and
complexity characterised by enigmatic mysteriousness and subtleness,
which keeps mind and consideration moving.

The Edward Snowden Award hounors films, which offer sensible (mostly)
unknown informations, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for
which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.


* Documentaries *

Without restriction. Just the film you estimate as the most important one.

The Signs Award for Documentary honors films, which express in a
surprising way sensible and perturbing aspects of reality.
The Night Award for Documentary honors films, which represent reality
in an ambivalent and enigmatic way, avoiding stereotypes of
representation and simple conclusions.

The Edward Snowden Award honors films, which offer sensible (mostly)
unknown informations, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for
which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.

For the Short Film competition max lengh 30 min.
For the Cinema in Trangression ("Experimental") and the Documentary
Competition no limitation (short and long).

For the Focus programs (thematical, regional) no limitation

For the competition programs the production year should not be older
as 2019, for the focus programs not older as 2015.

In the case your film hab been choosen, we will contact you asking for a
screening copy.

Also if your film is not choosen immedialtly, it can be choosen later
for another upcoming festival organized by us during the year (in
another town/country). We will ask for permission in this case.

With the submission on this platform you give automatically the screening permission of your film to the festival. The festival can integrate your film in it's actual edition without further permissions from your side. You also can't add other condition for the screening permission (for exampleas fee requests etc.). In the case we will not receive a screening copy in better technical quality, we will screen the submission file

We can't send back dvds, blurays, usb keys, hard disc ect.

Overall Rating
  • Nicole Romine

    It is such an honor to be part of the 18e Signes de Nuit festival. The programming is artistic, cutting edge, and unique among festivals. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of it.

    October 2020
  • Przemek Węgrzyn

    I am honored to be selected. The festival has a long established reputation for the quality of films and its experimental spirit. Highly recommended!

    July 2020
  • Chloé Dupeyrat

    Superbe festival qui offre de nombreuses opportunités. L’expérience était très intéressante. Bonne communication

    June 2020
  • Cengiz Akaygün

    I felt honored to be a Part of the Festival.

    October 2019
  • Eric Tsang

    I am honored to receive an award from the festival which gives me big support and recognization in my career of experimental filmmaking.

    October 2019