Local Graphic Artist's Design Wins!

The official 2011 Tacoma Film Festival poster design has been chosen. The Grand Cinema, host of the 2011 Tacoma Film Festival, is proud to announce the winning poster design by Benson Shum.

Over 50 posters were submitted and displayed in the Grand Cinema lobby. After weeks of being looked at and talked about one emerged as the official winner (see attached poster design). In true tradition this year’s contest received remarkable design entries making the choice a very difficult one for all. Thank you to the panel of judges along with our loyal Grand Cinema patrons and volunteers for giving us your feedback that ultimately led to the winning choice.

“Year after year the poster submissions get harder and harder to choose from,” states Philip Cowan, Grand Cinema Executive Director. “We are very excited about this poster and the simple image that it represents for both the festival and Tacoma.” 

Thank you to each and every artist who submitted a design. The Grand Cinema is very lucky to have such great supporters that are willing to share their talent.

About the Artist

Benson Shum was born and raised in Vancouver, BC where he currently lives. After graduating from Capilano University and Sheridan College from the Commercial and Computer Animation program, Benson now works in the animation industry. Recent work includes a feature played at The Grand, “Tree of Life” as well as just finished work on "The Smurfs”. Bensons first time to Tacoma was three years ago when he met his partner Justin Leighton. Currently, Benson and his partner split their time living and working in these two beautiful cities.

About the Tacoma Film Festival

The 2011 Tacoma Film Festival begins Thursday, October 6 with the Opening Night Reception at the Annie Wright Great Hall followed by the Opening Night Film at the Annie Wright Kemper Theater. The evening begins at 6:30p and the film will start at 7:30p. Films will continue through Thursday, October 13 playing at the Grand Cinema, Tacoma Art Museum, the Blue Mouse, University of Washington, University of Puget Sound and the Tacoma School of the Arts. The official Tacoma Film Festival program is scheduled to be released by Thursday, Sept. 15. For more information visit www.TacomaFilmFestival.com. The Tacoma Film Festival’s mission is to connect our community to film.