As I went to SXSW, and am still behind in my blogging / working / sleeping because of SXSW, it seemed only natural that my POSTER FRIDAY should be about SXSW. So here we go:

The South by Southwest film festival—the only major film festival with this award—has presented an award for Excellence in Poster Design for the second year. This year’s winner is the poster on the left below, designed by the film’s British director Joseph Ernst, with assistance from Jack Newman. Personally, it’s kind of gross, but hey it’s a four-minute short film called Feeder about the various substances that are ingested over the course of a day, and it’s shot entirely from the inside of a mouth… so yeah, gross is about right. A tweet from All City Media, a British poster firm and supposedly contest judges, said “ok so I awarded Feeder best in show. Disturbing but original, a great concept that challenged how a film poster should work.” So there you have it. Oh and if you’re curious that copy line says “Feeder: a short film that will make you feel sick.”

The runner-up prize went to Amer designed by Gilles Vranckx.

Below is my favorite selection, Canal St Madam‘s poster. I love the way the image has been cut up to look like blinds, and the simplicity of the 2 colors. It’s somehow both a subtle poster and a very bold poster. It feels like you’d walk by it and read and register the idea without even trying, which, let’s face it, is exactly what you want to happen. I wasn’t surprised to find out that it was made by  method, a really great design firm based out of SF.

More of the posters below. Check out the contest’s Flickr page to see them all.

A big thanks to Chris for the great POSTER FRIDAY tip.


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