ECSA’s activities include conferences, networking opportunities, concerts, communication activities, development of professional tools, surveys… Cultural activities are proposed by ECSA members themselves in their respective committees and implemented by the ECSA office. You will find below some of our current projects:
THE CAMILLE AWARDS – EUROPEAN FILM COMPOSER AWARDS
About the Camille 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. The Camille Awards honour composers of original music for audio-visual artworks in the following categories:
- Best orchestral score
- Best electro-acoustic score
- Best original music for a series
- A separate category will reward an outstanding music composition for a videogame.
The ceremony will take place October 20th 2018 in the frame of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) in Pula (Croatia). It is organised jointly by the festival’s organisers and the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA).
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 but this year’s edition will take place in the frame of an exciting new partnership with the International Sound & Film Music Festival in Pula, Croatia.
Alongside the three traditional categories, this year’s edition will give special attention to music composed for videogame, with a dedicated award following a different selection procedure.
- By June 15th, three nominees for each category will be announced.
- October 20th, the award ceremony will take place on the second day of the festival.
The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) consists of a network of more than 50 organizations working together towards improving social and economic development of music creation in Europe through equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters. It sets out to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at national, European and international level by any legal means. The mission of the International Sound & Film Music Festival (ISFMF) is to promote and preserve film music and sound as an irreplaceable element of film. ISFMF also intends to expand awareness among the audience and filmmakers on the importance of original music and sound in film. The programme includes concerts of film music, panels and seminars, workshops, film market and parties. Additionally, a jury appraises film music in five categories (link).
PREVIOUS EDITIONS AS GRAND SCORES
ECSA is the official content lead of the Camille Film Music Awards. The awards are organised in partnership with Moët & Chandon and have been held in February every year since 2014 in the framework of the Berlinale. The role of the Alliance is to develop a fair and well thought-out selection procedure for the award ceremony, as well as to put together a jury in charge of selecting the winners.
The Grand Scores has become the leading event celebrating European Film Music at the Berlinale Film Festival over the last years. Have a look at the laureates:
The fourth edition of the Grand Scores took place in Berlin on 2 February 2017. ECSA was, as in previous years, the official content partner of Moët & Chandon. 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 are:
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.