STELVIO CIPRIANI COMPOSITION COMPETITION FOR FILM MUSIC
Artes Association in cooperation with Classics Management Budapest organizes the first edition of “Stelvio Cipriani Competition for Film Music”.
With the support of Cipriani family and the cooperation of Il Trittico Arte Rome, the competition is created in the name of the composer who’s well known for the music of movies like “Anonimo Veneziano” and cooperated with directors such as James Cameron and Dino Risi. His music was chosen also by directors like Quentin Tarantino and he is considered one of the most successful Italian composers for the big screen, along with Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, and Nino Rota.
The competition aims to be a real opportunity for the participants to develop their career, offering them the chance to be judged by an authoritative jury from Europe and the USA as well as with money prizes; among them, M° Andrea Morricone, son of Ennio and -like his father- composer og many theatrical scores, such as the Oscar winner “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso”.
Among the partners of the project, there is the international artists agency Classics Management from Budapest, Hungary, a country that in the last yeas attracted many Hollywood filmmakers due to the presence of the most advanced studios, qualified crew, and a market rapidly growing. Just to name a few of the movies shot in Budapest in the last few years, we like to mention: Black Widow (2021), Gemini Man (2019), Robin Hood (2018), Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Inferno (2016) and The Martian (2015), just to name a few of the movies shot in Budapest in the last few years, along with many recent Netflix productions.
The competition is structured in three main stages: Eliminatory, Semifinal and Final.
ELIMINATORY STAGE – from June the 30th 2021 until January the 31st 2022
The eliminatory stage consists of the examination of an original composition written by the participant;
SEMIFINAL – from January the 31st until April the 1st 2022
The Semifinal consists in the examination of a composition written by the participant and conceived as an accompaniment to one (1) scene chosen among the list of clips reported in Appendix A.
FINAL – from April the 1st until May the 1st 2022
The Final consists of the examination in a composition written by the participant and conceived as an accompaniment to one (1) scene chosen among the list of clips reported in Appendix B.
ELIGIBILITY AND REGISTRATION
Art. 1 Composers of any nationality and place of residence are eligible to participate in this contest;
Art. 2 The contest is open to individual composers of any sex, without age limit;
Art. 3 Each participant is allowed to submit one or more applications, with a maximum of three;
Art. 4 To register, the participants need to fill the online application form and provide the required documents from June the 30th 2021 until January the 31st 2022;
Art. 5 To get registered the composers are required to send an application fee of € 45;
Art. 6 Applications shall be accepted starting on June the 30th 2021;
Art. 7 The composers admitted to the Semifinal will be required to send a participation fee of €105;
STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION
Art. 8 The competition is structured in three stages: Eliminatory, Semifinal, and Final;
Art. 9 For the Eliminatory stage the participants are required to send a composition for any kind of ensemble, with or without the use of electronics; the composition can be already published;
Art. 10 For the Semifinal and the Final stage the chosen composers will have to send a composition conceived as a soundtrack for one of the videos listed in the “Semifinal list” and “Final list” (see appendix A and B at the bottom of the page);
Art. 11 The names of the candidates admitted to the Semifinal will be published within February the 15th 2022;
Art. 12 The names of the candidates admitted to the Final will be published within April 15th 2022;
Art. 13 The names of the Winner and of the Special Prizes will be announced within May the 10th 2022;
DETAILS ON THE COMPOSITIONS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR THE ELIMINATORY STAGE
Art. 14 Any kind of composition is allowed: acoustic, electronic, symphonic, chamber, songs etc.;
Art. 15 The composers are allowed to send audio or audio/video; in the last case, only the music will be judged;
Art. 16 The audio or video must be played in streaming mode; any platform (Soundcloud, Spotify, YouTube, Vimeo etc.) and must be accessible by the jury without any restriction;
DETAILS ON THE COMPOSITIONS TO BE SUBMITTED FOR THE SEMIFINAL AND THE FINAL
Art. 17 Any kind of composition is allowed: acoustic, electronic, symphonic, chamber, songs etc.;
Art. 18 The composition can be realized with the use of any suitable mean: any DAW can be used, sample-based mockups are accepted as well as recordings of live instruments or MIDI as long as the content is property of the participant;
Art. 19 For the Semifinal and Final stage, the composers can choose to synchronize their composition with the chosen video downloading the video and uploading the editing or send an audio file of the exact length of the chosen video, that will be synchronized by the organization;
Art. 20 In case the composers decide to synchronize the music themselves, the editing must be accessible in streaming mode;
Art. 21 The composers are not required to send scores since the judgment will be on the audio/video;
Art. 22 A part of a longer composition is admitted, the composition – in total or part of it – can be previously published;
Art. 23 The jury is composed by:
Andrea Morricone, composer (Rome)
Peter Bishai, director (New York)
Angelo Bozzolino, director (Rome)
Luigi Porto, composer (New York)
Ian Robbins, musician (Los Angeles)
Dimitri Scarlato, composer (London)
Art. 24 The winner of the competition will receive a € 1000 grand and the gold medal “Stelvio Cipriani Prize” hand made by a Florentine craftsman goldsmith worth €10.000 (certificate of authenticity will be provided); the winner of the competition will also be invited to attend the exclusive award ceremony in Rome;
Art. 25 All the composers that reached the Final will receive a grant of €500 and the and the reimbursement of the participation fee;
Art. 26 All the composers that reached the Semifinal Final will receive an official diploma;
Art. 27 Submitting their application the competitors authorize the organization to use their image either through photographs and audio/video that can be broadcasted via radio, television, and other media (internet, etc.);
Art. 28 Though the property of the compositions sent remains of the original owners, the organization is allowed to use the compositions sent for the promotion of the competition itself;
Art. 29 The application and participation fees are not refundable except for the cancellation of the competition;
Art. 30 By taking part in the competition, the participants accept the competition’s regulations;
Art. 31 In case of disputes, only the courts of Prato (Florence) will have jurisdiction;
APPENDIX A – videos for the Semifinal stage (the candidates will have to choose one video from the following list). The video will be available for download to the candidates admitted to the Semifinal.
a. “Stream” by Joseph Hackney under Pixabay license;
b. “House” by Jacques Barrette under Pixabay license;
c. “Beach” by Rc Aero Tech under Pixabay license;
d. “Coffee” by Rapture Russell under Pixabay license;
e. excerpt from “Il carattere italiano” by Angelo Bozzolino;
f. excerpt from “Il domani di Laura” by Costantino Maiani;
g. excerpt from “Rapid Eye Movement” by Peter Bishai;
h. excerpt from “Uljhan” by Ashish Pant;
i. “Boat” by Engin Akyurt under Pixabay license;
j. “Forest” by Jacques Barrette under Pixabay license;
APPENDIX B – videos for the Final stage (the admitted candidates will have to choose one video from the following list). Click on the title to view the video, the video will be available for download to the candidates admitted to the Final.
a. from “Il carattere italiano” by Angelo Bozzolino;
b. from “Il carattere italiano” by Angelo Bozzolino;
c. from “Il domani di Laura” by Costantino Maiani;
d. from “Il domani di Laura” by Costantino Maiani;
e. from “Rapid Eye Movement” by Peter Bishai;
f. from “Rapid Eye Movement” by Peter Bishai;
g. from “Uljhan” by Ashish Pant;