Create modern artwork inspired by Jane Austen's beloved comedy, Emma

Creators Selected On
March 6, 2020

Emma is a new film adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved comedy of the same name. Directed by Autumn de Wilde and written by Eleanor Catton, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn and Bill Nighy. Following the comedic themes of Emma, Focus Features is creating an art activation campaign for the film’s release, and they want to collaborate with you!

Create illustrations that highlight the characters of Highbury or express the charming comedic aspect of the film, bringing a modern twist.

Whether it’s an illustration, digital painting, or an alternative poster design, the judges are looking for art that embraces the fresh take on the story of Emma. Check out the film’s trailer, social handles (links below), and asset pack for more visual inspiration. Creators may depict the likenesses of the characters in Emma and may include Emma's title treatment logo in their artwork.

4 pieces of work will be chosen as Selected Creators, and each will receive $1,500.

about emma
Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

the incentives
4 pieces of artwork, as chosen by Focus Features, will be selected. The Selected Creators will:
  • Potentially have their work featured in the Emma marketing campaign, including digital, print materials and merchandise channels
  • Receive $1,500 for each piece selected
creative brief guidelines
  • Who is eligible: This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age and the age of majority at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Each creator may submit up to 10 submissions. Creator teams allowed.
  • Submissions will not be visible to the public until after the announcement.
  • Please note, that during the Submission Period, your submission may be featured on Emma's social media channels with credit given to the Creator.
  • How to submit: Click on the ‘Participate’ tab and follow the instructions. Your work must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max. size 10 MB. Please retain your original layered AI or PSD files in the highest quality possible. Only static digital work. Please, no photography or video.
  • Creators should retain their original artwork files in the highest quality possible but designs must be submitted in JPEG or PNG, max. size 10MB.
  • If you are selected, you will have to supply your artwork as a layered artwork file in AI or PSD (high-res, CMYK and 300dpi minimum).
  • All submissions must be original artwork which is not inspired by or based on third-party artwork (and may not contain third party materials or intellectual property and/or stock materials, and must be free-and-clear of any and all third-party rights). Please, no photography or video.
  • Creators may depict the likenesses of the characters in Emma and may include Emma's title treatment logo in their artwork. All rights in and to the characters, title treatment logo, and asset pack provided are reserved by Focus Features.
  • Creator's copyright in the artwork is subject to and restricted by Focus Features' underlying rights in Emma's IP defined in the Official Rules, and entrants may make only personal non-commercial use (e.g. portfolio purposes and digital channels) of the submissions without express written consent from Focus Features. In no event, may an entrant obtain a fee, royalty, advertising revenue, or any other payment for the art created pursuant to this Creative Brief.
  • The Non-Selected Creators retain the copyright as to the original elements only in their artwork, subject to Focus Features’ intellectual property rights to the motion picture elements. By entering the Creative Brief, each Creator grants to Focus Features a worldwide, unrestricted, non-exclusive, royalty-free license for one (1) year to use the submitted artwork across Focus Features’ various marketing platforms in association with the advertising, marketing and promotion of Emma including without limitation digital and marketing channels. Focus Features will use its best efforts to provide all Creators with credit for their artwork.
  • If you are a ‘Selected Creator’ (defined in Official Rules below), you will be required to assign all rights, title and interest in and to the selected work to Focus Features and their licensees for the specified incentives. Upon selection, you will be required to sign an Assignment and Release Form and the Awardee Agreement.
  • Selected Creators may be asked to modify their artwork up to 2 times to fit production requirements.
  • Please provide an active email address when registering with Talenthouse to ensure you can be contacted should you be selected.
  • During the selection period, Talenthouse will reach out to those being shortlisted. You must respond to Talenthouse within forty-eight (48) hours or else you will forfeit all incentives. For the verification, you will be asked to provide the original files of your artwork and a scan of your ID.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief, these guidelines or Official Rules (see below).
  • Sponsor: TLNT Group LLC.
how focus features will choose
Focus Features will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one that meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines, and Official Rules.

All eligible submissions received will be judged according to the following equally weighted judging criteria: 25% substance; 25% creativity; 25% originality, and 25% adherence to the Emma theme.
Key Dates
  • Launch:
    January 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM
  • Submission Deadline:
    February 17, 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • Creators Selected:
    March 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM
All times are in Pacific Time.