Emerging Composer Finalists

  • Amanda Falkenberg
  • Chris McGuire
  • Daniel Gare
  • Danny Ryan
  • Graham Southern
  • Marco Facchin
  • Nic Danielson
  • Peter Baumann
  • Romain Frati
  • Yiğit Deriga

Youth Composer Finalists

  • Chance Anderson
  • Natalia Chatzopoulou
  • Tim Doubinski
  • Isabella Dussias
  • Robby Good
  • Ben Henault
  • Anja Lobnik
  • Emilia Matthews
  • Magda Mazur
  • Tobias Ratka

Sponsors and Prizes

We’re grateful to the sponsors of the Marvin Hamlisch Contest for their support of youth and emerging composers:

Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — The Complete Embertone Collection, valued at over $1,000 (US)

Embertone obsessively samples great instruments, finding new ways to capture their essence, and programming them in an intuitive and responsive package. The winner of our Emerging category will receive their entire collection — over 20 instruments!

Finalists (Emerging and Youth Categories) — Solo Strings Bundle, valued at $375 (US)

A deeply sampled solo strings collection featuring Leonid Bass, an amazing upright bass made in Italy in the 1700’s and played by the accomplished bassist Leonid Finkleshteyn; Fischer Viola, an ultra advanced solo viola virtual instrument more than a year in the making; Blakus Cello, a collaboration with the mighty Blake Robinson, Australian composer/cellist extraordinaire; and Friedlander Violin, a virtual violin with malleable, intuitive controls, and an authentic, living sound.

All Contestants — $20 (US) voucher to the Embertone store

Grand Prizes (Emerging and Youth Categories) — MOTU 624™ Thunderbolt™ / USB3 / AVB Ethernet audio interface with DSP and mixing, valued at $795 (US), and Digital Performer 9, valued at $795 (US)

Equipped with renowned ESS Sabre32 Ultra™ DAC technology, the 624 packs the award-winning analog audio quality and proven performance from MOTU’s flagship 1248 interface into a compact, mobile half-rack enclosure with 16 inputs and 16 outputs, including 2 pristine mic preamps, 2 guitar inputs, 4×6 line in/out, phones and 8-channel optical. Advanced features include low-latency Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity, 48-channel mixing, DSP effects, AVB audio networking and Wi-Fi control.

Digital Performer 9 represents a complete studio production experience on your computer desktop. Record, edit, mix, process and master polished recordings. Combine external hardware — synths, controllers, mics, instruments, compressors — with virtual instruments, loops, audio tracks and MIDI tracks, all together in a seamless, intuitive production environment. Work musically with features like the Drum Editor and QuickScribe notation, then switch gears for creative production techniques with inspiring plug-ins like DP’s Subkick, Ensemble Chorus, and guitar FX plug-ins. Import loops, launch virtual instruments and 3rd-party plug-ins: Digital Performer is the consummate host. Then polish your recording with Digital Performer’s extensive editing, mixing, processing and mastering tools. No matter how you approach your music and audio production, DP’s highly customizable user interface empowers your personal workflow.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category and Youth Categories) — Evolution Stratosphere, Evolution Flatpick 6 and Evolution Mandolin, valued at $537 (US)

First Runners-Up (Emerging and Youth Categories) — Evolution Mandolin and Evolution Flatpick 6, valued at $358 (US)

Second Runners-Up (Emerging and Youth Categories) — Evolution Mandolin, valued at $179 (US)

When Orange Tree Samples introduced their line of guitar sample libraries in 2008, it represented a stunning leap forward in sampled guitar realism. Today, you’ll find the Evolution line of guitars and basses in final productions of numerous movie and television scores, trailers, games, even pop hits. Evolution Stratosphere represents the fifth generation of the Evolution guitar engine and incorporates refinements that provide unparalleled realism and more intuitive play.

