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 ninth 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 2016 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 submission deadline for the 2017 Film Festival is March 13, 2017.


K.E. Jiminez

The theme for the 19th anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival was inspired by K.E Jiminez's art submission titled “Tranquility.”

K. E. Jiminez’s mixed media on paper titled “Tranquility” was selected as the art theme for the 19th anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival and is featured on the poster, program, ads, t-shirts, and other collateral materials.

Ms. Jiminez is a self-taught professional artist and illustrator. She is the third born of ten siblings, and has always loved art and used it as a means of communication. See more of her work at

When asked what the inspiration was for this artwork, she replied, “You can unwind at the beach while watching a nice sunset. You can also unwind at the theater while watching a nice movie. I imagined the most iconic figures that I associate with both places and the ‘Tranquility’ piece developed from those associations.”

Board President Allen Stafford stated, “The Film Society appreciates the work of all the artists who create a special piece of art specifically oriented for this event. The individual creativity and talent that is displayed in each submission is enjoyable to view as well as challenging to judge.”

Bids for the framed original art “Tranquility” will be accepted during the Film Festival through a silent auction process held at the Festival’s Box Office located in the Cinema Art Theater.


Previous Featured Artists and Artwork

2015: Steve Drum

2014: Claudia Ratner

2013: Daman Pla

2012: Laura Ambler

2011: Damon Pla

2010: Nina Stamus

2009: Batenga Obuseh

2008: Faith Lord

See previous years' artwork here.