The art of the movie poster is an endangered species. Each year it seems like more and more posters look and feel the same. You know it’s a problem when a film poster for a cerebral Denis Villeneuve movie looks exactly like every other blockbuster on the market (sorry “Arrival,” but this poster does not do your movie justice). Fortunately, indies are here to lead the charge with inventive marketing and daring one-sheets.
Whether it was for major awards contenders like “Moonlight” or “La La Land” or more overlooked titles such as “The Childhood of A Leader” and “Operation Avalanche,” the following 20 images proved movie posters can still be an art form. As part of IndieWire’s year in review, we’ve gathered up the 20 one-sheets that continue to make our eyes pop and leave an impression in our minds. Visit the gallery above to check out the 20 best indie movie posters of 2016, or click here to visit the page.