SOCAN FOUNDATION Awards for Young AV Composers Recipient List ENG 2013.pdf
TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The SOCAN Foundation today announced nine recipients of the third annual
SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers.
This year's competition attracted 52 entries, awarding $21,000 to nine
prizewinners. "This is a unique competition, the only one of its kind
in Canada," said Rick MacMillan, Manager, SOCAN Foundation. "It offers
us an excellent opportunity to spotlight the many talented composers
working in Canada's film and television industries, including this
year's top multiple prize-winners, Merlin Bertrand-Hamel and Chris Thornborrow."
The SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers recognize
Canadian composers 30 years of age and under for specific musical works
in four categories of music created exclusively for audio-visual
support (film, TV, Internet). The competition was judged by a jury of
three prominent, award-winning media composers: Ari Posner of Toronto,
Richard Grégoire of Montreal and Graeme Coleman of Vancouver.
In a joint statement, the jury members praised the theme for the film Féminines, by Merlin Bertrand-Hamel of Prévost, QC, which won the $3,000 first prize in the Musical Theme
category, noting its "strong theme and magical, neat writing for a
small string and woodwind ensemble." Likewise, the jury members lauded
Toronto composer Chris Thornborrow's "understated but tension-laden score" for We Ate the Children Last, which won the $3,000 first prize in the Fiction category: "We were
totally immersed in the film's people-vs-pigs theme."
Bertrand-Hamel also shared first prize in the Animated category for his
score to Amiko, winning $2,625. His co-winner, Vincent L. Pratte of Montreal, earned his $2,625 share for his work on SubLIME. Thornborrow won the $1,500 second prize in the same category, for Lucian.
Also capturing two prizes in the competition are Rachel C. Léger of Toronto, who won the $1,500 second prize in the Musical Theme
category for Récit d'hyperinflation - Ouverture and shared third prize (winning $750) in the Fiction category for Récit d'hyperinflation - Myseria, and Spencer Creaghan of London, ON, winning two $1,500 second prizes: in the Fiction
category for Accursed and in the Non-Fiction category for The Dirigible Journey.
Additional Award recipients include Dmitri Belichenko (third prize) in the Musical Theme category; Alexander Purcell (shared third prize) in Fiction category; Timon Wientzek (third prize) in the Animated category; and Benjamin Goron (third prize) in the Non-Fiction category.
(Recipients' bios and awards categories attached.)
About the SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers
The SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers is open to
Canadian citizens 30 years of age and under.
About SOCAN Foundation
Founded in 1992, SOCAN Foundation is dedicated to fostering musical
creativity and promoting a better understanding of the role of music
creators in today's society. The Foundation is an independent
organization guided by its own board of directors. The board, which
consists of composers, songwriters and music publishers, reflects
concert music and popular music genres as well as the geographic and
linguistic regions of Canada. It is closely aligned to the interests of
the members of SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music
Publishers of Canada.
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SOURCE: SOCAN Foundation
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