IdeasTap Film Poster Competition + Exhibition



WHEN: Mon 7 April – Sun 13 April


In association with Ideastap – we ran a competition for designers and illustrators to recreate film posters for iconic films by women directors. With over 135 entries, we were overwhelmed by the creative vision that these films inspired. Below are ten of the posters we felt best captured the cinematic vision of the films they depict. They will also be on display at the BFI Southbank during the festival.

Big | Penny Marshall

“The scene I’ve chosen to illustrate occurs when the two central characters, Josh and Susan, return home to Josh’s toy-filled apartment after a party. Each representing one side of the innocence versus experience moral tale, the tension of the scene is broken when the couple bounce together on the indoor trampoline, framed by the apartment’s windows from the outside. In my design the eyes of ‘Zoltar’, who granted Josh’s wish to be ‘Big’, watch on” – Adam Hayes

Winter's Bone | Debra Granik

“I think personally the movie is fascinating, and not been given the right amount of attention.  I wanted to over bring the atmosphere of the movie, the stillness, and the loneliness of the main character with in the story.” – Julia Noorsoo

American Psycho | Mary Harron

The contrast between Patrick Bateman’s well groomed, lavish life and his alternate life of murder and insanity really intrigued me. I loved how food is used in the film to show the elegance of the lifestyle Bateman lives. The opening sequence of the film where the food and desserts are being prepared and drizzled in blood red sauce heavily influenced my design’ – Philip Shelly

Point Break | Kathryn Bigelow

“Being 12 years old when Point Break came out is probably the reason why the film title jumped off the list at me. It’s not the most worthy but it sure was fun. A testosterone fuelled surf caper with Kathryn Bigelow at the helm. I thought I’d get this visual out before my childhood memories are tarnished by a poorly executed remake”  – Scott Woolston

American Psycho | Mary Harron

“‘American Psycho’ is one of my favourite films and books of all time so this brief was lots of fun to work on. Inspiration came from the challenge of creating a new poster without the iconic image of Patrick Bateman, stylistically influenced by my love of classic vintage horror B-Movie and exploitation film posters” – Kim Thompson

Cleo 9 to 5 | Agnes Varda

” love how Cléo wanders around Paris, killing time until she gets her test results, and I tried to capture her wandering in my poster” – Claudia Varosio

The Piano | Jane Campion

“I really loved the dark, sad mood of the Piano so I chose very muted colours. There’s so many themes in the film that are great and I wanted to include. The fallen key from the piano is meant to echo her finger and the unravelling lace of her sleeve that forms the title alludes to her composure and elegance coming apart” – Karolin Schnoor

Monsoon Wedding | Mira Nair

“The film is a about love in both its romantic and dark manifestations. If I could distill all the exuberance & conflict of this Punjabi wedding in a single iconic image it would be the marigold flower. Present in nearly every frame of the movie it represents both longing and celebration. I wanted to create a poster that was at once lush and and brooding to represent the range of emotions in the film” – Abeera Kamran

American Psycho | Mary Harron

“I was inspired by the idea that the corporate workers are all so similar and self-obsessed they are often mistaken for someone else and don’t really know who anyone is. This is key to the film’s interpretation of whether he is committing the murders and getting away with it or whether it was in fact all in his head” – Virginia Hodge

Winter's Bone | Debra Granik

“Ree is isolated, not just in her harsh environment but also buy her surrounding community. I wanted to capture the isolation of her predicament by an image consisting of her solely. She is alone in her battle to support her family. I felt it important to represent her Uncle Teardrop as even though at first he is portrayed as an aggressor, he ends up being her protector” – Paul Philips


Adrian Curry – Movie Poster of the Week, Mubi
Kate Gerova – Birds Eye View, Creative Director
Jo Duncombe – Birds Eye View, Marketing Events and PR


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Exhibition: BFI SOUTHBANK, 7-13 April



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