Three recent graduates and one current student have been shortlisted for awards ahead of the SoundTrack Cologne conference which begins Thursday 24th August.

SoundTrack Cologne is an international conference which brings together film industry professionals who gather to praise the power of music in film, games and media.

2017 sees the 14th festival where guest speakers, networking events and workshops celebrate the influence music can have on our experience of film.

Additionally, SoundTrack Cologne commemorates the commendable work which goes into producing soundtracks. The European Talent Award goes to young composers and sound designers who are given a short film by SoundTrack Cologne to create music for. The competition awards two prizes, the WDR Filmscore Award and the Sound Design award.

We are incredibly pleased to say that two recent graduates of the MSc Composition for Screen programme, Stuart Douglas and Jessica Kelly, have been shortlisted for the WDR Filmscore Award. Recipients of this award will have the fantastic opportunity to record his or her original composition with the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne.

Additionally, recent graduate on the Composition for Screen MSc course, Ioannis Moutzouris, and current Film & Television - BA student, Theodor Solin, have been nominated for the Soundtrack Cologne 2017 Peer Raben Music Award.

The Peer Raben Music Award, awarded in memory of the German film composer, is in its ninth year running. It looks for the best music in short film. Film scores where ‘the relationship between the narration and the music and sound is innovative and dramaturgically striking’ are awarded a prize of 1,500 euros.

Theodor said of the nomination:

"I'm very happy that my short film, Lucky Land, which I made last semester has been nominated for the Peer Raben Award at Soundtrack Cologne 14. It was a pleasure to work with composer, Ioannis Moutzouris, who has recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Composition for Screen. It feels great to travel to Cologne, to see my own work on the big screen and to share it with an audience."

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