Virgin Media Shorts: The Poster Project

Each year, Virgin Media Shorts offers up-and-coming filmmakers a platform to show their work and the chance to win major prizes, For this year’s contest, CR commissioned illustrators from the Handsome Frank agency to create a poster for each shortlisted film

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 and Virgin Media. The winner will be announced at an awards night at the BFI Southbank in London on November 8.

For this year’s competition, Creative Review thought it would be an interesting idea to give each of the shortlisted films its very own poster. We teamed up with illustration agency Handsome Frank to create posters inspired by each one. The illustrators were given free rein to create their posters in whatever medium or style they saw fit having first watched their chosen film and, if they wished, spoken with the director.

In addition to the 12 shortlisted films, this year Virgin Media Shorts will be adding a ‘Lucky 13th’ to the shortlist – the film that has been shared online the most. Virgin
Media Shorts will also be running a competition to design a poster for this Lucky 13th film.

For details of the Lucky 13th competition and to see all 13 of the shortlisted films go to To see more of all our illustrators’ work, visit Handsome Frank at

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