Posters

General

Multiple Versions

We allow most official posters including posters for different versions, types of releases or countries, and posters using alternative titles (working title, festival title, original title, new title).

We now allow posters with banners for special releases (e.g. Widescreen, Blu-ray or DVD), even when the same image without a banner is already available.

We do not allow posters for unofficial versions such as fan cuts, fandubs or alternate commentary (e.g. RiffTrax).

Custom Posters

Stripped down versions of official posters as well as custom posters made from promo pictures and logos are allowed (example).

Please try to pick an image that has a poster feel to it. A good example is this custom poster made for the french movie Zig Zig).

It's going to be the image representing that movie so choose wisely.

Unofficial Material

No posters made from material unrelated to the movie (e.g. book covers or the soundtrack) or any unofficial material (e.g. candid pictures), or "fan art" posters created by amateur or professional artists.

While it is not officially supported, we sometimes tolerate good quality posters made from non-official material to be used as fillers for upcoming movies until official material is made available. However, it is better to wait until the movie is confirmed and/or in production.

No back covers, pictures of a DVD or a DVD set.

Recorded Event

Posters for recorded events (concerts, stand-up comedy shows, theatre plays, festivals) should be the poster of the video/digital/TV/theater release instead of the poster of the event.

Aspect Ratio

An aspect ratio of 1:1.5 (2:3) is usually preferred.

Tip

Width × 1.5 = Height
Height ÷ 1.5 = Width

However, posters with an aspect ratio between 1:1.33 and 1:1.67 are allowed, especially if the poster can't be cropped without destroying the image and/or cutting text or logos in half.

Borders

Only borders that are part of the original design are allowed.

Nudity

Some posters with brief nudity are accepted. For example, this poster for the movie Blind. The decisions are made by the mods on a case-by-case basis.

Primary

The top poster should be a "clean" poster when one is available. We count on you guys to up-vote the best textless posters in each languages to the top. While this policy might not please everyone, it is simply a matter of consistency in our design.

Moderators can set a poster as primary when needed, for example when the top-voted poster is not title-only, has an imperfect aspect ratio or when a better poster is uploaded. The guidelines for primary posters requests are located here.

The primary poster has to:

  • be naked/clean i.e. no credits, text (other than title), taglines or logos
  • have an aspect ratio of exactly 1:1.5
  • have a minimum resolution of 1000x1500px
  • meet all of our poster and image quality guidelines

It looks good when all the posters of the movies in a movie collection matches. However, the selection of a good poster for each individual movie is far more important.

Language

The language of a poster can be determined by the smallest details. Always look for clues in the text, companies logos and the website. For example, this poster is Dutch, not English. Look closely at distributor logo under the billing credits. Independent Films and Belga Films are the Dutch and Belgian distributors. The Facebook page VolgIndependentFilms is also Dutch.

Sometimes the same title is written with two different alphabets. Using Hindi/Bollywood movies as an example, "दंगल" and its romanized title "Dangal" might look like two different titles, but they are pronounced the same. The English translation is actually "Wrestling Competition". Therefore the correct language for Indian posters using "दंगल" and "Dangal" is Hindi.

Original Title Posters

The policy for clean, original title-only posters is that they should be set to the original language. For example, when there is no localized text/company logo on American film posters using the original title, the posters should be set to English.

Please do not re-upload posters to set the duplicates to a different language. A good way around our regulations is to upload posters with a tagline or a language-specific logo. For example, this poster has a French tagline.

The actual language of the title is irrelevant. For example, title-only posters for the Dutch movie "Boy 7" should be set as Dutch, even though "Boy" is an English word.

Titleless Posters

Posters without a title that have text on them should be filed under their respective languages. For example, a title-less poster with an English tagline and/or English credits) should be set to English.

Beware, the same logic applies as with title-only posters: if an English tagline is used on the original poster for an non-English film, the tagline-only poster will still be added to the original language, not English.

No Language

The "No Language" setting is used for textless key poster art.

Newly uploaded images are set as "No Language" by default, please remember to go refresh the page and set the right language to your uploaded posters!

Sabotage

Setting poster languages incorrectly to promote a poster is sabotage and will result in a warning or possibly even a ban.

TV Shows

Television posters are added at two different levels: series and seasons. These posters are bound by the same guidelines as movie posters.

We prefer to have the latest season's poster as the primary series poster for currently airing television series.

TV Seasons

Season promo posters, customized season posters (with or without season markers) and DVD posters are accepted as TV season posters as long as they follow our image guidelines... and are added to the right season! ;)

Ideally, a customized season poster should be made with promo images for its respective season and be in congruence with the series' key art.

We prefer when the season posters have a similar style, but we understand it is not always possible.

Season posters have a minimum resolution of 400x578px.

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