By Nicole Sperling
Updated May 11, 2010 at 05:38 PM EDT
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Joining a list of artists that includes Julian Schnabel, William Wegman, and Gary Larson, Pixar artist Ralph Eggleston has lent his talent to the poster for the 37th Telluride Film Festival. Eggleston — who wrote, designed, and directed the Pixar short For the Birds, along with serving as the production designer on Finding Nemo and Wall*E — was inspired by the famous hitchhiking scene from the Clark Gable-Claudette Colbert classic It Happened One Night, though “by way of a trip to the Telluride Film Festival,” said Eggleston. The Pixar vet will create a second poster to be unveiled closer to the festival, which occurs over Labor Day Weekend in Telluride, Colo.

The picturesque locale is often a launching pad for many Oscar contenders. Smaller in size, the Telluride Festival prides itself on not announcing its slate of movies until the start of the fest. Movies such as Juno and Brokeback Mountain launched their successful awards campaigns at the festival in years past.

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