Opportunity: FilmScore 2015 – score writing competition for 14 to 19 year olds

Bath Film Festival, has just launched FilmScore 2015, an exciting new competition for 14-19 year olds in the South West to write a score for a short film.

FilmScore is the only competition of its kind in the UK and offers an amazing opportunity for 14 – 19 year olds to write music for a short film, with the chance to have it heard by industry professionals and win up to £1,000.

Following an extremely successful pilot in Bath/Bristol last year it’s now being expanded to the whole of the South West of England.

We are asking you to help us by encouraging the young musicians you teach to enter the competition as part of their musical development, and to enable them to take this opportunity to build a career in the music/film industry.

FilmScore fits neatly with

  • BTEC Level 2 and 3 (looking at composition and sequencing music)
  • First Award in Music
  • GCSE and A Level.

FilmScore provide everything the students need – the films, curriculum resources, promotional material, as well as the prizes, the Grand Final and the judges, who have previously included Gary Yershon (Oscar nominated for Mr Turner), Dickon Hincliffe (Winter’s Bone), Kelvin Swaby (lead singer of The Heavy) and Sarah Class (composer for BBC’s Africa series etc).

FilmScore provides a potential path into the Film/TV business, through the contacts we bring and wider recognition of young people’s talent on a regional and national scale (one of last year’s finalists is now being mentored by Gary Yershon, for example).

Entry is free.

The score can be composed of any form of sound: found sound, Foley and structured sound so long as there are no breaches of copyright.  No written score is required.

There is a carefully selected selection of varied short films to choose from; we have stripped off the sound track so the films are ready for their new compositions. You can see them here.

Compositions can be made by individuals or groups and is not restricted to schools.

The closing date for entries is January 31st 2016.

  • The Grand Final (March 24th 2016) will feature the best entries and the judges will be professional composers from film and TV.
  • There will be prizes of up to £1,000 for winners plus excellent networking opportunities. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the age range 14-16 and 17-19. No more than 2 entries for each film will be shortlisted.

If you have any questions, please email Niki Jewett the Coordinator for FilmScore

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