Film Noir: The genre´s DNA

In Extra | 1.4.2019


Nighthawks – Edward Hopper, 1942

Film noir is a cinematic term used to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classic film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s.

In order to establish certain guidelines, we inform all applicants that works following the guidelines below will be given preference.


  • Prevalence of night or day sequences of intense contrast (color, climate, etc.)
  • Photography that emphasizes chiaroscuros, shadows, penumbra, etc.
  • Rain, fog, cold or other oppressive environments.
  • Animation adhering to the foregoing criteria will also be accepted.


  • Critical view of politics and society
  • A dual view of reality
  • Corruption, fatal passions
  • Femme fatale, violent men
  • Unsolved mysteries
  • The doom of destiny
  • Flashback as a narrative resource
  • Animation with the aforementioned content.