Envision Sound 2018-2019

Envision Sound 2018-2019 is the second cycle of our popular education programme for composers from Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan who want to further their skills in working with film and the moving image. This unique programme of practical skills development, mentoring and networking for professionals from the film and music industries is made possible by the British Council’s partnership with the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre in Ukraine.

The British Council and the Dovzhenko Centre will offer additional grants to support the further development of projects initiated during the programme, which will be selected by the mentors.

Dates and location: Kyiv, 18-23 February 2019.

Application deadline: 28 October 2018.

The programme offers a rich environment of presentations and practical workshops, case studies by professional composers, discussions, evening screenings and performances and networking. Participants will work side by side with mentors to explore the possibilities and challenges of writing music for the moving image.

The mentors for the 2018-2019 programme will be the British film composers Nainita Desai and Daniel Patrick Cohen.

When the workshops have ended for the day, Envision Sound offers an evening programme open to the general public. The famous UK composer Neil Brand will be a guest speaker, and will present a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Blackmail (1929) with his recorded score. He will also give a public talk for film and music professionals about what film directors are looking for in a composer and how the two professions work together.

Click here to see what happened last year at Envision Sound!


There are 12 places on the programme, six for applicants from Ukraine and six for applicants from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

Participants Requirements

We welcome participants with a wide range of experience of musical styles or movie genres. The main requirement is the desire to compose music for film.

Applicants should:

  • Be composers at early- or mid-career level who have completed at least two works in any film or TV broadcast genre;
  • Have English language ability to at least B2 level;
  • Be resident in one of the eligible countries;
  • Be available to attend all of the workshop and associated activities in in Kyiv, from 18 to 23 February 2019.


Participation in the Envision Sound programme is free of charge.

Participants from other countries and from outside of Kyiv will have their travel and hotel accommodation provided by the British Council.

How to Apply

Submit a completed application form in English with links to two to three examples of your most recent musical compositions. At least one example must be from a cinematic work. The maximum duration of each submitted track should be 15 minutes. Click here for the application form.

Key Dates

Application deadline: 28 October 2018

Successful applicants participants notified announced: by 10 December 2018

Participants will be assigned pre-workshop homework: 17 December 2018 (To Be Confirmed)

Envision Sound programme: 17-24 February 2019 (including one travel day at each end)

Award of development grants for selected projects: February 2019


Nainita Desai

Nainita Desai is a BAFTA BREAKTHROUGH BRIT 2016-2017 and one of the UK’s leading composers having scored countless bespoke TV series and film scores for all the major broadcasters from the BBC to HBO to ITV and C4.

She is a recent winner of the Music+Sound Award for Best Feature Film Score, a Women in Sync Awards 2016 Nominee, RTS Craft Award 2014 Nominee for Best Original Music and RTS Scotland Awards 2014.

Nainita’s latest projects are the features 5 Years in Love And War (C4) by Emmy award winner Ed Watts, Untamed Romania, The Life After (BBC / Irish Film Board), dramas Anemone (BBC Film | Film London) etc.Barlow.
Also known for her work on dramas including Emmy winner Maxwell (BBC) and the factual drama To Kidnap A Princess(ITV), recent projects include The Confessions of Thomas Quick (BFI/Film4), Bafta 2018 NomineesRaped: My Story and Catching A Killer (C4), landmark series Extraordinary Rituals the BBC NHU follow up to the multi Bafta winning series Human Planet,  and title theme for the prestigious BBC Royal Wedding Meghan and Harry.

Nainita’s musical foundations are rooted in documentary where she has forged an enviable reputation, working with leading film makers on numerous projects that have garnered OSCAR, BAFTA, EMMYawards and nominations. As a sound designer, Nainita’s career began on feature films for Bertolluci (Little Buddha) and Werner Herzog (Lessons of Darkness).


Daniel Patrick Cohen

Daniel Patrick Cohen is a British composer based in Romania with a range of musical interests, including film music, hip hop and electronic music.

Daniel first garnered international attention when he was among a handful of British composers invited to produce scores for Alfred Hitchcock’s silent films as part of the British Film Institute’s ‘Rescue the Hitchcock 9’ project. His 90min score for Hitchcock's first feature The Pleasure Garden has been performed around the world, including particularly special performances on Copacabana beach and at Transilvania International Film Festival.
In early 2015, Daniel released a concept album entitled The Passenger after the Michelangelo Antonioni film of the same name. An inspiration for the album was a quote from filmmaker David Lynch: on hearing Barry Adamson’s Oedipus Schmoedipus for the first time, Lynch reportedly described it as being ‘like hearing Hitch[cock]’s films in your head’. Daniel's other contemporary music includes Reciprocity, a song cycle developed from six poems by the Canadian poet Darya Farha commissioned by her sister Juliana.

As well as working to secure a proper legacy for the Pleasure Garden project, Daniel has three films with his soundtracks soon to be released. He is also working on a second album, and has the intention to produce more albums than there are Stanley Kubrick films.


Neil Brand

Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world, including Australia, New Zealand (three times), America, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and, in Italy, the Bologna, Aosta, Bergamo and Pordenone festivals where he has inaugurated the School of Music and Image to teach up-and-coming young pianists about silent film accompaniment.

Training originally as an actor, he has made his name as a writer/performer/composer, scoring BFI video releases of such films as South (Shackleton's Journey to the South Pole), The Ring by Alfred Hitchcock, Piccadilly (premiered at the Lincoln Centre) the great lost film The Life and Times of David Lloyd George and Early Cinema. His most recent DVD scores are for Sherlock Holmes (the great lost Gilette film), Ozu Classics for Criterion and, for the Cinematheque Francais, Maison du Mystere, Le Brasier Ardent, Les Adventures de Robert Macaire and Mauprat.