If you need a realistic mandolin that works perfectly for country, folk, and Americana, look no further! Meticulously sampled, Evolution Mandolin features multiple round-robin in both pick directions for ample variation while playing. Its three velocity layers offer a wide, expressive dynamic range. In addition to all the staple articulations, including palm mutes, harmonics, and legato, we also sampled misfretted notes that can be interspersed in your mandolin performance for additional realism.

From feathery soft dynamics to bright energetic sustains, Evolution Flatpick 6 gives you a highly-authentic flatpicking guitar perfect for folk, country, and bluegrass music. Evolution Flatpick 6 features a handmade steel string acoustic guitar with a full, lively tone. Crafted by a distinguished luthier, the guitar’s construction features a special variation on hybrid bracing, using smaller and lighter braces for a rich bass response and crisp treble frequencies.

Each product license includes the free Kontakt Player.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Sonokinetic Orchestral Bundle, valued at $1,760 (US)

The Sonokinetic Orchestral Bundle features a dazzling array of cinematic orchestral sampling including ostinato strings, maximo, woodwinds ensembles extended, sotto, tutti vox, capriccio, grosso, minimal da capo, vivace, tutti & scores (maximo, sotto, tuttivox, capriccio, grosso, minimal, vivace & tutti). Find out more and view Sonokinetic’s complete line at www.sonokinetic.net.

Grand Prize (Emerging and Youth Categories) — Finale version 25, valued at $600 (US)

Finale is the world-wide industry standard in music notation software. Anywhere music appears on the printed page, Finale lilely created those pages. Finale helps the choir to sing, the band to march, the students to learn, and the orchestra to raise the excitement level in the latest blockbuster movie.

Part of what sets Finale apart is its unique ability to create anything on the printed page. Where other software offers paint-by-numbers solutions, Finale offers complete freedom and flexibility. As a result, musicians around the world rely on Finale to create, edit, audition, print, and publish the widest variety of musical scores.

Finale also offers breathtakingly realistic music playback, and more ways to share music with others.

Today’s Finale represents the latest evolution in music notation software, making Finale’s signature freedom and flexibility easy for everyone to use.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Voices of Gaia Bundle, valued at $267 (US)

This bundle includes all of the Voice of Gaia exotic and indie vocal soloists: Francesca Lilac Genco, an all-new exotic female solo mezzo-soprano who sings dramatic fusions of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian vocal styles, creating her own language; Linda Strawberry Coloma, a professional solo mezzo-soprano with an intense, dynamic and truly expressive quality perfect for everything from cinematic scoring, EDM and dreampop to industrial and world music; and Bryan “Bryn” Lane, an eclectic male tenor trained in operatic vocal techniques, inspired in equal parts by Middle-Eastern and American Spiritual and Gospel music.

Grand Prize (Youth Category) — Elysium Harp, valued at $149 (US)

Elysium Harp is a 47-string grand concert pedal harp virtual instrument library, fully compatible with the free Kontakt Player and Komplete Kontrol S-Series Keyboards by Native Instruments. We recorded this massive Lyon & Healy bronze concert harp in exquisite detail, with extended articulation choices, advanced controls, easy play-assist features and warm presence across the entire key range.

First Runner-Up (Emerging Category) — Olympus Elements, valued at $99 (US)

Olympus Elements is a powerful choral instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt Player, Komplete Kontrol and S-Series Keyboards that puts the core functionality and raw sonic power of our massive 63-voice Olympus Symphonic Choir into a compact and easy-to-use interface, with rich features, dynamic playability and brilliant acoustics.

First Runner-Up (Youth Category) — Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble Micro and Olympus Micro Choir, valued at $58 (US)

Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble Micro is the compact starter edition of our acclaimed Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble library. This heavy cinematic drum library features a total of 28 hard-hitting ensemble articulations, including 6 concert snare drum sets, 5 large tom sets, 7 bass drum sets, 4 Indian Dhol Egyptian Riq and a Greek Daf articulation.

