01 february 31 March 2024



This festival was born in Niort in 2010, then, when it is included in the city's cultural policy in 2015, to notoriety increases and extends to the municipalities of the agglomeration with the participation of Niort Agglo.

The dates

  • End of February – beginning of March 2024 (dates to be confirmed)

Regards Noirs crime fiction festival

The thriller in all its forms: author meetings, signings, exhibitions, films and shows, the festival addresses its favorite theme in many aspects.

With the exception of a few meetings, the events are freely accessible.

The Clouzot Prize

Regards Noirs crime fiction festival

Since 2018, Regards Noirs is punctuated by the Clouzot Comics Prize. Created by the City of Niort, it aims to reward every year, a comic book artist adapted from a detective novel or a thriller. The name of this award comes fromHenri-Georges Clouzot, famous director born in Niort in 1907 and whose many films were adaptations of literary works. In 2018, the prize is sponsored by José-Louis Bocquet, godson of the director. It is delivered by Agnès Clouzot Begaud, niece of the director to Sébastien Goethals for “The Time of the Savages”, adaptation of the novel by Thomas Gunzig Manuel of survival for the use of the incapable.

The Poitevin author, who wrote “The Journey of Marcel Grob”, was, in turn, at Niort to award the 2019 prize to Anne-Caroline Pandolfo, screenwriter and Terkel Risbjerg, illustrator for Serena, adaptation of the American writer Ron Rash.
It's the designer-screenwriter Gaël Henry who won the 2020 prize with his comic book adaptation of the novel “Tropique de la violence”, a punchy book from Nathacha Appaanah, Fémina prize for high school students.
As jury president of the 2021 prize, he proclaims as elected the designer Recht for his album “La Cage aux cons” written by Angotti Bartelt and adapted from “Jardin du hunchback” published in a noir series, then in the Police Folio collection.

The Yellow Raven Polar Prize

It is a literary prize imagined in 2020. It is awarded by the reading club of the Regards Noirs festival, made up of passionate literature lovers. The first winner was Simone Gelin, author of Goodbye Lola published by Cairn.

Partner associations:

Niort in bubbles:

promoter of comics in Niort and organizer of a Prix Clouzot reading club.

In 813:

the oldest association of detective literature enthusiasts, publishing a quarterly review and organizing the annual Les 813 trophies prize which rewards writing highlighting French or foreign crime fiction.

Nomadic Books:

association receiving book donations and, in the summer, Quai de la Préfecture, in Niort, making them available free of charge to new readers.

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