International Festival Signs of the Night - Lisbon

FISDN // International Festival Signs of the Night Lisbon

4th edition

Jan 04 - Jan 07, 2021
Lisbon, Portugal

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Docu-feature, Documentary, Experimental, Hybrids, Narrative fiction, Student
Film length
Genre Alternative, Art, Avantgarde, Biography, Comedy drama, Culture, Environmental, Fantasy, Health, History, Human rights, Independent, Mystery, Nature, News, , Realism, Reality, Road Trip, Science, Science fiction, Silent movie, Social issues, Surreal, Transgender, Underground, Urban, War

Mission / description Tags:
New views, Original imagery, Critical approach, Crucial points, Modern human existence, Strangness, expending boundaries, Celebrating confrontations, Informatons, Surprising Knowledge, Tolerance, Sensibilisation, Cultural differences, Independence, Individuality, Provocations, Unpredictable experimentation, Engagement

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, and other places. 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, 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.


* * * AWARDS * * *

* 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 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.


* 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.




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Class Founded: 2003
Festival category: B (international relevance, international player)
Dates Open call: Nov 21, 2018

Early bird deadline: Dec 27, 2018
Regular deadline: Dec 27, 2018
Late deadline: Dec 27, 2018

Notification date: Nov 18, 2017

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Fees Fees range from 8.00 to 15.00 EUR (0.00 to 0.00 USD) . See submission categories for details about fees.
Awards Total prize money: 0.00 USD
Other prizes: Declaration of awards by International Juries
General rules Rules and Terms

* 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 (thematic, 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 chosen immedialtely, 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 in Lisboa. 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.