8th Annual Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition Announced
** Premier Film Composing Competition Now Open For Entries Through March 31
** Cash Prize Increased to $15,000
** New Prizes Include Apple Laptops and Logic Pro Software
** Hans Zimmer to Mentor the Grand Prize Winner
** Now Open to Participants From the US, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Spain
Turner Classic Movies and Film Music Magazine announce the opening of the 8th Annual Turner Classic Movies Young Film Composers Competition, which features a cash prize of $15,000 plus the opportunity to score a restored feature-length silent film. Other prizes include laptop computers from Apple and Logic Pro Software.
“Beau Brummel” (1924) – matinee idol John Barrymore’s portrayal of the arrogant 19-century style mogul who enjoyed life among England’s upper class until he insulted his good friend, the Prince of Wales – has been chosen as the feature film for contestants in Turner Classic Movies’ 8th Annual Young Film Composers Competition, it was announced today by Tom Karsch, executive vice president and general manager of TCM. The competition will run from Jan. 1, 2007 – March 31, 2007, at www.tcm.com/yfcc and for the first time will be open to participants from not only the US, the United Kingdom and Canada but also France and Spain. See contest rules for specific entry rules and requirements.
Last year more than 650 aspiring film composers submitted entries for the competition, which resulted in a new score for The Show (1927), a melodrama of a Budapest sideshow. Winning composer Darrell Raby’s work will air with the film for the first time on TCM on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 at 8 p.m. ET and encores at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT.
Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer, whose numerous scores include “The Da Vinci Code” and the soon-to-be-released “Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End” and “The Simpsons Movie,” will return to lead a blue-ribbon panel of judges in selecting the grand-prize winner of this year’s Young Film Composers Competition in Los Angeles in August 2007.
Finalists will travel to Los Angeles in August for seminars on the film and TV music industry at The Composer Expo, a tour of the Warner Bros. lot, including the music department where the original scores of such great films as Casablanca are housed, and more. For two days the young composers will have an inside look at the competitive world of film and TV scoring and an opportunity to meet some of the key players in the industry, culminating at an awards banquet and ceremony where the grand-prize winner will be announced. Runners up will also receive prizes, including Apple laptops and Logic Pro Software.
Zimmer, who will lead the judges’ panel for a third straight year, brings to the role more than two decades of experience in film scoring, a host of awards and a passion for nurturing young composers. Once the 2007 winner is named, Zimmer will mentor them through the process of scoring the silent classic by offering guidance on everything from developing musical themes to working with live musicians in a professional sound recording stage.
The 2007 Young Film Composers Competition is sponsored by Film Music Magazine.
For more information on the TCM Young Film Composers Competition and to get complete rules and entry instructions, visit http://www.tcm.com/yfcc
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