Although scoring music for films and television is not a new phenomenon, in Ukraine there is currently no formal higher education programme for it. We are delighted to be working with the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (Kyiv) on the first local development programme for film composers. Envision Sound will take place in Kyiv from 21-27 January 2018 and will offer emerging film composers from Ukraine and other neighbouring countries (Poland, Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) the chance to spend a week immersed in a programme curated and led by established film composers Michael Price (UK) and Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine). 

The open call for the programme is now closed. We will confirm 12 participants in November.

Evening public programme of Envision Sound will be announced in Deсember.

Programme

 Envision Sound will last for five full days. It will include an intensive programme of case study presentations from industry professionals, practical workshops, panel discussions, as well as evening screenings and networking events will let participants explore the challenges and the potential of collaborative cinema, live music projects and film composing. English will be the working language of the event.

The week will also offer an opportunity to learn more about Dovzhenko Centre, Ukraine’s leading film archive and cultural centre, and check out its newly opened Museum of Film. Participants will also be able to engage with a wider professional and public audience through a series of live cinema events at the Dovzhenko Centre.

After the programme, the British Council will explore opportunities to support collaborations that emerged during the week.  

Meet Programme Mentors and Guest Speakers

Michael Price is one of the UK’s most sought-after composers. His work for film and television has been widely recognised, winning an EMMY award in 2014, as well as awards from the Royal Television Society, Music&Sound, and Televisual Bulldog. He also has had a BAFTA nomination and 2 further EMMY nominations for the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, which he scores with David Arnold. Price has also a broad experience in music editing, having worked on blockbuster films such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Alla Zagaykevych is the winner of the Ukrainian Film Academy’s Golden Dziga award for “Best Composer” (April 2017, for the documentary The Living Fire). She scored Ukrainian fiction films Mamai and The Guide, and is the curator of the international electroacoustic music projects Electroacoustics and EM-Vision. She is also the founder of the electroacoustic music studio at the National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997), and was a member of the folk band DREVO (1986-1998).

Guy Bartell (guest speaker) - a UK-based composer working in the fields of film soundtrack, electronic and electro-acoustic music.  His previous soundtracks include the cult Swedish silent film Häxan, and the Soviet documentary Turksib, commissioned and released by the British Film Institute. His latest work, commissioned by the Dovzhenko Centre, Ukraine and the British Council, is the soundtrack to Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s Arsenal, a film about the Bolshevik uprising in Ukraine in 1918 (the score was premiered in Kyiv in April 2015). His soundtracks have been performed at numerous international film festivals and venues. He has also released four albums as Bronnt Industries Kapital on Static Caravan, Get Physical and I Own You Records.

“Bartell is one of electronica's staunchest and most singular foot soldiers" - The Wire

Participants

The call for applications opened on August 29th and lasted until September 28th. We were looking for 12 participants – at least six emerging film composers from Ukraine, and one participant from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Poland, Russia, and Turkey. 

Applicants must be composers at an early/mid-stage in their careers, have written music for at least 2 films/videos of any genre, and a clear motivation to continue developing their work in this sector.  

Costs

Participation is free of charge.  For Ukrainian participants based outside Kyiv and participants from other eligible countries the British Council will cover return flights or train tickets, hotel accommodation and per diems.

Timeline

Open call closes – 28 September 2017

Selection announced – by 28 October 2017

Envision Sound in Kyiv – 21-27 January 2018 (including travel dates)

About Dovzhneko Centre

Dovzhenko Centre is the biggest Ukrainian Film Archive (est. 1994) for feature, documentary and animation films. The Centre also has its own Film Copying Laboratory (est. 1950). The collection includes around 6000 titles produced since 1909. The Center is the only Ukrainian member of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF). An important player in the distribution and promotion of Ukrainian cinema, the Centre restores and preserves national films and the personal archives of cinematographers, and supports scientific research in cinematography.