The Top 10 Film Festivals 2015 Posters
Film Festivals have become an important platform for filmmakers to showcase their work. There are thousands of film festivals worldwide, but most filmmakers dream of having their films screened at the top 10 film festivals listed here; where they can boost their careers, rub elbows with film stars and meet …
Film Festivals have become an important platform for filmmakers to showcase their work. There are thousands of film festivals worldwide, but most filmmakers dream of having their films screened at the top 10 film festivals listed here; where they can boost their careers, rub elbows with film stars and meet their favorite directors. These festivals have been around for years and are established brands. Let’s look at one the most important items in the brand identity and marketing of the top 10 film festivals in the world: the festival poster.
Major film festivals often commission the creation of their posters to renowned graphic designers and other visual artists. For example, this year The New York Film Festival enlisted performance artist Laurie Anderson and Telluride Film Festival hired Belgian poster designer Laurent Durieux. Which ones stand out for you?
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
The Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world. Founded in 1946, it is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world and is one of the most publicised.
The 2015 festival poster featured Hollywood star and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, photographed by David Seymour. The poster was chosen to pay tribute to Bergman for her contributions to films and who also served as the Jury President at 1973 Cannes Film Festival.
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Berlin International Film Festival (German: Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin), also called the Berlinale, is one of the most reputable media events and one of the world’s “Big Three” film festivals (along with Venice and Cannes). It is held in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978. With around 320,000 tickets sold and 500,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly attended film festival worldwide based on attendance rates.
The official poster of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival was designed by the BOROS agency.
The Restrospective poster was designed by Pentagram Berlin
VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Italian: Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, “International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale”), founded in 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world.
Dedicated to art-house cinema, with the images of Antoine Doinel / Jean-Pierre Léaud and (in the foreground) of Nastassja Kinski, the poster for the 72nd Venice International Film Festival has been conceived and drawn for the fourth consecutive year by Simone Massi.
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a publicly attended film festival held each September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. TIFF starts the Thursday night after Labour Day (the first Monday in September in Canada) and lasts for eleven days. 2015 saw approximately 473,000 attendees, 5,400 industry professionals, and 1,200 journalists.
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
“The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.”
This year’s poster and new brand identity was designed by Mother Design. Based on the circle-heavy identity established by Pentagram in 2013, Mother Design has found an interesting way to use a circle by turning it into a moody, colorful eclipse graphic. Evoking the relative indie, groovy spirit of the festival and its movies. It’s a cool-looking visual device that works really well with typography on top and the jarring colors.
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL
The New York Film Festival has been a major film festival since it began in 1963 in New York. Founded with the mission to bring the best of world cinema to Lincoln Center, is the prime Cinema event of the Fall season.
Each year the Film Society of Lincoln Center commissions an artist to design the poster. In previous years the festival has attracted the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, and Cindy Sherman. This year, technological avant-gardist and performance artist Laurie Anderson joins this impressive lineup of artists.
TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL
The mission of the Tribeca Film Festival is to “enable the international film community and the general public to experience the power of film by redefining the film festival experience.” It was founded to celebrate New York City as a major filmmaking center and to contribute to the long-term recovery of lower Manhattan.
This year’s poster was designed by Alexander Antonyuk II.
South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year.
The 2015 SXSW official film poster was designed by graphic designer Anna Lian Tes.
TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL
Launched in 1973, The Telluride Film Festival is a film festival in Telluride, Colorado, US, that takes place annually over Labor Day Weekend in September.
Each year, an artist is selected to produce the poster art for the festival. A number of famous artists have accepted the commission, including Chuck Jones, David Salle, Doug and Mike Starn, Dottie Attie, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, Francesco Clemente, Dave McKean and Gary Larson. The sole requirement for the poster is that the word SHOW be featured. This is a tribute to a large illuminated sign which says “Show” and sits outside of the Sheridan Opera House, the festival venue where the Silver Medallions are awarded. This year’s poster was designed by Laurent Durieux
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), held annually in Seattle, Washington since 1976, is among the top film festivals in North America. Audiences have grown steadily; the 2006 festival had 160,000 attendees. In recent years, the SIFF has run for more than three weeks (24 days), in May/June, and features a diverse assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films and, in recent years, a strong contingent of documentaries.