Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino
International Festival Signs of the Night - Urbino
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17° Festival internazionale Segni della Notte - Urbino (3° Editione) - November 26-30, 2019



* * * SHORT VERSION * * *

The "Festival Internazionale Segni della Notte"uses the media of documentaries and short films to deliver specific information, inside views, and problematics of our societies today. A critical approach is preferred, dealing with social, political, psychological, philosophical, and technological problematics. The aim is to offer knowledge and to create cultural tolerance. The festival prefers films, which also artistically reflect on the possibilities of reality representation and manipulation. Languages more complex than linear and narrative ones are welcome. Urbino, as a town, which historically represents the fruitful synthesis of science and art, seems to us an ideal place to realize the festival.


* * * HISTORY * * *

Since 2003 the "Festival International Signes de Nuit" (Signs of the Night) has been active in Paris and worldwide. In the last few years we have presented some thousand films from around 70 countries in our generally yearly festivals and at the same time in around 140 programs in collaboration with cultural institutions and festivals in 33 countries with more to come, among them Algeria, Australia, Chile, Cuba, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Peru, Russia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States.

In 2013 the festival became binational, and also takes place in Berlin and Saarbr├╝cken (Germany); since 2015 it has become a multinational festival also realized in Bangkok, Lisbon, Tucuman, and Urbino.


* * * CONCEPT * * *

The "Festival Internazionale Segni della Notte" presents films, which reflect new views, original imagery, and a critical approach to the crucial elements of 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 over to unpredictable experimentation.

The festival shows films and audio-visual works from all over the world, which test new audio-visual languages and at the same time treat current problems and the situations of present-day societies. The purpose is to establish a global communication, which will escape the simplifications of the mass media.

The special artistic forms of these films, which combine sound, image, movement, rhythm, text, space, surprising perspectives, and different time structures not only convey an aesthetic purpose, but also broaden the possibilities of communication and understanding among people coming from very different mental, social, and psychological backgrounds. To create this international sensitization in opposition to the negative consequences of mass communication and stereotypes seems to us a necessary responsibility of current cinema and audio-visual production.

The minor costs of digital production allow a worldwide production independent of both commercial influences and any kind of censorship. These independent productions create an alternative, an artistic space both very subtle and accessible to all, in contrast to what the mass media offer. The festival's responsibility in the new flood of images is to select those of cultural significance and knowledge transmission.

To establish such a free cultural space is the goal of the International Festival Signes de Nuit.


* * * INTENTION * * *

Our objective is to establish a free cultural space for international communication and transmission, to create cultural awareness of differences and nuances of mental and psychological forms of expression and lifestyles based on specific social conditions. In other words, we are focused on themes concerning the ongoing worldwide technical and cultural transformations in our current societies, and looking for works treating these aspects from a complex artistic viewpoint.

The cinematographic and audio-visual media allow this exchange. The festival is the form of its concretization, consolidation, and reflection. In this sense, we want to create more than just a festival among many others. We want to establish a cultural forum of communication and transmission, which isn't provided by other media (mass media, social networks, etc.).