Creative Brief: Create an alternative poster for Lean on Pete
Submissions Open April 17th 2018 - May 1st 2018 BST
Time left: Closed
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Winning Entry

Winning Entry by

Jireh Villafuerte

Welcome to the Lean on Pete PosterSpy Creative Brief! To celebrate the release of this beautiful coming of age story set in the epic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, PosterSpy and Curzon are inviting you to create your own movie poster inspired by the film. Lean on Pete is in cinemas and on demand from 4 May.

The Story

Proving himself to be one of the most gifted, insightful and versatile directors working today, Andrew Haigh (45 Years, Weekend) returns with Lean on Pete, a powerfully moving and deeply emotional story about a young boy’s search for belonging on the fringes of contemporary American society. Fifteen-year-old Charley lives with his alcoholic father (Travis Fimmel) in a run-down house on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. In an effort to help his dad stay afloat, Charley takes a job at a local racetrack where he befriends jaded trainer Del (Steve Buscemi) and burnt-out jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) while caring for an aging horse named Lean on Pete. As things break down at home and Del announces Pete will be sold to an uncertain fate, the burden becomes too great for Charley to bear and he heads out into the vast American wilderness with Pete in tow. Featuring an incredible breakout performance by Charlie Plummer and shot in mesmerising style, Lean on Pete is a poignant, compassionate and heart-rending portrait of love, loss and acceptance that resonates with profound humanity.

Design Tips

For this Creative Brief you are invited to submit posters celebrating the film’s themes and imagery.

The winning entries will be selected by PosterSpy and Curzon.

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. We recommend you use these for inspiration only.

Please reference the trailer for tone, themes and context.


Curzon is looking for alternative posters, so avoid re-creating key art or creating key-art style posters. You’re welcome to use the provided stills, but Curzon are looking at creative, unique entries. We recommend more abstract and/or illustrative posters for this brief.

Create your posters at A3 300dpi minimum. You’re welcome to design your piece at larger scale.

Upload posters as RGB files in either JPEG or PNG format no larger than 4MB and 1500 pixels wide.

Dates to Remember

This Creative Brief is open from April 17th 9:00am until May 2nd 11:59pm BST. This Creative Brief is open to worldwide entrants.

You may enter more than once.

The Awards

One selected artist (1st place) will receive £750, a DVD bundle from Curzon Artificial Eye and a copy of the source novel, ‘Lean on Pete’ by Willy Vlautin.

A runner up will receive £350.

How to Enter

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

Submissions for this brief will be moderated, you won’t be able to see your poster on the submissions page until we have manually approved it to ensure it meets all guidelines and terms.


How many submissions can I upload?

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

Do I keep the rights to my art?

When submitting, you allow Curzon and PosterSpy the right to share your work on social media to promote the campaign. Curzon is 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 company’s intellectual property.

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

Typically 60-90 days. This can be much shorter or longer depending on when we receive your information.



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    To enter this contest, you must be over 15 years of age.

    By submitting your poster for this contest you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and the Brief (the “Contest Terms”).

    The contest is open from 17th April 2018 to 2nd May 2018 11:59PM BST. Entries submitted after this time will not be accepted.

    There will be two (2) prize winners, a first (£750) and a second (£350) judged on creativity, originality, quality and relevance to the Brief.

    Prizes are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. The cash prize will be sent by PosterSpy to the respective winners via Bank transfer or via Paypal if living outside of the UK. Payment may take up to 12 weeks to be processed.

    Entrants must submit their own original art that follows the provided Brief. No other copyrighted material may be used. The images provided by Curzon are the intellectual property of Curzon or its affiliates (if applicable) and are provided solely for use in this contest for reference purposes only.

    Entrants retain 100% ownership of their own individual artwork.

    The use of copyrighted or trademarked material not owned by Curzon or the entrant is strictly prohibited.

    Entrants are prohibited from selling their works without permission from Lean on Pete.

    Entrants have no commercial ownership of the Lean on Pete IP by entering this competition.

    Your entry may not include inappropriate language or any inappropriate, offensive, violent, harmful, or sexually explicit content.

    Not complying with the Contest Terms might result in exclusion from the contest and your entries being removed.