Olympus Micro Choir is the official introductory pack to the mighty Olympus Symphonic Choral Collection, but it goes much further than that. This light-weight, user-friendly choir instrument stands alone as the perfect tool for musicians who just need a basic choir in their mix, without all the fuss. Divided into matching men’s and women’s divisi sections, Olympus Micro includes a classic set of great-sounding ‘Ah’ and ‘Oo’ vowel sustains, with both natural and smooth “pad” modes. It also offers a pair of synchronized Latin and Russian sustaining words (called “polysustains”), as well as ‘Ah’ and ‘Oo’ staccato syllables.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Automatic Membership to the Composer Pool at SCORE A SCORE, where you’ll work with top-level clients throughout the entertainment industry.

SCORE A SCORE helps musicians and composers discover exciting opportunities in the music-for-picture industry, while providing media-makers an outlet to access top-tier musical talent from around the globe. SCORE A SCORE has worked with a variety of film, television, gaming and corporate clients — and the winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Contest gets to skip the audition process and join the composers working through SCORE A SCORE.


Grand Prize (Emerging Category) — Cinematic Studio Strings, valued at $399 (US) and Cinematic Studio Piano, valued at $69 (US)

Capturing the sound of a Hollywood-style string section seated in position, Cinematic Studio Strings was recorded meticulously in a world-class scoring stage. CSS boasts stunning true-to-life dynamics, a wide variety of articulations, and a remarkably realistic legato engine. The combination of beautiful ribbon and condenser microphones, recorded at three mic distances, gives the library a lush and versatile sound out-of-the-box. At the heart of CSS is our intuitive and efficient GUI with its short-but-sweet patch list, easily assignable keyswitches and MIDI CCs, and a full mixer with output routing options and reverb.

With Cinematic Studio Piano, we invite you to take a seat at a Yamaha C7 Grand in a world-class scoring stage. You’ll be inspired by the warm, realistic sound of the instrument, captured by an array of beautiful ribbon and condenser microphones and recorded using the same techniques as the rest of the Cinematic Studio Series. CSP’s intelligent scripting ensures maximum realism and versatility. CSP uses the same straightforward GUI as the rest of the series and is available now for Kontakt and Kontakt player.

Click on the sponsor logos above for full descriptions and links to the prizes

FINALISTS in both categories will receive the Embertone Solo Strings Bundle $375 value

ALL CONTESTANTS will receive an Embertone $20 Voucher

Grand Prize

$6,150 value
  • The Complete Embertone Collection
  • MOTU 624™ Thunderbolt™ / USB3 / AVB Ethernet audio interface with DSP and mixing
  • MOTU Digital Performer 9
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Stratosphere
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Flatpick 6
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin
  • Sonokinetic Orchestral Bundle
  • Finale version 25
  • Soundiron Voices of Gaia Bundle
  • Score-A-Score Automatic Membership to the Composer Pool

1st Runner-Up

$850 value
  • Embertone Solo Strings Bundle
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Flatpick 6
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin
  • Soundiron Olympus Elements

2nd Runner-Up

$575 value
  • Embertone Solo Strings Bundle
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin

Grand Prize

$3,250 value
  • Embertone Solo Strings Bundle
  • MOTU 624™ Thunderbolt™ / USB3 / AVB Ethernet audio interface with DSP and mixing
  • MOTU Digital Performer 9
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Stratosphere
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Flatpick 6
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin
  • Finale version 25
  • Soundiron Elysium Harp

1st Runner-Up

$800 value
  • Embertone Solo Strings Bundle
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Flatpick 6
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin
  • Soundiron Apocalypse Percussion Ensemble Micro
  • Soundiron Olympus Micro Choir

2nd Runner-Up

$575 value
  • Embertone Solo Strings Bundle
  • Orange Tree Samples Evolution Mandolin


The Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest is open to youth, student and emerging composers.

There are two categories: YOUTH and EMERGING.

To be eligible for the YOUTH category, a composer must be under 18 years of age.

To be eligible for the EMERGING category, a composer must meet the following criteria:

  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. Must be enrolled in a school program
    Composer may not have earned $10,000 (US) or more in combined fees and professional revenue (including creative, production or package fees or royalties), excluding academic scholarships, in the two years preceding the competition.

