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Chicago Graphic Designer's Poster Chosen For 54th Chicago International Film Festival

August 10, 2018 - 1:13 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Cinema/Chicago announced Friday the winner of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival's poster design competition.

Chicago Graphic Design, Michael Zhang's design was selected as the signature look of the 2018 festival out of more than 200 submissions spanning 30 countries. Past winners represented artists from Scotland, Taiwan and the Netherlands.

Michael Zhang

"I'm honored and so excited to see it in print at the Festival. I've been attending the Festival for a few years now, so this really means a lot to me," Zhang said in a statement. "No matter what theater you go to, the excitement of marquee lights are a part of every movie-goer's experience. For me, the lights were always a sign that I was about to leave the real world behind and get lost in a story on screen. When designing this poster, I wanted to evoke a similar sense of wonder and nostalgia."

The poster showcases the "façade of a vintage movie theater, presenting the exciting thrill of a neon-lit marquee and a classic art deco design. This year's event tagline, 'Everybody Loves Movies,' runs across the marquee alongside the Festival's beloved 'eyes' logo," Cinema/Chicago said in a release. Zhang also include the Chicago flag in his design.

"This competition is meant to gather diverse perspectives on what the Festival is and what it means to people," Cinema/Chicago Founder and CEO Michael Kutza said. "Michael's design captures the glamour and allure of a visit to a classic movie house while also being very contemporary, and we loved his personal connection to the art, Chicago and the Film Festival itself."

Zhang will receive a $2,500 prize and his design will be utilized in marketing materials throughout the city, including on the cover of the festival guide, posters and merchandise.

The 54th Chicago International Film Festival takes place Oct. 10-21.