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NOV 2-5, 2023
HOLLYWOOD

It’s Time to RISE!

Hello! I’m CJ Jones and I’m very excited to introduce you to SignLight International Film Festival! I founded this festival to connect Deaf filmmakers with the industry and create an authentic space for Deaf Filmmakers! Come to this festival to experience a dedicated space to showcasing our work, to meet with the best of best in Deaf filmmaking and create future opportunities! 

OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS NOVEMBER 4

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For Fans
If you are captivated by Sign Language, a friend of the Deaf Community, or an avid film fan, come ready to be immersed in a world of inspiration!

SignLight
International
Film Festival

is the only industry-centered film festival exclusively dedicated to the work of Deaf filmmakers from around the globe.


For Filmmakers
If you’re a Deaf filmmaker or made a film with Deaf crew and/or cast featuring any of the world’s 200+ sign languages, submitting to this film festival is a MUST!  

For the Industry
If you support inclusion and are eager to produce authentic works from previously overlooked communities, join us. Find untold stories, discover rising talent, and expand your POV!

THE LOCATION

All four days of this groundbreaking festival will be held at Los Angeles’ landmark PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER in the center of West Hollywood. 

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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Filmakers Welcome Reception

Enjoy dinner & wine as you mix & mingle with your fellow filmmakers, festival sponsors, industry guests, and the festival team in the Silver Screen Theater lobby.  After dinner, enter the theater for an exclusive screening and return to the lobby for more conversation and desserts

Seminars, Presentations, Workshops

Deaf and hearing producers, directors, writers, editors, studio executives, Sign Language directors and other key professionals share their knowledge and best practices in a variety of Q&A, panels, and participation sessions. 

Gala
Awards Ceremony

All award-eligible films will be reviewed by expert panels of Hollywood and Deaf Community professionals.  Award winners will be announced, and all participants celebrated, at the live-streamed gala concluding ceremony, featuring on-stage performances by Deaf Talent from around the world.  

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AWARD
ELIGIBILITY

Jan 2020 -

Oct 2023

Films created during this time period are eligible for award consideration and will be screened in the Pacific Design Center’s state-of-the-art SilverScreen Theater. 

SPECIAL
SHOWCASE

2019
OR PRIOR

Films created in 2019 or prior are not eligible for award consideration but are welcome. If accepted, these films will be screened one or more times in one of our special showcase rooms. 

SCREENINGS

A SPECIAL NOTE OF GRATITUDE TO

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for its vigorous support of diversity and inclusivity in arts and entertainment, and for providing the funds enabling SignLight, Inc. to establish the SignLight International Film Festival. 

A BIG THANKS TO

Jean Marie Russo
of Speaking of Success, Inc.

for her effervescent enthusiasm, eternal encouragement, 
and exceptional generosity in becoming our first Visionary Sponsor!

The festival is produced by SignWorld Studios’ nonprofit training, advocacy, and industry-service subsidiary SignLight, Inc.

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