CHICAGO — Want to make a cool $1,000? Tap into your artistic side and create a poster for the 29th Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival.
In addition to the $1,000 prize, the winner’s design will be printed on over 500,000 promotional materials, including T-shirts, posters and CTA ads.
Past designs for the festival include a rooster with a camera for a head, a Mayan statue holding a drink and popcorn.
Last year’s winner was a cartoon of a human and a skeleton both filming a dangling heart.
In addition to having a compelling design, the poster must include “29th Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 11-25, 2013.”
Maria Lopez, a program coordinator for the festival, said submissions should incorporate elements of film and Latin America “without being too country specific.”
“We advertise all over the CTA, so it has to be eye-catching,” she said.
While it’s the 29th anniversary for the festival, the poster contest is now in its 17th year.
Executive director Pepe Vargas said the contest was originally started as a way to reach out to the artists of the community.
“The biggest award is the promotion of the design,” Vargas said. “It’s absolutely everywhere.”
Vargas said the festival received 190 entries last year, the most in the festival’s history.
The deadline for the contest is January 10 by 5 p.m. All entries must be mounted on a board and mailed to the International Latino Cultural Center at 676 N. LaSalle St., Suite 520.