The Composers Lab offered a unique chance for emerging composers to meet with some of the most successful professionals in their field and to find out what the real score is in the world of moving image composition.
Over five days, eight Scottish and one Northern Irish composer attended EIFF to learn from leading film composers, directors, music editors and supervisors who lent their insight, advice and expertise.
The Lab took place from 23- 27 June 2014. Selected participants were provided with a full programme of sessions and screenings giving them a fully rounded view of the 'ins and outs' of working in their chosen field.
Participants were also given a full Festival pass and invited to attend other industry events that took place during the Festival. Those based outside Edinburgh also received accommodation during the Lab dates.
Composers Lab 2014 participants:
Martin Hailey, Joseph Harney, Alexander Horowitz, David MacKay, Atzi Muramatsu, Karine Polwart, David Simpson, Shauna Tohill, David Watson
Feedback from past participants:
"Overall the lab left me feeling more enthused and encouraged and energised in ways I did not anticipate; a very stimulating experience."
"the sessions were so intimate with the composers that we came away from every session with fresh knowledge and bursting with ideas. For me it was the perfect place to get that first boost on our journey as emerging composers."
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The Composers Lab is funded by Creative Scotland's Creative Futures programme. Creative Futures is a programme of residencies across all art forms designed to promote the professional development, vision, connectivity and ambitions of Scotland’s creative practitioners and organisations.
Creative Futures is the largest co-ordinated residency programme in Europe. EIFF are proud to be a part of this programme supporting Scottish talent.
The Composers Lab is also supported by PRS for Music.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.