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Please note: this contest is open exclusively to UCLA students in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

“Time and again, no movie event in Los Angeles has excited me more than this one… The festival not only showcases the restoration of classic films to pristine condition, it delights in shining a light on hidden gems and unexpected corners of the cinematic universe.”— Film critic Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times(opens in a new tab), from his review of the 20th UCLA Festival of Preservation.

Project Overview

The UCLA Film & Television Archive(opens in a new tab) will present the 21st UCLA Festival of Preservation at the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, Friday–Sunday, April 5–7, 2024.

The UCLA Festival of Preservation is the Archive’s flagship biennial event showcasing the latest preservation and restoration projects on the big screen, including a distinctive lineup of beloved classics alongside underseen and rediscovered works from film and television history. The program draws cinephiles from across Los Angeles and beyond.

The Archive is looking for student artists to participate in a contest to create a film poster that shows their unique interpretation of the newly restored film Smog (1962) by Franco Rossi.

About Smog

Set against the modernist backdrop of Los Angeles, Smog (Italy, 1962) takes place during a 48-hour airport layover between Los Angeles and Mexico as seen through the eyes of an Italian visitor and an Italian immigrant. Featuring iconic architecture and landmarks such as the Theme Building at LAX, the Case Study House #22, the Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, Bernard Judge’s Triponent House, and the oil fields of Baldwin Hills, this once “forgotten” film is a story about a city’s landscape told through the eyes of outsiders.

For more on the film, visit:

Restored by HFPA: “Smog” (1962) – A Long-Lost Gem
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A “forgotten” film from 1962 that can teach us a lot about modernism(opens in a new tab)

Selection Process

Poster design submissions will be juried by:

  • Eric Skillman, Brooklyn-based art director, designer, and writer best known for his two-decade association with The Criterion Collection.
  • May Hong HaDuong, Associate University Librarian and Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive.
  • Ariane Bicho, Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing, UCLA Library; former communications director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.


Winner will receive: $750; Runner-up: $250

The winning poster design will be displayed in the lobby of the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum during the festival.

The poster and the artist will be featured in the 2024 UCLA Festival of Preservation communications, including on social media, in-theater slide, website, etc.


Email intent to participate by: January 17, 2024
Submit poster design by: January 31, 2024
Jury selection: February 5-23, 2024
Winner and runner-up announced: week of March 4, 2024

How to participate

This contest is open exclusively to UCLA students in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Please email Marisa Soto at with the following information:

Use the subject line: Smog Movie Poster Contest; in the body of the message, include:

1. First and last name, class year, and program
2. Short bio, up to 135 words

Once qualified to participate, students will receive a password-protected link with access to watch the film as well as directions for poster submission.

For additional information or questions, please email Marisa Soto.

About the UCLA Film & Television Archive

A division of UCLA Library, the UCLA Film & Television Archive(opens in a new tab) is internationally renowned for rescuing, preserving and showcasing moving image media and is dedicated to ensuring that the visual achievements of our time are available for information, education and enjoyment. The Archive has over 500,000 film and television holdings conserved in a state-of-the-art facility at the Packard Humanities Institute Stoa in Santa Clarita, CA, that is designed to hold materials ranging from nitrate film to digital video at all preservation standards. Many of the Archive’s projects are screened at prestigious film events around the globe.

The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum is the home of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's public programs. The theater is among a handful of venues nationwide able to exhibit an entire century's worth of moving images in their original formats. From the earliest silent films requiring variable speed projection up to cutting-edge digital cinema, the Wilder can accommodate an array of screen technologies.