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FilmScore is a unique competition which invites young musicians aged between 14-19 years old to compose an original score for one of a selection of short films (10 minutes maximum).

A shortlist of finalists will be selected and their entries screened to a panel of professional judges and the public.

The winner gets a half day prize which includes

  • a tour of Real World Studio
  • an introduction to industry professionals and their craft
  • flexible date to fit a combination of availability at the studio and the winner’s time

Real World Studios is the residential recording studio founded by Peter Gabriel and situated in the village of Box, Wiltshire, England, near Bath.

Some of the people who have recorded at Real World Studios:

Alicia Keys, Van Morrison, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Mumford & Sons, Paolo Nutini, Robert Plant, The Vamps, Paloma Faith, Rag’n’Bone Man, Tom Jones, New Order, Kasabian, Laura Marling, Pixies, Sia

Watch a short film of 2017’s final here.

“an inspirational experience that I’ll never forget. I have learned a lot from the judges, Julian and the other finalists. I will probably be entering again … and again.” – Emilia Matthews, FilmScore 2017 finalist


“As an instrumentalist, writing music for the FilmScore 2015 competition was a completely new experience for me.  I enjoyed it so much though that it has now inspired me to look deeper into composition for film and consider it as a possible career path.

My most recent composition was for a twenty minute short drama “Letters Home”, commemorating the Battle of the Somme during the First World War. The FilmScore competition provided a fantastic background into the essentials of composing for screen. 

What was new and interesting about composition for “Letters Home” was composing as part of a team and writing music to accompany actors and script. I am now currently considering the possibility of studying a masters in composition for film in London” – Sebrina Lambert-Rose, FilmScore 2015 finalist