HOW ARE WINNERS SELECTED?
After entering, all entries are given a unique code to identify the score. This ensures anonymity of the composer.
Judges are recruited from among previous contest participants, music and film industry professionals, and professors and academics in the fields of film scoring, music theory and composition.
The top-scoring productions in each stage of judging move onto the next set of judges, and the top scoring productions are viewed by the distinguished jury.
We are proud to announce the distinguished jurors for the 2016 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest:
- Daniel Carlin, Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor and conductor and chair of the film scoring program at USC’s Thornton School of Music (Emerging category)
- George S. Clinton, multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee (Emerging category)
- Mychael Danna, Academy Award-winning composer for Life of Pi (Emerging category)
- Vasco Hexel, area leader in Composition for Screen, Royal College of Music (Youth category)
- Alison Plante, acting chair, Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music (Youth category)
- Ronald Sadoff, Director of Programs in Film Scoring and Songwriting, NYU Steinhardt (Youth category)
Judges evaluate scores using the following criteria, developed in conjunction with our partner film scoring programs. Judges will also briefly comment on the strengths and weaknesses of the score. Composers will receive the judges’ comments at the end of the contest.
This score is effectively orchestrated and realized in a manner that displays musical proficiency.
(20% OF EVALUATION)
Understanding the limited resources available, this score is of a high sonic quality and displays proficient use of technology.
(10 % OF EVALUATION)
This score elevates the film, responds to the visuals, and enhances the emotional elements of the story.
(25% OF EVALUATION)
This score is distinctive and demonstrates creativity.
(25% OF EVALUATION)
This score makes a strong, memorable positive impression.
(20% OF EVALUATION)
THE MARVIN HAMLISCH FILM SCORING CONTEST
RULES AND LICENSE AGREEMENT
Please read this agreement carefully before registering. By registering to participate, you expressly acknowledge and agree that you shall be bound by the terms of this agreement.
The Marvin Hamlisch Contest is open to youth (under 18 years of age), student and emerging composers.
- YOUTH CATEGORY: Eligible composers must be under 18 years of age at the time of registration. Students enrolled in college or university programs (excluding youth workshops, camps, etc.) must register in the EMERGING category.
- EMERGING CATEGORY: Eligible composers aged 18 or older must be enrolled in a school program AND/OR have received less than $10,000 (US) in combined creative, production or package fees (excluding academic scholarships) in the two years preceding the competition.
Composers may register to participate in teams of no more than 2. If participating as a team, both composers must be eligible to compete under the category guidelines above.
Both categories are open to composers from any country or region.
FEE AND INSTRUCTIONS.
Registration fees are due at the time of registration via credit card. Upon receipt of payment, CINE will provide further information and instructions for receiving the footage to score and submitting completed work. On a limited basis, composers in the EMERGING category may receive a $5 discount on their fee by sending social messages; to apply for this option, please fill out this form. Discounts are applied after registration.
The following actions are grounds for disqualification from the Marvin Hamlisch Contest with forfeiture of registration fee:
- Misrepresentation of a composer’s eligibility status. All composers must be eligible under the above guidelines.
- Use of stock music or previously written or recorded music (whether by the composer or another source).
- Collaboration or assistance in composing with a teacher, professional composer, or anyone who does not meet the eligibility requirements stated above. All writing collaborators must receive full credit and be eligible to submit according to the rules of the contest.
- Dissemination or distribution of the copyright-protected footage received from CINE (with or without your score). If the filmmaker grants permission to allow composers to distribute the film with scores, CINE representatives will notify all composers and alert them to the requirements of distributing the footage.
CINE will send notification and judging information for each score to the attention of the contact listed on the registration form. Please make sure all contact information — email address and phone number — is accurate. Change of contact information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. CINE is not liable for emails delayed by spam filters, server rejections or outdated addresses. CINE staff can be reached by email at email@example.com, or by mail to CINE, 1003 K Street NW, Suite 208, Washington, DC 20001 USA. The office phone number is +1-507-400-2463.
NOTIFICATION OF MARVIN HAMLISCH CONTEST FINALISTS, RUNNERS-UP AND WINNERS.
At the conclusion of the first stage of judging, each composer will be notified via email of his or her status (if s/he was selected as a finalist or not) and given access to first-stage judging comments. Comments from the guest jury will be available to finalists after the winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Award is announced.
The following is the tentative notification calendar for the 2017 Marvin Hamlisch Contest. All notification dates are approximate and subject to change.
First stage complete, composers notified of status: May 16, 2017
Final stage complete, winner announced: June 6, 2017
AWARD AND PRIZE INFORMATION.
The winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Award in each category, as selected by the distinguished juries, will receive a statue, which will be presented at a CINE Celebrates event. Details of the award presentation will be coordinated with the prize winner, CINE, and the estate of Marvin Hamlisch.
Contest winners, runners-up and finalists may receive prize packages courtesy of our contest sponsors. Prizes will be announced at the discretion of sponsors and CINE and shipped within the continental US. CINE will coordinate shipment and delivery with the prize recipients.
The winner in the EMERGING category will also receive automatic membership to the composer pool of scoreAscore.com. At the conclusion of the contest, CINE will connect the Marvin Hamlisch Award winner with scoreAscore representatives for further instructions.
Any changes to the Marvin Hamlisch Award or prizes will be related to all entrants, award recipients and finalists.
PUBLICITY AND MARKETING.
All selected scores may be excerpted for publicity purposes. CINE reserves the right to promote any entry to print, broadcast or internet media as required to market the Marvin Hamlisch Contest or Marvin Hamlisch Award.
COPYRIGHT AND CLEARANCES.
Contestant does not have the right to assign rights to their version of the entry or the original film. The individual submitting a score to the Marvin Hamlisch Contest hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the score for consideration. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless CINE, the estate of Marvin Hamlisch, its organizers, judges, sponsors, and partners, individually and collectively, from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney’s fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to submitted material. The burden of determining that any material is not protected by copyright, trademark, rights of privacy, publicity or any other proprietary rights rests with the composer. The entrant shall bear the sole liability for any damage resulting from any infringement of copyrights, proprietary rights, or any other harm resulting from such a submission.
CONTROLLING LAW, VENUE AND SEVERABILITY.
This License shall be governed by the laws of the United States and the District of Columbia without consideration of conflicts of laws provisions and principles. All claims between the parties, regardless of legal theory and whenever brought, shall be resolved in the state or federal courts of the District of Columbia, USA, and you stipulate that you expressly submit to the personal jurisdiction of such state and federal courts, and you further agree that any judgment may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof. If for any reason a court of competent jurisdiction finds any provision, or portion thereof, of this Agreement to be unenforceable, the remainder of this License shall continue in full force and effect.
This License constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the use of productions and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous understandings regarding such subject matter. No amendment to or modification of this License will be binding unless in writing and signed by an authorized representative of CINE. Nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver of CINE’s rights under the United States of America patent and copyright laws or any other Federal or State law, nor of any of CINE’s rights under the rules or laws of any country, territory, republic, and/or province.
CINE reserves the right to remove a score from consideration and rescind a selection for any reason at any time and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal.
CINE may, at our discretion, transfer a portion of your submitted work to a compilation DVD or online video file for promotional purposes. This will be done if the production contact has not provided promotional material by an agreed-upon deadline.
You have read and agree to our general rules and terms and conditions. You agree that failure to adhere to any of the general rules or terms and conditions may result in disqualification for which no refund for registration fee(s) is due.