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QMF's Score IT! Winners to Receive Professional Press

QMF’s Score IT! Winners to Receive Professional Press

| On 16, Apr 2015

 Since 2007, QMF’s Score IT! has encouraged the next generation of composers to step into the spotlight, offering the choice of several short films from Griffith Film School for accompaniment with an instrumental score.

Eight years have seen ongoing success for the competition, 2011 Score IT! Junior and 2013 Senior Winner Thomas Quirk sharing his two cents on QMF’s website; his most recent composition for the film ‘Bear Up’, giving a remarkably succinct blend of eerie percussive melody and haunting strings that could well be written by a young Danny Elfman.

Interestingly, e
ntries this year will be judged by a panel of experts including QMF Artistic Director James Morrison and Brisbane-born, Los Angeles-based Cameron Patrick, composer for most notably the productions of Cars 2, and Star Trek: Into Darkness. A supposed heavyweight in the composing scene, it’s a reminder that Brisbane musical export is still kicking it in the global market, something that QMF were assumedly keen to draw upon.

 There are three categories for entry: Score IT! Junior (Years 7*-10), Score IT! Senior (Years 11-12), and Score IT! Plus (Years 7*-12). The Score IT! Plus category involves the added challenge of composing for specified instrumentation and submitting a written score.

Winners of each category will be announced at an awards ceremony during QMF on 30 July, the music for which will include the orchestral performance of the Score IT! Plus Winner’s piece, as well as being recorded professionally with the University Ensemble of Griffith Conservatorium.

QMF Artistic Director James Morrison said Score IT! was a festival favourite and presented a rare opportunity for young composers to learn from some of the industry’s best.

 “To have your work critiqued and potentially conducted by Cameron Patrick who is so highly acclaimed and well-regarded is a truly special experience,” Mr Morrison said.

“It is exciting to think of the possibilities Score IT! may lead to for rising composers; we have had a number of past finalists further their passion and go on to study composition at university.

 “Score IT! is free to enter, and will open the eyes of young artists to the magical world of film-scoring.”

The film list to choose from so far includes a varyingly mind bending blend of psychedelic, sci-fi and claymation shorts, my personal and so far silent favourite being ‘The Skin Factory’, by Michael Linhart and Michael Beloff, who I can only assume have ventured into the nether regions of Youtube’s claymation short category.

Score IT! submissions close 20 May. To register and for more information visit

Score IT! is presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council with the generous support of Griffith Film School, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and Fotomedia.


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