First programme for film composers Envision Sound to take place in Kyiv
The British Council, in partnership with Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre (Kyiv, Ukraine) are launching Envision Sound – the first-ever professional development programme for film composers in Ukraine, to be held in Kyiv on 21-27 January 2018.

Envision Sound will bring together emerging film composers from Ukraine and neighbourhood countries to take part in a week-long programme curated and led by established film composers Michael Price (UK) and Alla Zagaykevych (Ukraine). This is a unique professional development opportunity that will connect and broaden opportunities for artists working in both music and film.

Michael Price is one of the UK’s most sought-after composers. His work for film and television has been widely recognised, winning an EMMY award in 2014, as well as awards from the Royal Television Society, Music&Sound, and Televisual Bulldog. He also received a BAFTA nomination and 2 further EMMY nominations for the critically acclaimed BBC series Sherlock, which he scores with David Arnold. Price has also broad experience in music editing, having worked on blockbuster films such as Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Richard Curtis’ Love Actually and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Alla Zagaykevych is the winner of the Ukrainian Film Academy’s Golden Dziga award for “Best Composer” (April 2017, for the documentary The Living Fire). She scored Ukrainian fiction films Mamai and The Guide, and is the curator of the international electroacoustic music projects Electroacoustics and EM-Vision. She is also the founder of the electroacoustic music studio at the National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997), and was a member of the folk band DREVO (1986-1998).

A programme of case study presentations from industry professionals, practical workshops, panel discussions, as well as evening screenings and networking events will let participants explore the challenges and the potential of collaborative cinema, live music projects and film composing. English will be the working language of the event.

The week will also offer an opportunity to learn more about Dovzhenko Centre, Ukraine’s leading film archive and cultural centre, and check out its newly opened Museum of Film. Participants will also be able to engage with a wider professional and public audience through a series of live cinema events at the Dovzhenko Centre.

The call for applications opens on August 29th and will last until September 28th. We are looking for 12 participants – at least six emerging film composers from Ukraine, and 6 participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Poland, Russia, and Turkey. Participants in the programme will be announced in late October 2017.

Applicants must be composers at an early/mid-stage in their careers and have written music for at least 2 films/videos of any genre. Participation is free of charge. Travel and accommodation for participants coming from outside Kyiv will be covered by the British Council.

To apply: send the completed application form together with a motivation letter in English and 2-3 links of recent music compositions (at least 1 needs to be for a film/video) with scores. 

For more information on the programme and to download the application form go to:

Tom Sweet, British Council Music Advisor for Wider Europe: “Music and film have been inextricably linked for over 100 years. As technological advances enable more musicians to work with film, so the intricacies and nuances of this practice also need to be conveyed. Envision Sound will bring together respected practitioners and institutes to help equip the next generation of aspiring musicians with the tools they need to become fully-fledged television and film score composers.”

Ivan Kozlenko, Director Dovzhenko Centre: “Envision Sound is Ukraine's first specialised, international film music programme. It aims to bring together the music and film communities from various countries to develop collaborative projects. Ukraine has a strong tradition of film scoring but no formal education in the field, so our ambition is to lay the groundwork for this to change in the future and hopefully  launch several new collaborations.”