Creative Brief: Inspired By Ghibli

Contest open May 23rd 2016 – June 10th 2016

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The Brief

Poster Spy and Studiocanal UK are inviting you to create an alternative Studio Ghibli artwork to celebrate the UK release of WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE playing in cinemas from June 10th as well as STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER, a celebratory retrospective season bringing some of Ghibli’s most beloved titles back to the big screen until July 28th. Find more information here –

We’re looking for digital entries, traditional media is allowed as long as it can be digitalised to a high resolution for the print. Be sure to create your design in CMYK colour (for printing) and convert to RGB for uploading.

We are looking for creativity and originality and inspiration showcasing the work of this Japanese animation powerhouse over the last 30 years, suggested themes include: friendship, heroines and water/nature from the new film When Marnie Was There. Please try to avoid using existing material and just replicating the existing theatrical poster.

We are looking for creativity and originality. This contest is open to UK submissions only.

Dates to Remember

The deadline for this contest is June 10th 11:59PM GMT which will give us time to choose the winner. This contest is open to UK residents only. You may enter more than once.


The winning entry will receive a 24×36 inch print of their entry, a set of Studio Ghibli DVDs and their work will be displayed at Picturehouse Central in London during the release of When Marnie Was There.

How to Enter

All you have to do is create an account with us and upload your poster to the ‘Inspired by Studio Ghibli’ category when uploading. We’d like to advise that when exporting to ‘Save for Web’ and to keep files under 5MB if possible. You may enter a Inspired By Studio Ghibli poster previously designed before the announcement of this contest. You may enter more than once.

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About When Marnie Was There

From the legendary Academy Award-winning animation house Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Arrietty, The Tale of The Princess Kaguya), comes the haunting and touching tale When Marnie Was There. A beautiful story about ever-lasting friendship based on the beloved young adult novel of the same name by Joan G. Robinson. When Marnie Was There is another superb addition to Ghibli’s well-loved catalogue, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature this year.

When Marnie Was There is the story of an emotionally distant adolescent girl, who upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion, and infatuated with a girl who lives there; a girl who may or may not be real. When Marnie Was There is released on June 10th playing in original Japanese with English subtitles, as well as an English-language dubbed version.

About Studio Ghibli Forever

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER is a celebration of the many wonderful films – for children and adults alike – from one of the most acclaimed animation studios in the world. The films of directors such as Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata have long been celebrated as beautifully hand-drawn works of art that transport audiences of all ages to fantastical worlds filled with unforgettable characters.

STUDIO GHIBLI FOREVER runs at cinemas across the country including 20 Picturehouse cinemas from April 29th until 28th July.
Each cinema will show the same film in the same week, although exact show times will vary by site. For comprehensive listings, visit

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The competition “DESIGN AN INSPIRED BY STUDIO GHIBLI POSTER” (“Competition”) is solely organised by Poster Spy, London, Middlesex, NW4 (‘Poster Spy’):

1. The below terms and conditions (“Competition Terms”) apply to the Competition.

2. Dates: The Competition shall open at 12:00pm on 23rd May 2016 (the ‘Opening Date’) and close at 23:59 on Friday 10th June 2016 (the ‘Closing Date’).

3. To enter: You must complete all of the following actions between the Opening Date and the Closing Date to be entered in to the prizes selection (the “Entry”):

a. Designing you own Inspired by Studio Ghibli poster

b. Validly submitting your design on the Poster Spy website; and

c. providing a valid postal address;

d. ensuring all details provided are accurate and up-to-date at the Closing Date;

e. agreeing to have your design (i) shared by Poster Spy to Studiocanal and Picturehouse, Poster Spy, Studiocanal and Picturehouse may display submitted designs in accordance with Section 9 below; and, (ii) if Shortlisted or Winner design, be exhibited at Picturehouse Central as part of a Studio Ghibli exhibition between 10th June up to July 28th

f. agreeing that by taking part in this Competition you will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by the Competition Terms.

4. Eligibility: The Competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over. Entrants may be required to provide proof of identity. If aged under 18, entrants should be able to demonstrate to Poster Spy’s satisfaction that their parent/ guardian consented to such entry. Please note that only entrants whose design is Shortlisted will receive their design printed in 24×36 inch format at their provided address. Multiple entries are allowed per person. Bulk, third party or organized group entries will be disqualified.

5. Selection: Entries are judged on artistic or other subjective criteria, Poster Spy reserves the right to set amend the criteria used to judge Entries.

a) Selection of Shortlisted Entries: a jury composed of Poster Spy employees, Studiocanal employees and followers (“Jury”) will select (one) (1) design (“Winner”) which will be publicised via Poster Spy’s social channels by June 17th 2016 (“Winner Announcement”). The Winner will be notified via email (“Prize Notification”) and have 14 days from receipt of the Prize Notification to claim his or her Prize by registering their details by emailing

If the Winner Prize (as set out below) is not claimed within this period, Poster Spy will select an alternative winner.

6. The Prizes:

Winner Prizes: the following items will be sent to the UK address of the Entry:

an 24×36 inch print of their entry

their print displayed at PictureHouse Central as part of a Studio Ghibli exhibition between 10th June up to July 28th

– a set of Studio Ghibli DVDs

Prizes are non-transferable and non-exchangeable. There is no cash alternative. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason, Poster Spy reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value at any time.

7. Competition Entrants and Entries

Poster Spy reserve the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that an entrant has (i) breached the Competition Terms, any applicable law (including copyright law); or (ii) acted in such a manner that may have adverse effects on the Studio Ghibli, Studiocanal, Poster Spy or Picturehouse; or (iii) has otherwise infringed the intellectual property of any other person. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees this may lead to disqualification, without any opportunity for challenge.

Any person that is (a) an employee of any company involved in the Competition or (b) a family member of such employee, is not eligible to enter the Competition. Each entrant acknowledges and agrees this may lead to disqualification, without any opportunity for challenge.

In the event that any entrant is disqualified from the Competition or prizes remain unclaimed for, Poster Spy will select alternative designs.

There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition or access the website.

8. Liability

Neither Poster Spy, Studiocanal nor Picturehouse accepts any form of responsibility for disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering the Competition, including as a result of any entrant winning or not winning any prize; or any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence). No prizes will be insured.

Poster Spy, Studiocanal nor Picturehouse accepts no responsibility for Entries lost, damaged or delayed in the post, or due to computer error in transit. Entries made online using methods generated by a script, macro or the use of automated devices will be void.

9. Intellectual Property

You agree that Poster Spy (and any third party authorised by Poster Spy) may use your Entry (whether or not it wins the Competition) for any promotional purpose (for example, displaying in cinemas or placing it on websites, blogs, social media channels or leaflet or other advertising media). You confirm that your Entry is original that you own and have the right to license to Poster Spy the copyright and other intellectual property rights in the Entry for the purposes referred to herein. You will retain ownership of copyright in your Entry but you give Poster Spy (and any third party authorised by Poster Spy) your irrevocable permission to use, reproduce, publish, display, transmit, copy, amend, store, sell and sub-licence your Entry worldwide for such promotional purposes and for the purposes of the Competition.

Poster Spy will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the Competition (e.g. e.g. shipping prizes or display online or in Cinemas including the Exhibition) and, where you have given your consent, for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.

All Shortlisted Entrants and Winner unconditionally agree (as a condition of accepting any prize) to: (a) the use of their name, one or more photographs of themselves and disclosure of their county and (b) co-operate with or participate in any other reasonable post-Competition publicity.

11. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The Competition Terms and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Competition (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English law and Courts of England shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute or claim.


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