Waterloo Festival 2014
Short Film Score Composition Competition
Eligibility: Anyone between 18-35 years of age can enter.
Brief: A score to accompany the short film “A Journey’s End” (the film is around 5 minutes duration). You can download a copy of the film by visiting http://vimeo.com/87933524, or email email@example.com to request one.
Forces: Two categories: (1) oboe quintet (oboe + string quartet); (2) electronic (where at least one of the instruments must be synthesised).
Performance: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 3.30pm, BFI Southbank, London.
Judging panel: Walter Fabeck (Harmonie Band); Colin Maxwell (Royal Opera House)
Deadline: For entry forms and fee: Friday 11 April, 2014. For completed entries: Friday 9 May, 2014.
Entry fee: £8, to cover administration and consulting fees.
If you would like to view and hear last year’s winners and runners-up, please click here.
The overall winner from each category will receive £500.
Shortlisted scores from each category will be performed at a screening of the film at BFI Southbank in London on Tuesday 1 July, 2014, 3.30pm. Members of Southbank Sinfonia will perform the selected scores from category (1) live alongside the film. The overall winner from each category will also be announced at this event.
How to enter – what you need to do
The competition is now closed for entries. For all those who have registered, we look forward to receiving your completed scores on or before May 9th (see below).
Of course, you can start composing before you send us your entry form and fee. However, please make sure that the form and fee reach us by Friday 11 April, 2014, at the following address:
Film Score Composition Competition 2014 St John’s Church Waterloo Road London SE1 8TY UK
Then, submit two copies of each of the following by Friday 9 May, 2014 to the same address:
Category (1): oboe quintet
(a) The full (conductor’s) score, notated with directions on how the music synchronises with the film;
(b) The individual parts (violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, oboe);
(c) On CD, a file (in .mp4, .m4v, .mov, or .avi format) containing the film with the audio synchronised alongside it. (The audio can be an electronic rendering (e.g. taken directly from a notation software package));
(d) A covering note with name, address, and date of birth.
Category (2): electronic
(a) On CD, a file (in .mp4, .m4v, .mov, or .avi format) containing the film with the audio synchronised alongside it;
(b) A covering note with name, address, and date of birth.
Please ensure that no personal identifying information is included on the score, parts or recording, so the entries can be anonymised prior to judging.
Information on the Judges
Walter’s career as a pianist and composer has taken him into a diverse range of musical worlds. Orchestras and ensembles he’s worked with include the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Lontano, London Sinfonietta, Icebreaker and the Michael Nyman Band.
Since 1988 he’s been accompanying silent films around Europe with Harmonie Band, with whom he toured in Poland recently in collaboration with the Hilliard Ensemble. Walter has regular engagements as a Keyboardist/Musical Director at London’s National Theatre, and records sessions for film and television.
As a composer he has created scores and performed in a wide range of media and performing arts including site-specific choreography with ‘Sirens Crossing’. He is connected with developments in Electro-Instrumental music through his self-made “Chromasone” instrument and his association with the STEIM Foundation in Amsterdam. He currently teaches privately as director of Bankside Keys on London’s South Bank.
Colin is a Production Manager at the Royal Opera House, where he has worked closely with international designers, directors and choreographers for the last 30 years in the realisation of designs for opera and ballet productions. Other design work includes “Cosi fan tutte” for The Royal Opera, “Travels in the Arctic Circle” for the ROH Garden Venture and “La traviata” for Raymond Gubbay, along with a number of galas and special events at the Royal Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall, the Banqueting Hall and elsewhere. Colin and his family have lived in Waterloo for 25 years.
Terms and Conditions
All entries submitted must be new and original compositions which have not previously been performed in public, recorded or published. For the avoidance of doubt, a public performance includes a broadcast (webcast or streaming) on YouTube, MySpace or any other social networking medium.
Composers entering this competition warrant that their work is original and hitherto unpublished and will not infringe any third party’s copyright.
Entrants must be between 18-35 years of age on 1 July, 2014.
Entrants must provide the competition organisers with names and addresses and other details as requested on the entry form, which will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not pass your details on to any third party.
All entries in category (1) are expected to make use of all instrumental forces available (i.e. violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, oboe). Entries in category (2) must make reasonable use of at least one synthesised instrument or sound; otherwise there are no restrictions on instrumentation for this category.
Composers can only enter one category, and may enter no more than one work.
Employees and close family members of St John’s Church, Waterloo and the Waterloo Festival Committee and persons connected to the competition and their close relatives are not eligible to enter. Proof of age, identity and eligibility may be requested.
Scores from category (1) that are chosen for the performance on July 1 will have an opportunity to work with the instrumentalists at a rehearsal on the morning of Friday June 27, 2014 at St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. This will be for the purpose of advising on the interpretation of their score only. A slot of 1 hour will be allotted to each composer, which cannot be extended. The date and venue of the rehearsal cannot be changed.
Composers submitting a score in category (1) are required to conduct their own performance of the score, should they require that it is conducted and the score is chosen for the performance on July 1. If a composer is conducting their own score, attendance at the rehearsals on the morning of Friday June 27, 2014 at St John’s Church, Waterloo, London and immediately prior to the event at BFI Southbank on the day is compulsory.
Composers submitting a score in category (1) who wish to use a click-track are required to submit the click-track as a separate audio file in addition to a copy of the film with the click-track synchronised alongside it.
The organisers reserve the right in their absolute discretion to make substitutions if any of the judges is unable or unwilling to act.
The judges reserve the right to withhold prizes should the entries not be of a sufficiently high standard.
The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. The judges are unable to provide feedback on individual submissions. Should an individual not be available after reasonable attempts to contact them, the judges reserve the right to select another entry if appropriate.
The shortlisted entrants who have been selected for the performance on July 1 will be notified by 20 June, 2014. The overall winner from each category will be taken from this shortlist and announced at the performance on July 1.
It is not possible to return individual scores after the competition.
The overall winner from each category will receive £500.
Shortlisted scores from each category will be performed at a screening of the film at BFI Southbank on Tuesday 1 July, 2014, 3.30pm. Members of Southbank Sinfonia will perform the selected scores from category (1) live alongside the film.
Travel expenses cannot be reimbursed for the event on Tuesday 1 July, 2014. Composers are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
Composers submitting to this competition agree to reasonable requests in respect of publicity (photographs, interviews, broadcasts) in connection with the competition.
Copyright of the entries remain with the composers. Composers agree to allow the use of their compositions without charge as is necessary for the purposes of this competition and the promotion of the Waterloo Festival, including during the live event on July 1, 2014, subject to the rights of the Performing Right Society Ltd.
The Waterloo Festival Committee reserves the right to cancel or adapt the competition, or vary or change the prizes.
The terms and conditions of this competition are subject to the laws of England and Wales.