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Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival 2017 2018 posters - Tony Jurgilas RGD

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival 2017 2018 posters

Category: Illustration
Entered By: Tony Jurgilas RGD
Date: 2018.05.11


2017 (created May 2017): Cinema can take us in any direction. We can create strange worlds and curious oddities on the screen that simply don’t exist in reality. We can escape, or drift away with cinema… to places devised by our own imaginations. The request was for something distinctly northern (there is nothing more iconically northern than a red canoe), yet international… something uplifting, yet unpredictable, not cliché. With a tip of the hat, or bowler as it were, to Belgian surrealist, René Magritte for inspiring the digital painting, the image burst onto the scene… and the screen… to rave reviews!

2018: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Cinéfest, the calendar was flipped back to 1988. Planned as a onetime event, the screening of an alternative Canadian film in a smaller community found Sudbury as an appropriate test market. The film presentation was Patricia Rozema’s, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, a critically-acclaimed comedic path to self-discovery, now considered to be one of the top Canadian films of all time. With over 900 people attending the sold-out screening, the test was positive… and Cinéfest was born the following year. Although that film was not about, nor did it in fact contain mermaids, it was nevertheless a fitting tribute to produce a contemporary illustration of a mythical siren plunging into the foundered deep. Patricia Rozema was thrilled at the notion and agreed to voice the audio for the television commercials.


Conceived and illustrated by Tony Jurgilas RGD

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