5. Best Original Film Score
This award recognises outstanding composition for a feature film; how well the music enhances the visual content.
(a) To be eligible 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 taken into account, for the purposes of eligibility, provided the writer was ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom during the calendar year ending 31 December 2019 (documentary proof will be required).
(b) To be eligible the film must have been exhibited theatrically for the first time in the UK during the calendar year ending 31 December 2019.
Definition of release date in the UK is based on the weekly schedule for the Film Distributor’s Association, the trade body for theatrical film distribution in the UK.
(c) All entries are judged anonymously. As such, entrants must remove any reference to the composers who created the work on submitted materials.
(d) An MPEG4 or QuickTime MOV file containing a selection of the original music cues from the film must be submitted with each entry:
(i) The Academy strongly recommends that the composer of the musical score chooses the appropriatemusic cues, as cues should best highlight the excellence of the music to picture.
(ii) music must be shown in the context of the visuals as it appeared in its original broadcast – audio levels of the music against dialogue/action should not be modified in any way.
(iii) cues should be supplied as stereo audio.
(iv) cues can be shown in any order the composer feels best highlights their work.
(v) there is no limit to the number of cues, but the overall duration must be no longer than 15 minutes.
(vi) the showreel must be anonymous. The composer’s name must not appear at any point, only the title of the film.
(e) Physical DVD submissions are not acceptable.
(f) Each entry must be accompanied by a PDF of the original music cue sheet for the film, as submitted to the relevant royalty collection society.
(g) In the event that the score is put forward to the second jury session, the Academy will require screening availability on a secure digital platform or on DVD, if the film is not on general release.
Candidates for Nomination
(h) There will be no more than three nominated scores in this category.
(i) There will be one winning score in this category.
(j) The Academy will credit the composer(s) of the original score, responsible for the overall conception, design and execution of the work as a whole, and the corresponding UK publisher according to the works registration at the relevant royalty collection society. Where the composer created less than 50% of the original music, additional contributors may be considered at the discretion of the Academy.
(k) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to each winning composer in line with clause j. Only these composers will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.
(l) One hand cast bronze statuette (Ivor Novello Award) will be presented to the corresponding UK publisher.
Additional statuettes may be awarded to bona fide co-publishers in the case of co-written and co-published works in line with clause j. Only one representative from each publisher will be invited on stage to collect their award at the ceremony.
For the avoidance of doubt, the UK publisher shall include any person, firm or company owning or controlling the copyright in the nominated work in the UK during the qualifying period.
(m) An Ivor Novello Award represents peer recognition and all eligible submissions will be assessed by specially appointed juries; the members of which shall be chosen by The Ivors Academy:
(i) The Academy aims to have seven judges on each panel.
(ii) Any appointed juror found to have a conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest during a judging session will be asked to forgo their role.
(iii) An Independent Adjudicator will be present at each jury session, in a non-voting capacity.
(iv) All judges will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.
(n) In all cases, the final decision rests with The Ivors Academy and correspondence will not be entered into with respect to such decisions.
(o) Any works where there is or appears to be a genuine ownership, authorship or author-share dispute may, at the discretion of The Ivors Academy Board, be disqualified.