Camille Awards

EUROPEAN FILM COMPOSER AWARDS

The Camille Awards are a set of awards given to composers of exceptional pieces of film and audio-visual music by their peer composers since 2014. The last ceremony took place on 3 February 2020 in Brussels, in the frame of the Creators Conference 2020, a European forum where creators, music business representatives and EU policy-makers can exchange views on on-going issues affecting music authors, organised by the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA). The last edition of the Camille Awards honoured the career and greatest achievements of a renowned Academy Award winning film composer, Maestro Ennio Morricone by handing out a special “Lifetime Achievement” Award.

Selection process

In the first phase, ECSA member organisations representing composers of music for the audio-visual sector in different European countries submit outstanding works from their respective region. Delegates from these organisations then proceeded to a first round of vote to reduce the selection to three per category. A jury finally selects the best work per category from the preselected pieces.

History

Renamed in tribute to first composer of film music Camille Saint-Saëns, the Camille Awards (previously Grand Scores) were launched in 2014 at the initiative of composer and ECSA Vice-President Bernard Grimaldi as a celebration of European film music and its composers. They have been held every February in the context of the Berlinale for four years. One edition took place in the frame of a new partnership with the International Sound & Film Music Festival in Pula, Croatia. The last edition of the Awards took place in Brussels in the frame of the Creators’ Conference, a European forum for creators, music business representatives and EU policy-makers organised by ECSA.

PREVIOUS EDITIONS AS GRAND SCORES

The Grand Scores awards were organised in partnership with Moët & Chandon and were held every February from 2014 to 2017 in the framework of the Berlinale. The Grand Scores was the leading event celebrating European Film Music at the Berlinale Film Festival.

The fourth edition of the Grand Scores took place in Berlin on 2 February 2017. The 2017 Grand Scores International Jury, consisting of Patrick Doyle, Ludovic Bource, Frans Bak and Fernando Velazquez selected the awardees of each competition category. The winners were:

Best Orchestral Score – Gaute Storaas for “En Man Som Heter Ove” (A Man Called Ove)

Best Orchestral Score – Clint Mansell for “High Rise”

Best Electro-Acoustic Score – Sophia Ersson for “Pojkarna” (Girls Lost)

Best Original Music for a Series – Victor Reyes for “The Night Manager”

The winner of the honorary category for Outstanding Contribution, Lalo Schifrin, has been chosen by ECSA’s Grand Scores Steering Committee with Moët & Chandon’s support.

From the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

From the left: Gaute Storaas (Best Orchestral), Dennis Dreith on behalf of Lalo Schifrin (Outstanding Contribution), Sophia Ersson (Best Electro-Acoustic), Victor Reyes (Best Original Music for a Series); photo credit: Blair Mowat

Previously known as Grand Scores, the ECSA Film Composer Awards were renamed the Camille Awards as a tribute to Camille Saint-Saëns, the composer of the first music ever composed for a fiction film, namely The Assassination of the Duke of Guise in 1908.

The 2018 edition of the Camille Awards ceremony took place on 20 October 2018 in the frame of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) in Pula (Croatia). It was organised jointly by the festival’s organisers and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA). Composers of original music for audio-visual artworks were honoured in three categories (“Best Orchestral Score”, “Best Electro-acoustic Score” and “Best Original Music for a Series”).

The 2020 edition of the Camille Awards took place on 3 February 2020 in Brussels, in the frame of the Creators Conference 2020, a European forum organised by ECSA where creators, music business representatives and EU policy-makers can exchange views on on-going issues affecting music authors. The Camille Awards honoured the career and greatest achievements of a renowned Academy Award winning film composer, Maestro Ennio Morricone by handing out a special “Lifetime Achievement” Award.

 

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