taking fresh and distinctive independent films to wide audiences through festivals, specialist distribution and screen translation

About Us


Day for Night

We are a London based independent film company working across the film exhibition, distribution and screen translation sectors, occupying a niche position within the UK film industry. We take some of the freshest and most distinctive independent films to wide and diverse audiences across the UK and further afield, with the promotion of cultural diversity and accessibility at the core of our philosophy. We work with filmmakers, distributors, festivals, venues, and audiences, with the central aim of enabling broader access to visual culture through specialist distribution and curatorial projects.


‘Day for Night’ is the term applied to the cinematographic technique used to simulate night scenes by shooting in daylight through the use of filters and under-exposure.

Day for Night was the English title of François Truffaut’s film La Nuit américaine – his tribute to the filmmaking process and love affair with the seventh art. In the film itself, François Truffaut incarnates the role of the director, and his real-life alter ego Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the lead actor in this classic film within a film.



Sonali Joshi, Founder & Director

Sonali has almost two decades’ experience in film exhibition and education, distribution and screen translation in the UK as well as in France, Denmark and Asia. She holds a PhD in Cinema Studies (University of Glasgow) and MA in Media & Communications (Goldsmiths, University of London). Her PhD focused on iconic French actor Jean Pierre Léaud and Star Studies.

Sonali first discovered cinema at the spectacular 1930s Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle, being taken to watch classic Indian films there from a young age. However, her real introduction to the seventh art came when she first saw François Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cent Coups as a teenager, the start of a long relationship with French cinema, la Nouvelle Vague and cinema beyond.

Sonali began her career working in the film programming department of Manchester’s vibrant arts centre Cornerhouse (now HOME). She then moved into film distribution, working on various high-profile releases for independent distributors in Paris (Ideale Audience, Les Films du Paradoxe, Hachette Filipacchi), while taking every opportunity to discover the many wonderful arthouse cinemas on offer in the French capital. Following her time in Paris, Sonali went on to set up the foreign language subtitling department of a former leading post-production house in London (IBF).

She established Day for Night in 2006, drawing together her interests and diverse background in film festivals, distribution and screen translation. Whilst based in London, Sonali has spent extended periods working abroad since then – returning to Paris, as well as in Copenhagen and various cities in Asia – drawing from a range of varied cultural experiences and working practices which have strongly informed Day for Night’s philosophy.

Sonali has worked extensively on festivals and curatorial projects, having previously worked on ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival (Manchester), Northern Lights Film Festival (Newcastle) and as Artistic Director of Pan-Asia Film Festival (London) among others. She is currently Festival Director of Nordic-Baltic Film Festival (UK) which just completed its 5th edition at the end of 2016, and is an advisor for Dharamsala International Film Festival (India). Other current curatorial projects include a season of Indian films marking 70 years of independence and partition entitled ‘India at 70′ taking place from the latter part of 2017 into 2018, and a Jean Pierre Léaud retrospective taking place in 2018. She is also Co-founder of a new festival of Asian cinema, set to launch in the UK in early 2018.

Sonali is a highly experienced subtitler, having worked in subtitling in tandem with her work in film. She has over 16 years’ experience in managing multi-language audio-visual projects, French>English and English>English/hard-of-hearing subtitling, as well as offering technical and linguistic advice to independent filmmakers, producers,  distributors, festivals and venues.

Sonali regularly participates in international conferences on Cinema Studies. She continues her academic work alongside her professional practice, regularly giving guest lectures on Film Distribution, Film Festival Studies, and Subtitling at various UK universities and abroad, while also regularly introducing screenings and hosting filmmaker Q&As.