Virgin Media Shorts Lucky 13 poster winner

Mia Frances Kennedy, a student at Central St Martins, has won the Virgin Media Shorts competition to design a poster for PJ, Tiny Planet Explorer, the Lucky 13th film nudged into this year’s VMS shortlist by social media votes

Mia Frances Kennedy, a student at Central St Martins, has won the Virgin Media Shorts competition to design a poster for PJ, Tiny Planet Explorer, the Lucky 13th film nudged into this year’s VMS shortlist by social media votes

For the 2012 Virgin Media Shorts contest for up-and-coming filmmakers, Creative Review commissioned illustrators from the Handsome Frank agency to create a poster for each of the 12 shortlisted films. In addition, VMS also ran an open contest to design a poster for the extra Lucky 13 film – the entry which was added to the original shortlist by dint of attracting the most social media votes. Here’s the winning film:

Virgin Media creative director Adrian Spooner chose Mia Frances’s design (shown top): “In my view, Mia’s fresh graphical work nailed the vibe of PJ’s film,” he says. “A huge thank you to everyone who entered”. Mia wins an iPad and her poster will be displayed at Picturehouse cinemas around the UK alongside the 12 commissioned by CR.

Since 2008, Virgin Media Shorts has been giving up-and-coming filmmakers a platform to show their work not just to leading figures in the industry but also to the general public. Each year, filmmakers are invited to upload two minute 20 second short films to the VMS website. Shortlisted films are shown across the Picturehouse network and other independent cinemas around the UK for a year.

In addition the films are also shown on Virgin Media’s on-demand service and its Shorts TiVo and iPhone apps.

This year’s panel of judges, including actor Julie Walters and director Phyllida Law, will choose one overall winner who will receive £30,000 to make their next film plus mentoring from the British Film Institute. The winner will be announced at an awards night at the BFI Southbank in London on November 8.

Handsome Frank’s illustrators have given each of the shortlisted films its very own poster.

Alexandra Bruel’s poster is for A Brush With A Bee, directed by Joachim Malan and Katie Parnell, an animated film in which a struggling painter does battle with a bee to protect his final masterpiece from the insect’s tiny hands.

The poster for Little Larry, directed by Andrew Lee Potts, was created by Andrew Joyce. The film relates the tale of a mid-20s, professional, single man who still feels like a child inside.

Jennifer Sheridan’s Rocket features a small dog with big dreams – like building a spaceship in its front room. Poster by Helen Musselwhite in her trademark cut-paper style.

Andrew Joyce illustrated the poster for Super Fast Samosa, the story of the gingerbread man reimagined Bollywood style by director Sundeep Toor.

Dan Castella’s Mourning Rules features June, a professional mourner, who attempts to teach her sister Izzy the tricks of the trade. Andrew Lyons created the accompanying poster

In Man Up, directed by Carolina Giammetta,  three men sneak off to the pub to discuss their ploys for ‘handling’ women. Emma Kelly designed the poster.

In Amanda Boyle’s film, Skirt, a modern day Odd Couple first annoy, then charm each other in a tale of opposites, with a poster illustrated by Jeffrey Bowman.

Jonathan Burton designed the poster for The Best Medicine, directed by Dan Smith. A sinister chemist helps a girl deal with her annoying laugh. Or not.

Not with a bang but a whimper, Thomas Guerrier’s The Plotters tells the tale of the Gunpowder Plot as might have been. Matt Murphy illustrated the poster.

Sarah Maycock created the poster for Without Saying, directed by Paul Dingwall, in her trademark watercolour style. The film is a touching tale of a boy struggling to express his love.

Alice Seabright’s Dream Girl features an unexpected encounter on an early morning journey on the Paris Metro. Poster by Stephen Cheetham.

Sprockett, directed by Hazel Meeks, tells the story of a group of kids who dare one of them to go inside the workshop of Old Man Sprockett. Design: Tim McDonagh.

See more of all the featured illustrators’ work at the Handsome Frank site. More on the Virgin Media Shorts competition at

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