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Awards Details

SiGNS is a pioneering festival in India for digital videos featuring national level competition for documentaries and short fiction for the prestigious John Abraham National Awards.

John Abraham Awards was instituted in 1999 by the Kerala Region of Federation of Film Societies of India in memory of John Abraham, the filmmaker who was the guiding spirit behind radical initiatives for people’s cinema.

From 2005, the competition was extended to the national level, and the festival was renamed as SiGNS, with a focus on documentary and short films in video format. In to its 12th edition this year SiGNS has carved a niche for itself in the festival map in India.

The 14th edition of SiGNS will be organised online from March 16 to 26, and the jury members are eminent filmmakers Suma Josson, Amudhan and Surabhi Sharma

Short Feature

  • Documentaries
  • Cinema of Resistance (Duration less than 70 minutes)
    (Award for the best short feature/documentary on subjects like state oppression, human rights, environmental issues, gender equality, social/cultural identity etc.)
  • Cinema Experimenta
    (Award for the best experimental attempt)
  • FFSI Jury Awards for best Documentary & Short Film in Malayalam made in Kerala
    [The awards for Cinema of Resistance and Cinema Experimenta are irrespective of category.]


  • Best Short Feature: Rs. 50,000
  • Best Documentary: Rs. 50,000
  • Cinema of Resistance: Rs. 25,000
  • Cinema Experimenta : RS. 25000
  • FFSI Jury Awards for best Documentary & Short Film in Malayalam made in Kerala : Rs. 10000 each

Registration of Delegates:

The delegates who want to participate in the festival can register at Register Now

Master Classes by Amudhan, Suma Josson
Workshop on Documentary Filmmaking workshop led by KP Jayasankar, Anjali Monteiro, Amudhan and Suma Josson on March 23 & 24

The participation for the workshop will be limited and subject to registration