Both categories are open to composers from any country.



Registration Opens:
December 5, 2016
Registration Closes:
January 20, 2017
Scores Due:
March 3, 2017
Finalists Announced (Emerging/Youth):
April 10, 2017
Finalist Scores Due (Emerging):
May 5, 2017
Marvin Hamlisch Award Winner Announced:
June 6, 2017


Enter by
January 20, 2017
Youth Category
$25.00 (US) by January 20, 2017
Emerging Category
$40.00 (US) by January 20, 2017

Marvin Hamlisch’s Legacy

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

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

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.

How it Works

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.

The contest is simple: Composers are given footage to score. Scores are anonymously evaluated, and all composers receive judging comments. The 10 top-ranked scores in each category are named as finalists, and a winner is selected by a distinguished jury of noted film-music professionals.

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

Note: In our Emerging (ages 18 and over) category, the 10 finalists will be required to submit a longer score (for a complete short film) from which our distinguished jury will select a winner and runners-up. Full instructions and footage will be provided upon registration.


Our evaluation system is built on transparency and accountability. Every score is anonymously reviewed by composers whose professional credentials are available to view, along with their feedback, at the conclusion of the process.

Reviewers score each production using our designated criteria, providing notes on the strengths and weaknesses of each score.

Productions with the highest numerical scores in each category are submitted to the distinguished jury, who evaluate using the same criteria. Their scores are used to identify a Marvin Hamlisch Award winner and two runners-up in the category, with jurors given ultimate discretion over the final selections.

CINE is committed to complete transparency in our awards selection process. All submissions are judged anonymously, and no current Marvin Hamlisch Contest contestant is allowed to review in any capacity.

Distinguished Jurors

Our Distinguished Jury is an accomplished group of screen-music professionals who have produced exceptional work. We are grateful to them for sharing their time and expertise, and for their commitment to helping us honor emerging composers.


Mychael Danna
Academy Award-winning composer (Best Original Score, Life of Pi, 2012)

George S. Clinton
Multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee

Daniel Carlin
Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor, conductor and Director of Screen Scoring at University of Southern California


Alison Plante
Composer and Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music

Ronald Sadoff
Composer, music supervisor and Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting at NYU Steinhardt

Vasco Hexel
Composer, conductor, arranger and area leader in the Composition for Screen program at the Royal College of Music

Review Criteria

Reviewers and jurors evaluate scores using the following criteria, developed in conjunction with our partner film scoring programs. Reviewers and jurors will also briefly comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the score. Composers will receive their comments  at the end of the contest.



This score is effectively orchestrated and realized in a manner that displays musical proficiency.


Technical Proficiency

Understanding the limited resources available, this score is of a high sonic quality and displays proficient use of technology.

Dramatic Connection

This score elevates the film, responds to the visuals, and enhances the emotional elements of the story.



This score is distinctive and demonstrates creativity.

Overall Excellence

This score makes a strong, memorable positive impression.

Past Award Winners

The Marvin Hamlisch Contest was created to honor and champion emerging media composers. Past contestants are creating great music throughout the industry.

The Marvin Hamlisch Award is not just a trophy. CINE creates opportunities for emerging media makers and composers. The winners, runners-up and finalists of the Marvin Hamlisch Contest are invited to CINE Celebrates receptions in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC, where they can network with filmmakers and producers throughout the industry. Emerging composers are invited to network with student and rising media makers through the new CINE Connects platform.

We’re grateful to Terre Blair Hamlisch and the team of MarvinHamlisch.us for their support of the contest and emerging composers.

Inaugural Contest Winners (2013)
Seth Tsui and Ken Pierson

2nd Annual Contest Winner (2014)
Paul Devlin

3rd Annual Contest Winner (2015)
Carlos Simon

4th Annual Contest Winners (2016)
Robert Neumair (Emerging Category)
Lawson Madlener (Youth Category)