Emerging Composer Finalists

Robert Neumair
Winner, Italy
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Daniel Beja
1st Runner Up, France
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James William Blades
2nd Runner Up, United Kingdom
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Aija Alsina
Finalist, Latvia
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Francois Beauvais
Finalist, Canada
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Amanda Falkenberg
Finalist, United Arab Emirates
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Brad Frey
Finalist, United States
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Tigran Shirinyan
Finalist, United States
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Marcin Wasilewski
Finalist, Poland
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Mihwa Yun
Finalist, United States
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Youth Composer Finalists

Lawson Madlener
Winner, United States
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John Konsolakis
1st Runner Up, Greece
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Noah Horowitz
2nd Runner Up, United States
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Marlon William Caro
Finalist, United States
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William Bennett
Finalist, Canada
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Lydia Lukyanov
Finalist, United States
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Hannah Rich
Finalist, United States
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Isabella Dussias
Finalist, United States
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Robby Good
Finalist, United States
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Tobias Alexander Ratka
Finalist, Austria
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The Contest

For over 60 years, CINE has honored student and emerging talent in film and video.  But we know that media is much more — so in 2012, we created a unique, innovative contest to recognize emerging film composers.

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The contest is simple: Composers create a new score to a Golden Eagle award-winning short film. Scores are anonymously evaluated, and all composers receive judging comments. The top ranked scores are named as finalists, and a winner is selected by a distinguished jury of noted film-music professionals.

This year, we’ve created a category for youth (under 18) composers to discover and champion the next generation of great composers.

The winners of the Marvin Hamlisch Award in the Youth and Emerging categories will receive a trophy presented at CINE Celebrates: New York.

We are proud to announce the distinguished jury for the 2016 Marvin Hamlisch Contest: Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna (Best Original Score, Life of Pi, 2012); multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee George S. Clinton; and Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor and conductor Daniel Carlin (Chair of Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at USC’s Thornton School of Music); composer and music supervisor Ronald Sadoff, Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt; composer Alison Plante, acting chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music; and Vasco Hexel, composer, conductor, arranger and area leader in the Composition for Screen program at the Royal College of Music.

Pictured above: 2015 Marvin Hamlisch Contest winner Carlos Simon (second from left), presented with the Marvin Hamlisch Award by Terre Blair Hamlisch (center) at CINE Celebrates: New York 2015. Also pictured: CINE Board member Brandon Litman (far right), CINE Executive Director Jon Gann (far left), and CINE Director of Awards and Operations Betsy Walters.

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Marvin Hamlisch's Legacy

Photographed by Len Prince from the exhibition: Remembering Marvin Hamlisch "The People
Photographed by Len Prince
from the exhibition:
Remembering Marvin Hamlisch
“The People’s Composer”

A prolific and revered composer, Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) won nearly every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globe awards, as well as a shared Pulitzer Prize for his music for “A Chorus Line” (awarded to the show’s writing and production team). His contributions to the world of film were extraordinary: He created music for more than forty films and received Oscars for his remarkable adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music in “The Sting” and his classic score and song for “The Way We Were.” He created scores for renowned filmmakers Woody Allen, Robert Redford and Steven Soderbergh, and he even wrote a classic James Bond theme (“Nobody Does It Better” from 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me”).

CINE was honored to present Marvin Hamlisch with the first-ever CINE Legends Award at the 2012 CINE Awards Gala in Washington, DC, where he dazzled the audience with a medley of his legendary work. Mr. Hamlisch agreed to announce the creation of CINE’s first Film Scoring Contest and serve as a guest judge for the inaugural contest. Sadly, he passed away before the contest’s launch.

With our great thanks to Terre Blair Hamlisch and his estate for their generosity, we are proud to pay tribute to our kind and gifted friend by renaming the contest in his honor.

Find out more about the amazing life and career of Marvin Hamlisch and watch clips of his work at www.marvinhamlisch.us.