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This award recognises outstanding composition for a feature film; how well the music enhances the visual content.


(a) The feature film must have been exhibited theatrically (as determined by the Film Distributors Association) for the first time in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2021.

Titles whose confirmed theatrical release date (as determined by the Film Distributors Association) has fallen during the Covid 19 UK cinema lockdown will be eligible should their release have changed to an approved commercial VOD platform during the eligibility period.

(b) The film score must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least one third (33.3%) according to the works registration at the relevant royalty collection society.

A non-British or non-Irish national’s contribution can be considered, for the purposes of eligibility, provided the composer was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021 (documentary proof will be required).


(c) The film, in its entirety, must be supplied.
This can be supplied in two formats:

  1. mp4 file of the entire film can be uploaded at the point of entry.
    The file format must be .mp4
    The audio codec should be stereo audio (one audio stream with two channels L and R).
    The aspect ratio should be 16:9.
    The file size cannot exceed 10GB.
  2. A streaming link can be provided so jurors can watch the film via a private link.
    The Academy requires eight unique codes (if viewing is restricted).
    Links must be live from 14 February to 21 March 2022
    Jurors must be able to watch more than once so they can revisit the film for further consideration.

Physical DVD submissions are not accepted.

Please ensure that English subtitles are included on any foreign language films.

Please ensure that the music appears as per the original release– audio levels of the music against dialogue/action should not be modified in any way.

If entrants have difficulty obtaining the film from the production company, please contact the Awards Team who will endeavour to assist (see page 29 for contact details).

(d) Entrants should supply a list of up to five cues (with timecodes) which they feel particularly demonstrate their outstanding compositional craft.
Timecodes must match the film file submitted. A template excel is available to download at the point of entry.

(e) Entrants must supply a music cue sheet with original cues clearly marked, specifying the overall percentage of original composition.

Where there is more than one composer, the percentage of cues each composer has written must be clearly marked.

(f) Entrants must provide the film’s UK release date.

(g) Entrants must provide a short outline, of no more than 250 words, detailing how they approached scoring the film.

(h) 300dpi digital image of the official film artwork.
This will be used in publicity should the work become nominated. In supplying the file, the entrant grants The Ivors Academy permission to use the image in relation to The Ivors 2022.