Radiant: Golden Opportunity

By Jo Phillips

State of the Art exhibition
State of the Art Cinema Competition

Are you an emerging creative talent? If so, a golden opportunity has arisen for you to win the golden ticket: the honour of designing a film poster for a UK cinema release later in 2013-14. Organised by UK film distributors, the competition invites young designers to submit their poster interpretation of a current film – either Frances Ha or Borrowed Time. Submissions are all displayed on an e-gallery, where a panel of industry experts will judge and make the final decision.

State of the Art Cinema Flyer
State of the Art Cinema exhibition

To find inspiration, one could visit the Film Distributors’ Association (FDA)’s free exhibition called State of the Art Cinema, which opens for 10 days at The Brick Lane Gallery Annexe this August. Under six broad themes of heroes and superheroes, Great Britain on screen, Comedy, Dramatic twists and turns, Suspense, and Family Animation; more than sixty artworks and images from a diverse range of films released in the U.K. this summer are on display. FDA President, Lord David Puttnam of Queensgate CBE said, “The range of images in the ‘State of the Art Cinema’ exhibition are proof positive that the dynamic arts of graphic design and photography are alive and kicking in today’s vibrant, digital world of film.”

Saul Bass A Life in Film Design by Jennifer Bass and Pat Kirkham published by Laurence King
‘Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design’ by Jennifer Bass & Pat Kirkham. Published by Laurence King

Alternatively, why not be pleasantly inspired by one of the greatest American designers of the 20th Century, Saul Bass? The book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design is designed by his daughter Jennifer Bass and written by Pat Kirkham. Containing more than 1,400 illustrations including a series of iconic film posters he created, it provides a comprehensive account of his compelling work.


Competition opens now and closes 20 September 2013. The ‘State of the Art Cinema’ exhibition opens 14-24 August, 2013 at The Brick Lane Gallery Annexe, Sclater Street, London E1. Visit stateoftheartcinema.com for further details.

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