By José Alberto Hermosillo
Every year, film festivals create a commemorative poster to celebrate the festival's culture, heritage, and diversity and showcase the selected newest projects to the public. In those festivals where the magic happens, artists travel hundreds of miles to meet the press and other filmmakers and to hear the public's opinion about their films, shorts, documentaries, and series.
After three years of the pandemic, audiences returned to the theaters in full swing. The fact that audiences rebounded to the movie theaters inspired creators, artists, and graphic designers to compose numerous colorful pieces, alluring the event with stunning results.
Festival in LA has chosen fifty out of five hundred outstanding works from around the world as the best film festival posters of 2023.
In the selection process, we followed five basic principles in graphic design: alignment, repetition, contrast, hierarchy, and balance. The essential information in the headline, such as order, colors, size, and perspective, is crucial. Other vital factors are focal point, harmony, balance, and positive impact.
In 2023, the posters were colorful and festive. The selection includes less-known film festivals, and for the first time in nine years, the most prestigious film festivals reached the higher positions on the list, achieving excellence to validate their hard work.
This year, the number one spot went to Award-winning Mexican animator and filmmaker Jorge R. Gutierrez (“The Book of Life”), who created a masterful, colorful, and joyful piece with elements referring to the festivities of “Día de los Muertos,” where the “Cantrina” and many other happy Mexicans ready to mingle arrive to Lake Annecy. It represents what a film festival is about - a festivity for all.
Cannes 2023 brought us a more sophisticated black-and-white design featuring French actress Catherine Deneuve. Athens's poster design is a vivid explosion of colors, art, and passion. San Sebastian gave tribute to one of their own, Academy Award-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem, with a gorgeous mirror effect and perfect balance.
Venice took us to the road with an imaginative and colorful project by legendary Italian artist Lorenzo Mattotti, who has been featured twice in this edition and in previous years. The Oscar-qualifying shot film festival HollyShorts in Hollywood has become a new player in graphics. Berlin's graphics are top-notch.
Enjoy the outstanding selection of The World Best Film Festival Poster 2023.
Padre Pio: Shia LaBeouf Internal Transformation
“In Viaggio: The Travels of Pope Francis” A Message of Hope
Joyland: A Cinematic Rejoice from Pakistan
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, Children Bhutan’s Hidden Treasure
Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller’s Lavish Genie Tale
Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris, The British Cleaning Lady to the Dior House
Violette, When Women Dare to Write
Cezanne and I, An Extraordinary Journey of Art and Friendship
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
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