40 Exquisite Independent Film Posters

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An independent film, traditionally speaking, is generally referred to as a movie created entirely outside the traditional Hollywood system. It is usually the kind of production where the actors double up as camera men, friends and family provide the bankroll and the director’s mom is in charge of craft services.

Over the last few years, however, the “indie” film has taken on a whole new face. Large productions houses have formed specialty divisions that focus exclusively on “limited run” titles. These are movies that may not have the broad appeal of a summer blockbuster, but still enough demand worth releasing in a limited capacity – often to critical acclaim.

Of course with a limited run comes a limited budget. Luxuries such as wide-spread marketing campaigns are slim-to-none for the indie gem. It is for this reason that poster art plays an particularly significant role in an independent film’s marketing strategy.

Like the movies themselves, poster art for independent films can be especially beautiful and most certainly stand out from the crowd. These posters are imaginative and thoughtful while not forgetting the fundamentals such as color and typography. The result is more often than not an eye catching work of art that sparks your interest and curiosity – which is exactly what it’s supposed to do.

It is in tribute these wonderful works of art that Smashing Magazine has collected 40 Exquisite Independent Film Posters for your enjoyment. We hope they are as inspiring to you as they are to us.

40 Exquisite Independent Film Posters

Zoo (2007)1

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Paris, Je T’aime (2006)3

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Primer (2004)5

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Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)7

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Machinist (2004)9

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Funny Games (2007)11

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Brick (2005)13

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Birds Of America (2008)15

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Paranoid Park (2007)17

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The Descent (2005)19

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Son of Rambow (2007)21

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Bug (2006)23

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Half Nelson (2006)25

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The Proposition (2005)27

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Eagle vs Shark (2007)29

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The Science of Sleep (2006)31

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Lost in Translation (2003)33

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The Cooler (2003)35

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Red Road (2006)37

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Dancer In The Dark (2000)39

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Whale Rider (2002)41

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The Savages (2007)43

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The Walker (2007)45

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Broken Flowers (2005)47

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Being John Malkovich (1999)49

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Transamerica (2005)51

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Junebug (2005)53

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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)55

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Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)57

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Grizzly Man (2005)59

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My Blueberry Nights (2007)61

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Tideland (2005)63

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Sideways (2004)65

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Requiem For a Dream (2000)67

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The Squid and the Whale (2005)69

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The Motel (2005)71

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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004)73

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Lars and the Real Girl (2007)75

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Hard Candy (2005)77

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0874423/
  2. 2 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0874423/
  3. 3 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401711/
  4. 4 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401711/
  5. 5 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390384/
  6. 6 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390384/
  7. 7 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0854678/
  8. 8 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0854678/
  9. 9 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361862/
  10. 10 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361862/
  11. 11 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808279/
  12. 12 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808279/
  13. 13 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0393109/
  14. 14 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0393109/
  15. 15 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029134/
  16. 16 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029134/
  17. 17 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0842929/
  18. 18 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0842929/
  19. 19 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435625/
  20. 20 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435625/
  21. 21 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0845046/
  22. 22 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0845046/
  23. 23 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470705/
  24. 24 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0470705/
  25. 25 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468489/
  26. 26 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468489/
  27. 27 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421238/
  28. 28 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421238/
  29. 29 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0494222/
  30. 30 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0494222/
  31. 31 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354899/
  32. 32 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354899/
  33. 33 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335266/
  34. 34 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335266/
  35. 35 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318374/
  36. 36 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318374/
  37. 37 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471030/
  38. 38 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0471030/
  39. 39 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168629/
  40. 40 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168629/
  41. 41 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298228/
  42. 42 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0298228/
  43. 43 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775529/
  44. 44 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0775529/
  45. 45 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783608/
  46. 46 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0783608/
  47. 47 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412019/
  48. 48 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412019/
  49. 49 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120601/
  50. 50 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120601/
  51. 51 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407265/
  52. 52 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407265/
  53. 53 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418773/
  54. 54 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0418773/
  55. 55 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437800/
  56. 56 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0437800/
  57. 57 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0292963/
  58. 58 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0292963/
  59. 59 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427312/
  60. 60 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427312/
  61. 61 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765120/
  62. 62 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0765120/
  63. 63 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410764/
  64. 64 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410764/
  65. 65 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375063/
  66. 66 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375063/
  67. 67 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/
  68. 68 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180093/
  69. 69 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367089/
  70. 70 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367089/
  71. 71 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436607/
  72. 72 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436607/
  73. 73 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/
  74. 74 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362270/
  75. 75 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805564/
  76. 76 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0805564/
  77. 77 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424136/
  78. 78 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424136/
  79. 79 http://www.impawards.com/
  80. 80 http://www.imdb.com/
  81. 81 http://www.filmjunk.com/2008/01/03/trend-watch-hand-drawn-movie-posters-for-quirky-indie-comedies/
  82. 82 http://www.tccandler.com/columns/100_greatest_movie_posters.htm
  83. 83 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_film
  84. 84 http://coffeeandcelluloid.com/2008/10/26/20-amazing-movie-posters/

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  1. 1

    I’m so happy to see Hard Candy up there… that’s one awesome poster with one awesome actress on it! (Ellen Page). Love the posters. They’re so inspiring for all different kinds of artists. Thanks!

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  2. 52

    My favs from the list:

    Birds of America
    Whale Rider
    Before the devil knows you’re dead
    Sideways (also the cover of the book = great)
    Requiem for a dream (GREAT movie)
    Hard Candy = bad-ass

    I’m not really impressed with the Brick poster, but I’ll check the movie just because the poster is hand made (or so it seems!)

    I like much better the other posters of Eagle vs shark, this one is a bit more out of the box, but not as attractive i think.

    That’s it, longer comment than usual.. :)

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  3. 103

    Very nice powerful posters design.
    Thank you.

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    For “Funny Games”, I would have expected the 1970’s throwback poster with Naomi Watts instead.

    http://www.impawards.com/2008/posters/funny_games.jpg

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    hey, the descent poster looks alike silence of the lamb unreleased poster.

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    The Funny Games poster featured is rubbish. The one with just Naomi Watts’s face is much better and possibly best poster of last year!
    Is the Savages one illustrated by Chris Ware?
    P.S. Would love to see the designers names for each poster.

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  8. 358

    Nice Post ! www

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  9. 409

    Anyone got an idea where I could get the Funny Games Poster? Searched so many postershops, but couldn’t find one selling it.

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    I loved that poster for ‘Zoo’ from the first time I saw it. Awesome artwork, and so very evocative.

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    Wish you had listed who made each poster.

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