The 19° Festival International Signes de Nuit will take place in from October 1-10, 2021

This years edition will be for well known security reasons an ONLINE EDITION.

The selected films will be presented during two days. They will be password and download protected.

Everything starts in Paris 19 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.

Founded in 2003 in Paris the International Festival SIGNES DE NUIT had become a multinational meeting place and is today active in form of competition and focus programs in Berlin, Lisbon, Bangkok, Urbino and Tucuman. In these last years we have presented some thousand films from around 70 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 35 countries, among those Algeria, Armenia, Australia, Chile, Cuba, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, United States ...

The intention of the festival is to search and present films, which reflects new views, original imagery and critical approach to the crucial points of the modern human existence. It looks for astonishing, strange, surprising and sometimes provocative works. It is a place for cinema that expands its own boundaries, celebrating confrontations, tolerance and sensitivity for cultural differences, independence and individuality, ready to open up for unpredictable experimentation.

For each festival we compose new programs and invite a different jury.

The Festival presents films, which reflect new views, original imagery, and a critical approach to the crucial elements of modern and actual 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 over to unpredictable experimentation. New aesthetics are welcome.

* Short Films *

MAIN AWARD
Without restriction

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

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

EDWARD SNOWDEN AWARD (Optional)
The Edward Snowden Award honours films, which offer sensible (mostly)
unknown information, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for
which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.

JURY AWARD (optional)
The jury can declare one Special Award for a special aspect or capacity of a film.

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* Documentaries *

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

SIGNES AWARD
The Signs Award for Documentary honours films, which express in a
surprising way sensible and perturbing aspects of reality.

NIGHT AWARD
The Night Award for Documentary honours films, which represent reality
in an ambivalent and enigmatic way, avoiding stereotypes of
representation and simple conclusions.

EDWARD SNOWDEN AWARD (Optional)
The Edward Snowden Award honours films, which offer sensible (mostly)
unknown information, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for
which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.

JURY AWARD (optional)
The jury can declare one Special Award for a special aspect or capacity of a film.

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

For the Focus programs (thematic, regional) no limitation

For the competition programs the production year should not be older
than 2019, for the focus programs not older than 2016.

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

Also if your film is not chosen immediately, it can be chosen 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 examples fee requests etc.). In the case we will not receive a screening copy in better technical quality, we will screen the submission file
version.

We can't send back DVDs, BLURAYs, USB keys, hard disc etc.

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  • Elena Stanisheva

    We are proud that our film SNAKE was in the official selection of the 18th International Film Festival “SIGNES DE NUIT”! It is a great festival that has a beautiful mixture of captivating artistic films. My recommendation!

    January 2021
  • Prashant Thakker

    Despite the pandemic, Dieter Wieczorek and his team delivered a seamless, on-line festival. Thank you for including our film, The Woman Under The Tree as a part of this year's line-up.

    November 2020
  • 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