Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa
International Festival Signs of the Night- Lisbon

18° Festival internacional Signos da Noite - Lisboa (6° Edição) - December 27-31, 2020

Michèle Levieux


Michèle Levieux, film critic/ journalist. Born in 1946 in Paris, she began in the 60s as a journalist for Le Figaro and Télérama. She then was a TV critic for press agencies, TV magazines and a film critic for theory reviews (Ecran, la Revue du Cinéma...).

she is a film critic from the daily, l'Humanité. She is a specialist in long face-to-face interviews with cinema people. Photographer, programmer for various festivals and events of expérimental movies, silent cinema, filmmakers rétrospectives (in Russia, Brazil, Egypt...).

She participates in numerous juries around the world. She published on Douglas Sirk, Sacha Vierny, translated Mohsen Makhmalbaf's book "En Afghanistan, les Bouddhas n'ont pas été détruits, ils se sont écroulés de honte" (Fayard/ Paris, Brazil, Greece) illustrated photographies with Samira Makhmalbaf. She gratuated from Journalism School (Paris, 1968).

She received a Pegasus-Aleksandr-Khanjonkov Prize (Moskow, 1998) and Vera-Kholodnaya Award (Moskow, 2000). She is a FIPRESCI member, a UJC member, member of ACM's Commission (Aide aux Cinémas du Monde/ CNC-Institut français, Paris) and EFA member (European Film Academy, Berlin)

Mania Akbari
Iran - Great Britain

Mania Akbari (b. Tehran, 1974) is an internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI, Lon- don (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014), Cyprus Film Festival (2014) and Nottingham Contemporary UK (2018).

Her films have screened at festivals around the world and have received numerous awards including German Independence Honorary Award, Oldenberg (2014), Best Film, Digital Section, Venice Film Festival (2004), Nantes Special Public Award Best Film (2007) and Best Director and Best film at Kerala Film Festival (2007), Best Film and Best Actress, Barcelona Film Festival (2007). Akbari was exiled from Iran and currently lives and works in London, a theme addressed in ‘Life May Be’ (2014), co-directed with Mark Cousins. This film was released at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary at Edinburgh International Film Festival (2014) and Asia Pacific Film Festival (2014).

Akbari’s latest film ‘A Moon For My Father’, made in collaboration with British artist Douglas White, premiered at CPH:DOX where it won the NEW:VISION Award 2019. The film also received a FIPRESCI International Crit- ics Award at the Flying Broom Festival, Ankara.


Kees Brienen
Netherlands - Mexico


After traveling the globe for many years, Kees Brienen started studying filmmaking at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

At the same time he started organising film-events focussing on new developments in the language of moving images. After his graduation he continued organising film-festivals and film-events for many different organisations but mainly for IDFA (International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, since 1999) and poptempel Paradiso in Amsterdam, where he has also been responsible for programs related to the visual arts, electronic music and new media for 6 years.

Currently he is selecting films for the feature length competition for IDFA and he's working as 'director de programacion' for CinemaPlaneta.org, Latin America's largest and most important environmental film festival in Cuernavaca, Mexico. His passion for filmmaking has never faded, planning to shoot his next feature film in the summers of 2021…