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

Who we are


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 film festivals, venues, filmmakers and audiences, with the central aim of enabling broader access to visual culture through distribution and curatorial projects.



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).

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 and la Nouvelle Vague.

Sonali began her career working in the film programming department of Manchester’s Cornerhouse cinema. 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). Following her time in Paris, Sonali went on to set up the foreign language subtitling department of a leading post-production house in London (IBF).

She established Day for Night in 2006, bringing 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 in creative curatorial management and production, having previously worked on Viva Spanish Film Festival, Northern Lights Film Festival and Artistic Director of Pan-Asia Film Festival. She is currently Festival Director of Nordic-Baltic Film Festival which just completed its 5th edition at the end of 2016. She is currently working on an idea for a collaboration on a new festival of Asian cinema, set to launch in the UK in 2018.

Sonali is a highly experienced subtitler which she has done 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 subtitling, as well as offering technical and linguistic consultancy to independent distributors, producers, filmmakers and arts venues.

Sonali regularly participates in international conferences on Cinema Studies, has given lectures on Film Festival Studies and Film Distribution at various UK universities, and regularly introduces film screenings and hosts filmmaker Q&As.