Founded 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, Lisboa, Bangkok, Urbino, Tucuman and Urbino. 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 33 countries, among those Algeria, Atrmenia, Australia, Chile, Cuba, Hongary, 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 sensitisation 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.

Main Award
No restrictions

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

Night Award
The Night Award honors films, which are able to balance ambiguity and complexity, which keeps mind and consideration moving.

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

For the Focus programs (thematical, regional) no limitation

For the competition programs the production year should not be older
as 2017, for the focus programs not older as 2013.

In the case your film is chooses, 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 during the year (in another
country/town). In this case we will ask for your permission again.

With the submission on this platform you give automatically the
screening permission of your film to the festival for this actual
edition. The festival can integrate your film in its actual
edition without further permissions from your side. You also can't add
further condition for the screening permission (for example 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
  • Isabelle Nouzha

    Thank you for this great festival

    December 2019
  • Bea de Visser

    NICE! It looks for astonishing, strange, surprising and sometimes provocative works. Shout it over the rooftops!

    December 2019
  • Elke Margarete Lehrenkauss

    The festival shows fantastically curated film selection!

    December 2019
  • I have been happy to show two different films in this festival in two different years. Although I have not been able to attend, I thank the Festival for good communication and commitment to independent vision and meaningful work. Thanks Dieter for your hard work and leadership!

    April 2018
  • Mimi Garrard

    I wish I could have attended the festival. It was an honor to be selected. Thank you.

    April 2018