The British Council and The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center are conducting the third cycle of Envision Sound, the educational programme for film score composers. The programme, which includes a creative laboratory, lectures, networking, individual consultations with experts from the audiovisual sector, as well as evening film screenings with live music accompaniment will run in Kyiv, on 20–24 January.

10 composers from 6 countries take part in Envision Sound 2019-2020:

  • Eugene Latsko, Max Smogol, Nikolay Makieiev, Serhii Vilka, Valeriia Khazan (Ukraine)
  • Başar Ünder (Turkey)
  • Martin Danchev (North Macedonia) 
  • David Mastikosa (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Ilya Odegov (Kazakhstan)
  • Maja Curcic (Serbia)

This year, the program's mentor is Enrica Sciandrone, winner of numerous awards, composer and professor at the Royal College of Music in London, where she teaches composition for screen. Ennio Morricone, John Corigliano and Ryuichi Sakamoto are among the composers who recognised her talent and achievements. She has composed soundtracks worldwide for award-winning independent films, documentaries, animations and TV commercials. Recent feature-lengths commitments include American Fango (2016, US/Italy, romantic drama), Love Of My Life (2013, UK/Australia, drama/thriller), The Serbian Lawyer (2014, UK/Serbia, documentary), We Are Many (2014, UK, documentary) and A Quintet (2014, drama).

Together with a project mentor, participants will look at opportunities and challenges in composing music for films and work on their own soundtracks for archive footage or Ukrainian films in production.

For the first time in the programme, participants of Envision Sound 2019-2020 will have the chance to record their music with the Kyiv Fantastic Orchestra as part of the creative laboratory. Participants will have the opportunity to work with solo musicians.

Envision Sound 2019-2020 will be curated by Alla Zahaykevych, Ukranian composer  winner of the Ukrainian Film Academy Golden Dzyga for Best Composer.

As always, after the programme is completed, the British Council and the Dovzhenko Centre will offer grants to further support some of the projects developed by composers during the creative laboratory.

Programme partners: UA: Suspilne, Kyiv Symphony Orchestra.

Public evening programme as a part of ENVISION SOUND 2019-2020:

When the workshops have ended for the day, Envision Sound offers an evening programme open to the general public (see the timetable below).

22 January 2019 - Salt from Bonneville (2020), the adventure drama documentary by Simon Mozgovyi  to be screened with live musical accompaniment composed  Zviad Mgebrishvili and Luka Lebanidze (Georgia), finalists of the Envision Sound 2019. Find out more and register on event by the link.

23 January 2019 - Man of Aran (1934), Irish documentary film with live music improvisation by Una Monahan (Northern Ireland), Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine) and Sergiy Okhrimchuk (Ukraine). Find out more by the link.

24 January 2019 - Earth (1930), silent film classic by Olexander Dovzhenko with a live music accompaniment by DakhaBrakha. Find out more by the link.

Key dates

Application start – 19 June 2019;

Application deadline – 4 August 2019;

Participant announcement – mid-October 2019;

Assigning homework – 4-11 November 2019;

Envision Sound in Kyiv – 20-24 January 2020;

Which Programme finalists receive a grant will be announced in February 2020.

More about the program's mentor

Mentor Enrica Sciandrone

Enrica studied traditional and contemporary composition in Italy, gradually bringing her mastery and experience to screen composition since 2006. Ennio Morricone, John Corigliano and Ryuichi Sakamoto are among the composers who recognised her talent and achievements (respectively, at the III Premio Petrassi International Composition Competition in 2009, at the ISFMF Awards in 2014 and at Berlinale Talent Campus 2012 mentoring scheme). Other awards include the 2012 Peer Raben award at Soundtrack Cologne; 2012 Jerry Goldsmith Award in Music for Adverts, Spain; RMA-LA grant at the 2012 ASCAP workshop in Los Angeles; Leverhulme Trust, Fabrica Dei Talenti Scholarship and J. Horovitz award in composition for screen (2008-2010, RCM); SABAM award as nominated best young composer 2016 at World Soundtrack Awards in Gent. 

In 2012 she has been one of the three composers selected for the Score Competition at Berlinale Talent Campus, scoring J.P.Zaramella Luminaris (recorded at Babelsberg Studios by Babelsberg Orchestra, Potsdam, Germany).

In the same year she has been selected among the 12 participants of the prestigious ASCAP TV and film scoring workshop with Richard Bellis, recording with the Hollywood Studio Orchestra at Fox studios, Los Angeles.

Together with her own professional commitments, she also worked as assistant for Academy award winning composer Luis Bacalov (2005-2007) and as score programmer and assistant for Emmy award winner Javier Navarrete (2012, Wrath of the Titans; 2014, Zhongkui).

She has composed soundtracks worldwide for several award-winning independent films, documentaries, animations and TV commercials. Recent feature-lengths commitments include American Fango (2016, US/Italy, romantic drama), Love Of My Life (2013, UK/Australia, drama/thriller), The Serbian Lawyer (2014, UK/Serbia, documentary), We Are Many (2014, UK, documentary) and A Quintet (2014, drama).

She is currently developing an original project in music narrative exploring the potential of programmatic music and audience responses, bringing her experience as screen composer back to the concert hall: as part of this project, she has been commissioned by renown ensemble PSAPPHA a new concert piece performed in 2015 in Manchester (as winner of the call for new works organised by Curated Place and Moving Classics – European Network for New Music supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union).

Her style is identified by lush melodies, quirky twists and - when not kidnapped by the fascination of the orchestral palette, for which she has a special preference - interesting blends of acoustic and electronic sounds, but always with a strong interest for enhancing the potential of live instruments and the natural musicianship of the performers.

Programme working language: English, Ukrainian/Russian (with simultaneous translation into English).