Create a poster for the BFI Future Film Festival

Creators Selected On
November 17, 2015
The Brief
The 9th annual BFI Future Film Festival will launch February of 2016 in London. To celebrate the festival and all the new films, the British Film Institute (BFI) is looking to collaborate with an artist to refresh the creative suite and marketing materials.

illustrators and graphic designers from across the world are invited to design a poster capturing the spirit of the festival. The Selected Artist will then go on to design the creative suite of materials directly with the BFI creative team.

Artists are encouraged to explore the BFI's website and previous work to get a good knowledge of the brand and their style before submitting their poster design. The visual look of your poster will then be applied to all official marketing materials. See the full brief and the BFI brand guidelines and download other assets here.

This is the opportunity to showcase your design skills and create the identity for 2016's festival, receive $1,000, collaborate with the BFI creative team and gain invaluable exposure.

"We’re so excited to invite Talenthouse artists from around the world to create the artwork for BFI Future Film Festival 2016. Drawing in the brightest young filmmaking talent, the festival is the breeding ground for the filmmaking stars of tomorrow. We want to seek out a young and diverse audience with a passion for film to engage with the festival and with BFI."

- BFI creative team
Here are some important requirements regarding the poster.
  • The poster should be portrait 40” x 60”
  • Include the BFI logo in the top left corner (as per BFI branding guidelines)
  • Include the BFI Future Film Festival logo*
  • The poster should also include the dates of the festival '17 – 21 February 2016', the festival hashtag '#FFF16' and this copy: 'The ultimate film festival for 16 – 25 year olds, packed with short film screenings, workshops and masterclasses'
See the full brief from the BFI team here and download logos here.

*The typography and spacing (letter/word/line) need to stay the same but color, background, shadow, fill can be altered.
The Career Opportunity
Five Artists as selected by the BFI and their panel of guest judges will be shortlisted by the BFI's programming and creative team to present their ideas either in person or via Skype.

One Overall Selected Artist
(from the five shortlisted candidates) will receive:
  • An invitation to collaborate with the BFI creative team in London between November 23 and December 4 2015* to produce the full suite of creative assets for the Future Film Festival 2016
  • Their designs used as the official graphics for the BFI Future Film Festival 2016
  • Exposure via the BFI's social channels as well as at the festival itself
  • $1,000
Four Shortlisted Artists will receive:
  • Exposure via the official Future Film Festival channels
  • The experience of pitching their work to the BFI creative team
*A budget of $1,500 for travel and accommodation will be provided.
About the BFI
The BFI (British Film Institute) was founded in 1933. A charity governed by a Royal Charter, it combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. It awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

About the Future Film Festival
Between 17 - 21 February 2016, London will welcome the 9th annual BFI Future Film Festival. The festival showcases the best short films from talented young filmmakers aged 16-25 from across the UK and around the world and hosts practical workshops and masterclasses, industry Q+A's and networking for the filmmakers of tomorrow. The festival has grown in stature and size since it began in 2008, and this year promises to be 'bigger and better than ever'.

Meet The Judges
Noel Goodwin
Noel has worked at BFI since 2008, supporting young people and emerging young talent through the Future Film Programme which includes the Future Film Festival and monthly Raw Shorts events. He is currently Education Strategy Manager at BFI, and is working with organisations in the UK and around the world to support young filmmakers develop their talents, access opportunities, and raise the profile of emerging young filmmaking communities.
Michelle White
Michelle White has worked in the cultural events sector for over fifteen years and is currently Head of Events and Production for the BFI. For the past eight years Michelle has worked closely with her BFI Education colleagues shaping and developing the BFI’s Festival for emerging talent aged between 15-25 – The Future Film Festival. With a passion for creating events that reach out to diverse audiences and enable young people from all backgrounds to connect and explore the world of film Michelle is currently working with the BFI programming and education teams devising new event content to further fulfil these goals.
Clare Stewart
Clare Stewart’s twenty year programming career has encompassed leadership roles as Festival Director, Sydney Film Festival (2006-2011) and the inaugural Head of Film Programs at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne (2002-2006) as well as various roles at the Australian Film Institute (1996-2001), including Exhibition Manager, and programmer and Committee Member of the Melbourne Cinémathèque (1995-2002). She has been BFI Head of Cinemas and Festivals since October 2011.
Sebastian Stern
Sebastian Stern has worked in arts marketing for eight years, across both theatre and film. Since joining the BFI over a year ago he has been creating and implementing marketing strategy for the BFI Southbank, including major seasons, director and actor retrospectives and the future Film Festival.
Darren Wood
Darren has worked in the cultural sector for nearly twenty years, creating marketing campaigns for theatre, dance and film. He was Marketing Manager at Sadler’s Wells theatre 1998 – 2003 and has worked in the Communications team at the BFI since 2003. He currently manages the BFI’s Creative Services team, with responsibility for the organisation’s brand and design outputs.
Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw, Director of Marketing, Communications and Audiences leads the BFI’s comms and audience teams, working across its venues, DVD label, theatrical distribution, festivals and BFI Lottery Film funding. He began his career at Hull New Theatre where he was marketing manager for two years. In the mid 80s he joined the National Theatre as promotions manager, before moving to the English National Ballet in 1989 to become Director of Marketing and subsequently Deputy Executive Director. He joined the Royal Opera House as Director of Marketing to lead on marketing and public engagement strategy for the refurbishment and launch of its Covent Garden flagship building. For 10 years prior to joining BFI he was Executive Producer and Head of Development at Lion Television where he has developed and created content for UK and international broadcasters.
Creative Invite Guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Artists should retain their original artwork files (in 300dpi) but designs must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max size 5MB.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright materials).
  • Submitted work should meet all requirements outlined in The Poster section and BFI branding guidelines. See the full brief from the BFI team here and download logos and assets here.
  • Artists that are not selected will not give up any rights to their work, however the BFI has the right to promote their work on official channels in connection with this Creative Invite. All artists will be credited accordingly.
  • The copyright for the selected submission and the commissioned work shall be owned by the BFI. The Selected Artist will have to sign a Consultant Agreement with the BFI. In return, the Selected Artist will receive credits and the specified incentives.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • The Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within two days of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions, as well as submissions that do not fit the brief or guidelines, will be removed.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
How the BFI Will Choose
The BFI and their guest judges will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    September 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Submission Deadline:
    October 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    October 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    November 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
All times are in Pacific Time.