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FilmScore 2015

Published on Tuesday, 8th September 2015

Bath Film Festival’s youth composing competition is getting set for another successful year of encouraging young people to get into film score composition.

Music loving young people across the South West are being given the chance to win prizes worth £2,700  as the region’s biggest  and longest running film festival starts the countdown to its 25th anniversary edition in December by launching a quest to find the best new film score composers.

 FilmScore is a competition run by Bath Film Festival to find the next brilliant young composer. Professional film makers donate their short films with the soundtrack removed to the project then young people aged  14-19 yrs old are invited to compose music for the films in the hope of winning the illustrious competition and £2700 worth of cash prizes. We have selected 6 excellent short films, including an Aardman film (Morph, Twin Decks); a brilliant short film from the National Film & Television School, and a couple of international shorts from the London International Animation Festival.

This year to meet demand, the project has grown out of its geographical remit of Bristol/Bath, now young composers from across the South West will be applying to the project.

The project culminates with a Gala Award Ceremony at Komedia, Bath in March 2016 judged by professional film composers with prizes and a ceremony attended by industry professionals. The young composers who enter are supported by online tips and tricks, a workshop programme and opportunities to become music ambassadors.

Bath Film Festival is a showcase for the most creative, intelligent and thought provoking new films and film events in the South West. It provides opportunities for new film-makers to reach a diverse audience in the local area and beyond.  BFF is best place in the south west for exclusive previews of the biggest new feature films and documentaries. It presents a regionally unrivalled programme of cinema classics and award-winning world cinema.

The FilmScore project was born out Bath Film Festival's now legendary  “The Passion of Joan of Arc” event in Bath Abbey with 24 musicians on stage playing a score written and performed by Adrian Utley of Portishead and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.

The competition launches on 14th September 2015; applications are then open until January 2016 with the finalists chosen ready for the final awards ceremony and event in March 2016

Opportunities for young music makers make their mark are thin on the ground. Bath Film Festival wants to open up the industry and support young people to expand their skills and interest in the film and music industry. FilmScore is committed to developing talent; introducing young people to music composition as a career and signposting them to music related development opportunities.

"FilmScore is a thoroughly worthwhile project. It provides a unique opportunity for aspiring film composers in the South West. The 2015 finalists set a high standard for their successors, which I’ve no doubt will be maintained.” Gary Yershon (nominated for an Academy award 2014 for best original score)

"FilmScore is a wonderful event to inspire and encourage the next generation of film composers. Any young person interested in music for film should enter and benefit from this unique and exciting experience." Debbie Wiseman MBE Composer/Conductor

BFF's FilmScore was a unique and inspirational project for the vulnerable young people from our project. Our young finalist is home schooled due to anxiety. To see her onstage sharing her work with industry experts was profound and moving.” Jamie Luck, Mentoring Plus

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