<- Back to Campus News
Student Wins Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest
by Dan Armstrong
Jori Cicale
Jori Cicale, a senior graphic design major, has been named the winner of the 29th Chicago Latino Film Festival Poster Contest. Her design will be used on more than 500,000 program covers, posters, bus ads, t-shirts, airport banners and more this spring. 

But the thrill is made even sweeter when one considers that the design, which took inspiration from the traditional Mexican sugar skull, was selected out of more than 150 entries from professional designers throughout the area.

"This is not a student competition," said Jean Bevier, associate professor of graphic design, who encouraged Cicale and other seniors to enter the contest. "Rather, it is open to all design professionals." 

"When first introduced to the Chicago Latino Film Festival, I was intrigued by the energy and vitality of the previous designs. My inspiration stemmed from the tradition of the sugar skull. I translated the intricate detailing of the skull into a graphic whirlwind of festive color. The typographic message creates the jaw of the skull, incorporating word and image. The goal of this design is to celebrate tradition while adding a fresh interpretation." -Jori Cicale

More Media Coverage:

-La Raza
-DNAinfo.com
-Hoy​
The Chicago Latino Film Festival​ is the largest and oldest such event in the nation, drawing huge crowds to watch more than 100 films each year. 

"I wanted the look to be simple but vibrant," Cicale said. "For me, this design needed to grab your attention immediately, just as any good film should do." 

For her efforts, Cicale received an award of $1,000, an invitation to the festival's opening gala and two tickets to opening night of the festival on April 11. 

The design originated as a Mexican sugar skull, or calavera, which is traditionally used to decorate an altar during Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. After coming at it with a fresh perspective, she transformed it into the brightly colored, eye-catching standalone image that was selected, Cicale told local newspaper The Gate

"My first design was a sugar skull and if you see the design where I ended up, it’s completely different, you wouldn’t even think they were related. But I started putting pieces of color onto the skull and created a whirlwind of color within it," she said. 

Entries were viewed by a panel of seven judges from the fields of academia, design and marketing and were judged on creativity, graphic impact and marketability.

"Every year we want something that is going to be beautiful to the eye but also something that sends the message of what we believe that year’s theme and message is," said Homero Tristan, board chairman of the CLFF. "[Cicale’s] piece shows real diversity and a kind of coming together of many things and I think that’s what the 29th year represents."

Photo courtesy Carolina Sanchez/CLFF
Contact: Dan Armstrong - (708) 524-6452 - darmstrong@dom.edu
More Dominican News
Mound Bread Sale
If you are a student interested in "Native American Culture & Spirituality" (THEO 381), or if you would like to order Mound Bread, an information table will be set up in the Lewis Link October 28, 29, and 30th. Read more...
Halloween May be Scary but the Flu is Worse!
Last Flu Vaccine Clinic 10/29/2014 Parmer Hall 1-3 p.m. Cost $30  Read more...
Recipe Box Cafe - November 6 Theme is "Harvest Celebration"
Join the students in the Quantity Food Production and Service course as they serve fantastic food planned around an incredible theme. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited space.  Read more...
Trick or Treat Halloween Open House Nursing Simulation Lab
Trick or Treat Halloween Open House 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, in the Nursing Simulation Lab.  Read more...
Open Call Auditions for Black Box Experiment
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in the Open Call Auditions for the Black Box Experiment: Family.  Read more...
The Mazzuchelli Lecture
Save the Date: November 5, Mazzuchelli Lecture "Caritas et Veritas: The Case for Cultural Competence." Read more...
Know Your Rights Workshop with the ACLU
Learn what your rights are if stopped or approached by police or immigration officers in this interactive workshop with legal experts.  Read more...
Dominican A-Z