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Artistic lightning has struck twice: Marley Jurgensmeyer, at left, a 10th grader at Arlington High School, has fashioned the best poster for the international film festival for the second straight year.
At a reception Thursday, Feb. 7, at Town Hall, Arlington International Film Festival (AIFF) organizers celebrated the entries to their third annual poster contest with Brendyn Schneider, master storyteller, as master of ceremonies.
Submissions from Arlington High School and Arlington Catholic High School students were reviewed by a panel of judges who winnowed the pool to the top-seven finalists.
Representing the Arlington Cultural Council, Scott Samenfeld announced the winner awarded her $500 on behalf of the AIFF. The council sponsored this year’s contest.
The reception also marked the official launch of the 2013 Festival scheduled in October as well as the call for entries.
"One of the things I learned last year is that I am not a fine artist," Jurgensmeyer said in a news release, "but there are many ways to communicate visually using clip art and typography.
"This year I was more aware of searching for the right images to represent both film and the international aspect of the world. I found the film strip pretty quickly and was immediately struck by its simplicity, its use of color and boldness.
"I also knew that I could incorporate the international aspect in Photoshop using flags to represent the world because they fit the proportions of the boxes on the film strip. One of the things I really like about this poster is that I believe that it fits into the same visual style as my poster last year and hope that helps to promote the AIFF."
She expressed surprise at her second win.
The top six finalists were:
Jacob Ballin, AHS, 11th grade: "I was inspired to participate in the contest, because I am interested in graphic design as well as indie filmmaking, and it seemed like it would be fun to make a poster."
Lydia Genard, Arlington Catholic, 11th grade: "The inspiration for my film festival poster came from my design last year. I used the director's hands from my poster last year but reworked it. I made the background red because I associate red with theater. To make the film aspect more noticeable I added a film strip in the background. I made the text white so it would be easy to see from a distance."
Sadie Griesmer, AHS, 11th grade: "My inspiration for the post was the literal interpretation of film. Just like the film festival is built off of film, I wanted my poster to be literally constructed of film."
Galen Hall, AHS, ninth grade: "I was inspired to enter this contest because if I win it will gain some recognition for my art, and also because I like to have a goal to work towards when creating artwork, such as a contest or assignment. Of course, the cash prize helped to inspire me as well."
Yangyuchen “Richan” Li, AC, 12th grade: "For the poster, the color scheme is green because it represents the land we all live on. The map, obviously, represents the world, symbolizing the international aspect of the Film Festival. The film strip wraps around the map kind of like a play on the phrase 'films around the world'."
Larsen Linov, AHS, 12th grade: "I am a senior at Arlington High School. Last year my friend, Dylan was a top-five finalist, and his success motivated me to submit a poster design."
The Arlington International Film Festival was established by Alberto Guzman and April Ranck in 2010. Guzman and Ranck, Arlington residents, see film as a vehicle for cultural exploration and a way in which to support artists -- both local and international. Last year’s Film Festival featured 17 films and 30 shorts over the course of four days.
This story was published Tuyesday, Feb. 12, 2013.