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Best Original Film Score

This award recognises outstanding composition for a feature film; particular attention will be paid to how well the music enhances the visual content.

(a) To be eligible the film must have been exhibited theatrically in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2018.

Definition of release date in the UK is based on the weekly schedule for the Film Distributor’s Association, the trade body for theatrical film distribution in the UK.

(b) An MPEG4 or QuickTime MOV file containing a selection of the original music cues from the film must be submitted with each entry:

     (i) music must be shown in the context of the visuals as it appeared in its original broadcast – audio levels should not be modified in any way.
     (ii) cues can be shown in any order the composer feels best highlights their work.
     (iii) there is no limit to the number of cues, but the overall duration must be no longer than 15 minutes.
     (iv) the showreel must be anonymous. The composer’s name must not appear, only the title of the film.

(c) Physical DVD submissions are not acceptable. 
    
(d) Each entry must be accompanied by a PDF of the original music cue sheet for the film, as submitted to the relevant royalty collection society.

(e) In the event that the score is put forward to the second jury session, BASCA will require up to 9 region two screeners of the complete film, if it is not on general DVD release.
    
(f) There will be no more than three nominated scores in this category.

(g) There will be one winning score in this category.

(h) BASCA will credit the composer(s) of the original score, responsible for the overall conception, design and execution of the work as a whole, and the corresponding UK publisher according to the works registration at the relevant royalty collection society. Where the composer created less than 50% of the original music, additional contributors may be considered at the discretion of the relevant Ivor Novello Awards jury.

(i) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to each winning composer in line with clause (g). Only these composers will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.

(j) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to the corresponding UK publisher. Additional statuettes may be awarded to bona fide co-publishers in the case of co-written and co-published works in line with clause (g). Only one representative from each publisher will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.

For the avoidance of doubt, the UK publisher shall include any person, firm or company owning or controlling the copyright in the nominated work in the UK during the qualifying period.

(k) Any works where there is or appears to be a genuine ownership, authorship or author-share dispute may, at the discretion of the Board of BASCA, be disqualified.

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