The 10 Most Attention-Grabbing Local Movie Posters from 2014

One-sheets that we don’t mind pinning on our walls


( This year, two film festivals gave cinephiles more to go gaga for: Cine Totoo and QCinema. Not that indie staples Cinemalaya and Cinema One Originals aren’t enough-growth is just something we should appreciate, if not celebrate.


And just like last year, we’re giving some love to creative poster designs. And just like last year, we hope the publicists for ER Ejercito’s films (Magnum .357 this time around) find some inspiration in our list.


Notes: This is not a list of the best movies, it’s a list of the best posters. The connection of the poster to the movie is part of the criteria but great layout, amazing typography, and other aesthetic merits are the primary bases of the selection.



Asan si Lolo Mê? (Cinemalaya)

Poster design by Vincent Kristan Quilop

Your eyes can swim in the sandy expanse between the elements on the poster but the expression on the characters’ faces draw you in. See the goat? Priceless. We’re also loving the subtle shoutout to handpainted posters from ye olden days.



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Violator (Cinema One Originals)

Poster design by Dodo Dayao

The muted colors, the bright but lifeless eyes of the pig, and the severed letters at the top hint at what the film is about, without giving too much away. Cropping at the snout gives an illusion of a smile, but one that’s less comforting and more disconcerting. The good news is, the effective use of imagery is also present in the movie.




Asintado (Cinemalaya)

Poster design by Justin Besana

To the point? Exactly. Without the letters cluttering the image, the poster for Asintado is even stronger. The crude black lines that form the features of a face are striking in their minimalism. You don’t need smoke and mirrors (or layers and filters) to bag the Best Poster Design in Cinemalaya.



Bonifacio (QCinema)

Poster design by Hannah Cepe

We admit to going "aww!" at the grade school writing pad background. The school would probably be the last thing a child would doodle in class but we forgive this offense in the name of nostalgia. Our thumbs also go up for the image of a dad holding hands with his kid (as they go to school together). Affectionate dads, represented.





Dagitab (Cinemalaya)

Poster design by Donna Matibag

Eula Valdes is in this movie but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the poster. Instead, it’s simple typography and a most creative use of contrast to create a field of grass with what we assume are fireflies. We rest our case.



Tila (QCinema)

Poster design by Caloy Balintec

This teaser poster is a great example of not going overboard with typography. There’s a time for swirls and curls...and then there’s using giant, sans serif letters to tower over a city as the rain pours. The texture of the rain and the water is just enough to make certain elements pop in the otherwise melancholy hues.





A Journey to Haifa (Cine Totoo)

Poster design by Nawruz Paguidopon

Bold choice of colors pays off for A Journey to Haifa. Symmetry is always pleasing to the eye and if you add the collision of Buddhist and Internet age icons, you have yourself a winner. Notice the power lines forming the shape of a planet?


Sa Ngalan ni Ultimate Warrior (QCinema)

Poster design by Jolo Livelo

Adorable is a pretty good approximation for the character posters of Sa Ngalan ni Ultimate Warrior. Nobuyoshi Araki’s paint splatter over portraits can’t compare to this...okay, maybe that’s blasphemy. Still, we couldn’t even decide which poster to pick and to be frank, we only picked this because it’s Ultimate Warrior (and the movie does have his name on the title). We love all the posters equally, but Undertaker’s is really cute...and Hulk Hogan’s...and....damn it, everything. It’s the committed expression on the children’s faces. The time stamp on the upper right corner probably has something to do with it, too.




Bitukang Manok (Cinema One Originals)

Poster design by Jem Vergara

The illustration belongs in the pages of a graphic novel-a dark story of...something. The smoke curling is a cute play on the movie title, too.


Bigkis (QCinema)

Poster design by Justin Besana

This poster proves that you can use your actor’s face in a poster without using their fame as a selling point. The finish on the torn fabric is pretty eye-catching and although the names of the cast near the hand is a little distracting, the outline of the woman with child saves the poster.



Also read: Top 10 Most Attention-Grabbing Local Movie Posters from 2013

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