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Ist EDITION 2024

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We are thrilled to unveil the finalists of the inaugural Chigiana International Film Scoring Competition for 2024.
Given the exceptional quality of submissions, the jury has decided to extend the final round to 11 finalists, celebrating the high level  demonstrated by all participants.

Amidst an exceptionally competitive field, these finalists have showcased remarkable talent and creativity with their rescoring of the ending scene from the movie “Pinocchio,” directed by Matteo Garrone.

THE FINALISTS ARE: (in alphabetical order):

– Alessandro Adamo (Italy)
– Dario Bortolato (Italy)
– Lorenzo Breda (Italy)
– Evan Chamberlain (United States)
– Chi Wang Chan (United States)
– Ryan Kane (UK)
– Subhang Narasimhan (India)
– Andrea Roccasalvo (Italy)
– Davide Sambrotta (Italy)
– Jackson Spargur (United States)
– Alessandro Speciale (Italy)

We extend our heartfelt thanks to every participant for sharing their passion and talent with us. Your contributions have made this competition a vibrant showcase of film scoring excellence.

Please mark April 15th on your calendars, as we eagerly anticipate announcing the winner.


The Department of Sound and Image of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana is proud to announce its first International Film Scoring Competition dedicated to promoting and celebrating the art of film and media music.

The competition is designed to discover fresh voices in the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary film music. By acknowledging and nurturing the creativity and originality of emerging talents, it offers tangible opportunities to kickstart and advance their professional careers.

We invite talents around the globe to apply by submitting an original composition to a provided scene carefully selected by our esteemed jury.

The piece has to feature orchestra and, if applicable, a hybrid instrumentation. 

The orchestra includes: 7 first violins, 6 second violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, 2 double basses, 2 flutes (with the possibility of piccolo doubling), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (with bass clarinet doubling), 2 bassoons (with contrabassoon doubling), 2 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, percussions, 1 timpanist/percussionist, piano, harp.

Among the many prizes listed below, the winner will have the unique opportunity to participate in the 3-week Chigiana Film Scoring Intensive Program and record their winning piece with the Orchestra Sinfonica della Toscana (ORT) in Florence under the guidance of our faculty.

We embark on a mission to explore the art of storytelling through music and invite you to be part of it!


Open to talents of all ages from across the globe.

Application Process:
    – Registration Period: Interested candidates must fill out the registration form available from January 15, 2024, to April 1, 2024.
    – Video Clip and Unique Code: After registering, participants will receive a link to download a video clip (without music) and a unique code for submitting their entry.
    – Submission Form and Fee: All registrants will be provided with a link to a form where they can submit their video along with a registration fee of EUR 40.00.

Submission Deadline and Deliverables:
The submission deadline is April 1, 2024. Participants upload the link to their scored video clip (YouTube or Vimeo only).

    – Finalists Announcement: The finalists will be announced on April 8, 2024.
    – Winner Announcement: The winner of the competition will be announced on April 15, 2024.

The winner must supply their notated score PDF and parts no later than May 10th 2024.


The jury for the Chigiana Film Scoring Competition consists of esteemed musicians, acknowledged for their notable contributions and achievements within the film and media industry.

Our jury members include:

Pete Anthony (orchestrator Hunger Games, The Mandalorians, Spiderman) – Marco Beltrami (composer I Robot, Ford vs. Ferrari, A quiet place) – Anna Drubich (composer Navalny, Barbarians, The Master and Margarita) – Stefania Ippoliti (director Toscana Film Commission) – Patrick Kirst (composer The Kissing Booth, Woman of the Dead) – Franco Piersanti (composer Il Caimano, Il Commissario Montalbano, Siccità) – Nicola Sani (composer and artistic director Accademia Chigiana) – Lawrence Shragge (composer Anne of Green Gables, Patrolman)



  • Free participation in the 2024 Chigiana Film Scoring Intensive Program (valued at €3,000);
  • Recording of the winning piece with the Orchestra della Toscana ORT Symphonic orchestra, including final mixing and mastering;
  • Commission to create the soundtrack for an internationally produced short film (offered by the Toscana Film Commission);
  • Travel expenses contribution to Florence (up to €1,500) to attend the recording sessions and the award ceremony of the Film Scoring Program;
  • Stay in Florence and Siena from May 27 to June 1 (6 nights);
  • Orchestral Tools products: 1st Prize: Berlin Mains + Pēteris Vasks Strings + Tallinn + Andea for a combined value of €3,246 – 2nd Prize: Pēteris Vasks Strings + Tallinn + Andea + all Creative Soundpacks (€2,503) – 3rd Prize: All Creative Soundpacks (€1,156);
  • Presentation of the winning score at the Chigiana Film Scoring Program Award Ceremony in Siena on June 1, 2024




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