The 8° Festival Internacional Signes da Noite - Urbino (21th International Festival Signs of the Night - Italy) will take place in from April 10-14 in Urbino, Italy.

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, Berlin, 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 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. Beside conventional aesthetics we want to give access to astonishing, strange, surprising and sometimes provocative works, for a cinema that expands its own boundaries, celebrating confrontations, tolerance and sensitivity for cultural differences, independence and individuality, ready to open up for unpredictable experimentation. In short: new aesthetics are welcome.

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


Main Award
Without 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 information, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for
which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.

Every international jury can declare one Special Award for a special aspect or capacity of a film.



Without restriction.

The Signs Award for Documentary honors films, which express in a surprising and sensitive way the 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 sensitive (mostly)
unknown information, facts and phenomenons of eminent importance, for
which the festival wishes a wide proliferation in the future.

Every international jury can declare one Special Award for a special aspect or capacity of a film.

For the Cinema in Transgression ("Experimental") and the Documentary
Competition, no time limitation (short and long).

For the Short Film Competition, the max length is 30 min.

For the Focus programs (thematic, regional) no time limitation.

For the competition programs, the production year should not be older
than 2022, for the focus programs not older than 2018.

In the case your film is selected, 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 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 etc.

Overall Rating
  • Neri Ricci Lotteringi

    Couldn’t make it to the event but they have live screenings and the city of Urbino is a wonderful location

    March 2024
  • This is a special festival, if only because its director and organiser Dieter Wieczorek, I think, is an ardent supporter of live (real) non-marketable cinema, which is unfortunately becoming less and less in our world.
    The festival Segni della notte has good communication, great locations for screenings and a great selection of films. And as an artist, I'm especially grateful that my film was recognised in Rafael Santi's homeland.

    January 2024
  • charel fabry

    Thanks you guys for including my short film "Air Leak" in your festival.

    December 2023
  • I was unable to attend Segni della notte in person, but the programming at the Signs Of The Night festivals is always daring and exciting in what can otherwise seem a monoculture of cinema. (Especially in Europe, whose festivals have slid into alarming conformism.) Segni della notte, then, is crucial, in that it nurtures expression and imagination. Caretakers of edge. An important festival. Recommended.

    December 2023
  • Margaret Kane-Rowe

    I didn't get to attend. But the communication was great.

    December 2023