NOV 2-5, 2023
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!
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!
is the only industry-centered film festival exclusively dedicated to the work of Deaf filmmakers from around the globe.
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!
All four days of this groundbreaking festival will be held at Los Angeles’ landmark PACIFIC DESIGN CENTER in the center of West Hollywood.
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.
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.
Jan 2020 -
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.
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.
A SPECIAL NOTE OF GRATITUDE TO