CINE’s 2015 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest! — 10 Finalists. The Winner is Carlos Simon!

CINE: The 2015 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers — Congratulations to the Winner and the Finalists! CINE CELEBRATES Award is scheduled for October 7, 2015 at SVA Theater in Chelsea, NY.

UPDATE: The 2016 Contest is now underway. Two Categories! Winners will be announced May 2016. Register for 2017!


The Winner, Carlos Simon wrote:

Some things about my philosophy on music: I believe that music should help people. It should reach the inward recesses of their being. It should cause them to look inward and find joy and peace. I learned the power of music in the church where my father ministered every week in Atlanta, Georgia. As a young teenager, my duties were to play the Hammond organ in services with a small five member choir. It was here that I learned the true meaning of service through music. Since then, I have decided to continue my vocation of music in hopes of helping others. See you soon!! Carlos Simon”



Watch the winning score by Carlos Simon:


With our great thanks to Terre Blair Hamlisch and his estate for their generosity, we are proud to pay tribute to our kind and gifted friend by renaming the contest in his honor.”

A record number of composer representing more than fifty countries registered for this contest! Score big when you compose a new score for a CINE award-winning short film.

Marvin Hamlisch was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century — and a great friend to CINE. We are honored to pay tribute to his remarkable legacy, both as an artist and as a champion of young talent, with our unique film scoring contest.

Winner of the 2015 Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emering Composers is: Carlos Simon. CONGRATULATIONS!


For over 60 years, CINE has honored student and emerging talent in film and video.  But we know that media is much more — so in 2012, we created a unique, innovative contest to recognize emerging film composers.

The contest is simple: Composers create a new score to a Golden Eagle award-winning short film that we provide. Scores are anonymously evaluated, and all composers receive judging comments. The top ranked scores are named as finalists and evaluated by a notable guest jury that selects an ultimate winner.

The winner of the Marvin Hamlisch Award will receive a trophy presented at one of the CINE events in Los Angeles, New York or Washington, DC in 2015.

The Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest — Registration is now closed. Next: Contestants will submit their scores by Feb 27th, 2015 to the judges.

A Contest For emerging composers — defined as student and amateur composers —  Composers will submit a new score to a CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning short film, and after the scores are anonymously evaluated, the top-rated scores will be sent to a distinguished jury who will select a contest winner and runners-up. Our distinguished jury from the 2013–2014 Film Scoring Contest returns for the first Marvin Hamlisch Contest: Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna (Best Original Score, Life of Pi, 2012); multiple BMI-award-winning composer and Emmy nominee George S. Clinton (Chair of Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music); and Emmy Award-winning music editor, supervisor and conductor Daniel Carlin (Chair of Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television at USC’s Thornton School of Music).

The Judges: Mychael Danna, George S. Clinton, Daniel Carlin
The Judges: Mychael Danna, George S. Clinton, Daniel Carlin

Nearly 400 emerging composers from 33 countries participated in the 2014 Film Scoring Competition, re-scoring the CINE Golden Eagle Award-winning short film Sebastian’s Voodoo by Joaquin Baldwin. Paul Devlin, a native of Scotland and student in the Composition for Screen program at London’s Royal College of Music, was named the competition winner, with runners-up Richard Gould (First-Runner Up) and Jeremy Leidhecker (Second Runner-Up).

For more information on the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest for Emerging Composers, visit:

CINE.ORG — The Marvin Hamlisch Contest

For more information about the life and legacy of Marvin Hamlisch, visit:

The Official Website — Composer Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012)

Marvin Hamlisch’s Legacy

A prolific and revered composer, Marvin Hamlisch (1944–2012) won nearly every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globe awards, as well as a shared Pulitzer Prize for his music for “A Chorus Line” (awarded to the show’s writing and production team). His contributions to the world of film were extraordinary: He created music for more than forty films and received Oscars for his remarkable adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music in “The Sting” and his classic score and song for “The Way We Were.” He created scores for renowned filmmakers Woody Allen, Robert Redford and Steven Soderbergh, and he even wrote a classic James Bond theme (“Nobody Does It Better” from 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me”).

CINE was honored to present Marvin Hamlisch with the first-ever CINE Legends Award at the 2012 CINE Awards Gala in Washington, DC, where he dazzled the audience with a medley of his legendary work. Mr. Hamlisch agreed to announce the creation of CINE’s first Film Scoring Contest and serve as a guest judge for the inaugural contest. Sadly, he passed away before the contest’s launch.

With our great thanks to Terre Blair Hamlisch and his estate for their generosity, we are proud to pay tribute to our kind and gifted friend by renaming the contest in his honor. — Cine


Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch