TORONTO, July 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The SOCAN Foundation today announced 10 recipients of the fourth annual
SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Audio-visual Composers.
This year's competition attracted 54 entries, awarding $21,000 to 10
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 vibrant film and television industries, including
this year's multiple prize-winners, Vincent Laurin-Pratte and Erica Procunier."
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 media composers: Derek Treffry of Toronto, Michel
Cusson of Montreal and Hal Beckett of Vancouver.
The jury members praised Laurin-Pratte's silent-film style score for The Fatal Slip, which won the $3,000 first prize in the Fiction category. "The
score-to-picture is excellent," says Beckett, "hitting all the moments
and straddling the line between comedy and melodrama. And very skillful
Laurin-Pratte also captured first prize in the Animated category, for
the film John Doe, which incorporates crude, two-dimensional cutout figures in a
live-action environment. "One of the most common mistakes is to
over-compose and do way more than is necessary, to the detriment of the
overall package," says Treffry. "This project does not fall into that
trap. It is really well scored and respects the negative space,
allowing the punctuations to be very effective."
Other $3,000 first-prize winners were Antoine Binette-Mercier for Takedown: The DNA of GSP, a documentary about UFC star Georges St-Pierre (Non-fiction category);
and Emily Klassen for the psychological thriller Separation Anxiety (Musical Theme category). "Really creative, astonishing and quite
emotional music on a very aggressive topic," says jury member Michel
Cusson of Binette-Mercier's score. "The overall effect is a complete
Procunier took the $1,500 second prize in the Non-fiction category for the film Avalanche, as well as the $750 third prize in the Musical Theme category for Fist Plus Face.
Additional Award recipients include Iman Habibi (second prize) and Josh Cruddas (third prize) in the Fiction category; Marie-Ève LaBadie (third prize) in the Non-fiction category; Spencer Creaghan (second prize) and Benjamin Goldman (third prize) in the Animated category; and Hugo Mayrand (second prize) in the Musical Theme category.
View complete list of winners with their biographies.
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.
SOURCE: SOCAN Foundation
For further information:
Media Contact: Rick MacMillan, 416-445-8700, ext. 3815, firstname.lastname@example.org