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EDITORIAL- 28/5/2009: FILM FESTIVAL POSTERS SUCK – PART 2

Last week’s editorial critical of film festival poster designs has drawn a few responses: the first one came from the New Zealand International Film Festival, who sent us a copy of their 2009 poster, which they reckon is pretty good. So do we ... but there are plenty out there which are not pretty, or good. Here are a few more.

The New Zealand International Film Festival which runs in Wellington from July 17 will travel around the country finishing in Whangarei in November. Until now each region has been promoted with the region’s name despite sharing a common programme and artwork since 2002. This year’s logo and poster artwork, developed by Wellington design company Ocean Design, reflects the theme of a travelling event. “Ocean have done an outstanding job refreshing the logo with the Festival taking the form of a luxury express train moving through a distinctively Kiwi townscape. Cinema has that ability to transport us to other places and times and this year’s logo is all about trains, boats and planes,” says Festival Director Bill Gosden.

Responding to last week’s Editorial, Barbara Carseldine wrote: “Congratulations on the editorial about festival posters. I had a good laugh. It's such a relief to realise I'm not the only one who finds them incomprehensible.”

“Excellent article,” wrote Jo Smith.

Here are a few samples of other posters from festivals that must have been approved unseen by the committees in charge, and which do little to entice audiences to attend:


New York: recycled from the dried flower arrangement show; Tacoma: Dr Frankenstein eat your heart out


London: all the films fell off the back of a bus; San Francisco: Film Me to the Moon

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