Creative Brief: Design a poster for The Death of Stalin
Submissions Open October 9th 2017 - November 12th 2017 BST
Time left: Closed
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Winning Entry

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By Adam Cockerton


Entertainment One and PosterSpy invite you to create an alternative poster for THE DEATH OF STALIN the upcoming comedy from the writer-director of In The Loop and Alan Partridge.

Directed by Armando Iannucci, THE DEATH OF STALIN features an ensemble cast including Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Michael Palin, Paul Whitehouse and Jeffrey Tambor.

The story

The internal political landscape of 1950’s Soviet Russia takes on darkly comic form in THE DEATH OF STALIN.

It’s March, 1953. After a heavy night of drinking and an uncomfortable request to Radio Moscow (for the recording of a live concert which doesn’t exist), Stalin suffers a major seizure. The Central Committee rush to their great leader’s side; mainly to check up on his chances of recovery.  But – Stalin dies.

A dangerous game of power-play ensues in tandem with preparation for the Premier’s funeral. On the one side marches  Beria – ominous head of Russian Security, who holds incriminating files on each of his Inner Circle colleagues. On the other, a tentative Nikita Khrushchev – leader of Agricultural Reform. Khrushchev is terrified that with Beria in control, each and every one of the committee (along with everyone he holds dear – his wife, children… and the majority of Russia’s citizens) will end up shot. Or worse. Whilst trying to stop the USSR from sliding into a panicked meltdown, tension mounts, with Khrushchev and Beria locking horns as they realise that only one of them can survive.

Design Tips

The winning entries will be judged by PosterSpy who will be looking for creative showcasing of the film. You may use a broad range of styles for inspiration from heroic realism, constructivism, soviet propaganda or to your own style of creating. We want to draw from the themes of Russia and comedy of the film and create something striking yet humorous.


The poster must be A3 300dpi minimum, you are welcome to work at a larger scale if you prefer.

Please upload an RGB file in either JPEG or PNG format.

Please use the hashtag #DeathOfStalinArt when sharing/posting your artwork on social media.

You may enter more than once. Please avoid re-creating the original key art, and don’t feel it is essential to utilise the stills provided.

Dates to Remember

The creative brief will be open from October 11th 9:00AM to November 12th 11:59PM BST. Entries submitted after this time will be disqualified.


The winning entry will receive a grand prize of £500 cash along with an official poster signed by filmmakers & cast. There will also be a runner up who will receive £250 cash.

How to enter:

Be sure to read the T&C’s before entering.

Create an account with us and upload your poster to the ‘The Death of Stalin’ category via our submission form.


How many submissions can I upload?

You may upload as many submissions as you like, there’s no cap.

Do I keep the rights to my art?

When submitting, you allow eOneUK and PosterSpy to share your work on social media to promote the campaign. eOneUK are not permitted to use your artwork commercially without permission.

Can I sell prints of my submission?

Legally, you are NOT allowed to sell prints that use another companies intellectual property.

If I win, how long does it take for me to get my prize money?

Typically 8-12 weeks. This can be much shorter or longer depending on when we receive your information.



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    The winner will receive £500. One runner up will receive £250. 
    Prizes are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. The cash prize will be sent to the winner via Bank transfer if living in the UK or via PayPal if outside the UK.
    Payment may take up to 8 weeks to be processed. Entrants must submit original art that follow the provided brief. No copyrighted material may be used.
    Not complying to these conditions might result in exclusion from the contest and your entries being removed.
    All submitted artwork copyrights remain with the artist.
    eOne UK or PosterSpy are given the exclusive right to share artwork without prior permission from the artist to help promote the campaign and release of The Death of Stalin.
    PosterSpy retains the right to remove any entries that could be considered offensive, damaging to the property or go against the T&C’s set out above.