Artwork Contest Background

Recognizing the significant population of talented artists living and working in southern coastal Delaware, in 2008 the Rehoboth Beach Film Society decided to engage the talents of the art community in a competitive submission process. Artists were asked to create an original piece of artwork with film and coastal Delaware in mind. The selected piece would then be integrated into the Festival theme for that year and featured in programs, posters, t-shirts, ads, and many other collateral materials.

The thought that involving local artists would add more meaning to the Festival artwork theme for film buffs and local residents proved to be so true. This process is not only a great opportunity for the Festival to benefit from local talents, it also provides unbeatable exposure for the chosen artist.

Now in its seventh year, the Art Submission Contest has become a regular tradition of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. The overall creativity and quality of the submissions improve each year which makes the selection process very challenging, but also enjoyable. The Film Society appreciates the work from all submitting artists as each piece illustrates a very creative approach to connecting the theme of film with the coastal area.

Below we present the 2013 featured artist as well as artists from previous years. If you are interested in participating, click here to read Artwork Contest Call for Entries.

The deadline for submitting artwork for the 2014 Film Festival is March 14, 2014.


The theme for the 16th anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival was inspired by Damon Pla’s acrylic on canvas titled “Old Man and The Must See.”

“Old Man and The Must See” is based around the fascination of a combination of machines working together to serve one purpose, accentuating a journey, not a destination. In this case, emphasizing the work of the camera, not the subject being filmed.

Born in South Florida, Damon Pla was drawn to express himself through art at an early age. Upon completing various portfolio classes in high school, his advanced drawing and painting skills led him to pursue commercial and private commissions soon after graduation. After a decade of large scale projects throughout Florida and neighboring regions, the largely self-taught artist moved to Delaware to absorb a different landscape.

Thank you Damon for bringing a new style of artistic creativity to this year’s Festival.

A special thanks to Beverly Andrion, Joanna Austin, David Burslem, Debra Folsom, Brenna Gause, Jane Knaus, Faith Lord, Peggy Paul, Claudia Ratner, and Cassie Walker for submitting wonderfully creative art for consideration.


Previous Featured Artists and Artwork

2012: Laura Ambler

2011: Damon Pla

2010: Nina Stamus

2009: Batenga Obuseh

2008: Faith Lord

See previous years' artwork here.