Creative Brief: Create an alternative poster for American Animals
Submissions Open July 20th 2018 - August 10th 2018 BST
Time left: Closed
Share your poster with #AmericanAnimalsArt
Winning Entry

Winning entry by

Chris Walker

To celebrate the upcoming release of the highly acclaimed American Animals on September 7, PosterSpy and STX Entertainment are inviting you to create your own movie poster inspired by this high-tension heist film. 

The Story

American Animals is the extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. 

Centering on unpredictable wild child Warren (Evan Peters) and aspiring artist Spencer (Barry Keoghan), two friends from the middle-class suburbs of Lexington, Kentucky, the film follows the duo through college life at separate universities, as adult pressures begin to weigh heavily on their futures. Realizing their lives may never be important, they organize the brazen theft of some valuable books from the special collections library of Spencer’s college, including Audubon’s Birds of America, valued at $10 million. 

Enlisting two more friends, budding accountant Eric (Jared Abrahamson) and fitness fanatic Chas (Blake Jenner), the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen volumes, taking cues from popular heist movies. But the thieves’ plans go awry, placing their bright futures in limbo. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and shifting between the fictionalized central narrative and documentary-style interviews with the real-life figures on which the story is based, writer-directed Bart Layton (The Imposter) elevates the heist movie to bold and thrilling new heights. 

Design Tips

You may use a broad range of styles for inspiration and please also find stills and all available assets via the “hi-res imagery” tab for further reference and inspiration only.

Please reference the trailer for tone, themes and context.


Create your posters at A2 300dpi Minimum. Hi-res files will need to be emailed to via WeTransfer or via Dropbox.

Please see “How to submit”.

Upload posters to as RGB files no larger than 5MB and 1500 pixels wide.

Artwork submitted must be 100% your own original content. Do not use any images you don’t have the rights to. This includes stills from the film.

Dates to Remember

This Creative Brief is open from July 20th  2018 – August 10th 2018 11:59PM BST. This Creative Brief is open Worldwide participants. 

You may enter more than once.

The Awards

The winning entries will be selected by PosterSpy and director Bart Layton.

One selected artist (1st place) will receive £750, one selected artist (2nd place) will receive £500 and one selected artist (3rd place) will receive £250 prize money.

The first prize Winner shall also have their poster displayed at the American Animals UK premiere at Somerset House in London on Wednesday 22 August 2018.

All three winners will receive artwork signed by director Bart Layton.

How to Enter

All you have to do is create an account with us and upload your poster to the “American Animals” category via our submission form.

Please send your hi-res file (A2 200DPI) via WeTransfer or Dropbox to This is to ensure we have your art available for the premiere if you are selected. Hi-res files are kept on a secure server and not shared with STX or any third parties.

This brief is moderated and only entries that follow the T&C’s will be accepted.


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    Terms & Conditions:

    1. The promoter of this competition is STX Entertainment UK, Ltd. (“the Promoter”).
    1. This competition is open Worldwide to entrants aged eighteen (18) years or over, except for employees of the Promoter, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.  By entering this competition the Promoter assumes (and you warrant) that you are aged eighteen (18) years or over. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
    1. To validly enter this competition entrants must: (i) create an original movie poster (either static or animated motion) following the creative brief on the website (“the Website”), (ii) sign up to a free account with PosterSpy on the Website, (iii) upload the poster to the American Animals category via the online submission form on the Website and (iv) share the poster with #AmericanAnimalsArt on at least one of their social media accounts.  Entries must be original and must not include any inappropriate, offensive, violent, harmful or sexually explicit content or language or otherwise be derogatory in any way to the American Animals movie, Promoter, PosterSpy or Film4 or any of the foregoing’s affiliates or anyone person or entity connected with the movie, in all cases as determined in the sole discretion of the Promoter. 
    1. All entries must be received no earlier than 20 July 2018 (“the Launch”) and no later than 23:59 GMT on 10 August 2018 (“the Deadline”).  Entries received before the Launch and after the Deadline will not be considered.
    1. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted.  No responsibility will be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.  Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.  Entrants may submit more than one poster for the competition.
    1. By entering the competition, entrants will be deemed to have read and understood these terms and conditions and to be bound by them.
    1. PosterSpy and American Animal director Bart Layton shall after the Deadline select three (3) winning posters from all correct and valid entries received from entrants (“the Winners”).  Each Winner will be notified through their PosterSpy account.  Each Winner will then be required to provide full contact details to the Promoter including, but not limited to, full name, address, phone number, email address and bank details (name, account and sort-code) for payment of the Prize, subject to prevailing data protection legislation. 
    1. If a Winner has not responded to claim their Prize within fourteen (14) after the Promoters contact them via their PosterSpy account, the Promoter reserves the right to offer the applicable Prize (as defined and set out below) to another entrant picked at random from the remainder of the correct and valid entries received before the Deadline. 
    1. The decision of the PosterSpy and Bart Layton is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
    1. The Winners shall each win one of the following the “Prizes”, which shall be: (i) seven hundred and fifty pounds sterling (£750) for the first prize, (ii) five hundred pounds sterling (£500) for the second prize and (iii) two hundred and fifty pounds sterling (£250) for the third prize.  The Prizes will be sent to the Winners by Promoter via bank transfer, which may take up to twelve (12) weeks to process.  All three Winners will also receive artwork signed by Bart Layton.  The first prize Winner shall also have their poster displayed at the American Animals UK premiere at Somerset House in London on Wednesday 22 August 2018.
    1. The Winners agree to take part in any publicity reasonably required by the Promoter. 
    1. The Promoter reserves the right to change, modify, delay or cancel this competition if the circumstances require it as determined in the Promoter’s sole discretion and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.
    1. The Promoter and its associated affiliates and subsidiaries shall have no liability in connection with entrants entering the competition, save that no party limits or excludes its liability for (i) death or personal injury due to its own negligence, (ii) fraud or (iii) any other liability that cannot be limited or excluded by law.
    1. The Promoter and PosterSpy reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any entry or entrant that breaches any of these Terms and Conditions.
    1. All still photographs and other assets associated with the movie American Animals (“Materials”) provided or made available to entrants on for the purposes of this competition shall be used for inspiration only and must not be replicated by entrants in their poster designs.  The Promoter (and/or the originator of any such Materials) owns or controls and expressly reserves all rights in such Materials, as well as in the movie itself, including without limitation the copyright(“the Underlying Rights”).  The copyright of all original content and creation in each poster created for the competition remains with the applicable entrant, but subject always to any Underlying Rights contained in such poster.
    1. Subject to prevailing data protection legislation, each entrant hereby irrevocably licenses and authorises Promoter and PosterSpy (and their respective designees) to use, copy and share without any payment to the entrant any posters submitted for the poster competition (and the entrant’s name) on their websites, WAP sites, on-air, on the American Animals official Facebook site, the official movie website and otherwise solely for promoting and marketing the movie and copies of the movie and in connection with exploitation of the movie PROVIDED THAT Promoter and PosterSpy shall not be entitled to sell copies of the poster itself without the prior permission of the entrant.  Entrants are prohibited from selling, licensing or distributing their poster, or otherwise using their poster for commercial gain, to the extent that any Underlying Rights are contained in the poster.
    1. Personal information about entrants will only be shared with the Promoter’s competition partners and with the Promoter’s agents to the extent necessary to manage such entry and participation as an entrant or, where required, to a legal or regulatory body.
    1. English law applies and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts shall prevail.