* ReMix 2014 - Film scoring competition

ReMix 2014 - Film scoring competition 

Welcome to ReMix 2014!   A special group of gifted film makers has given permission for VirtualArtists composers to write new film scores for six award-winning films.  Each film is between 1 - 4 minutes long.   Each composer may choose one of these short films and re-score it for this competition.  Enjoy!

Allowable Short Film list:  Duration (duration without credits)

mi'au myau - Vida Vega  1:00 (0:58)

Lexi - by Nina Paley  2:20 (1:53)

Warm Winter - Xin Li  3:00 (2:34)

The Umbrella - Xin Li  3:01 (2:19) 

The Writer - by Edson Oda  3:00 (2:56)

YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ - by Gavin Heffernan & Harun Mehmedinović - 3:59 (3:41)

Please read the instructions carefully!  
Failure to follow the instructions may disqualify your entry.

Competition schedule:

  • by Saturday June 14, 2014:  Announce your intention to enter by posting a comment on this page.  Please include the name of the film you have selected for scoring.  Your selection must come from the approved list above.  One film per composer, please.   The limit for each film is seven composers, so sign up for your favorite soon!
  • by Saturday July 26, 2014, midnight EST :  When your film is ready, notify us with a post on this thread.  You will be sent a private email with instructions about uploading your .mp4 file and .pdf file to your own personal MyVault account.
  • Short List winners will be selected by VirtualArtists judges, then made available for public voting.  Both the Short List winners and the period of public voting will be announced on this page.
  • The winning score for each film will be presented in a concert/symposium on Saturday, September 13, 2014, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.   Winning scores will also be shared with the film makers and the general public. 


  • Composers must be aged 13 or older, and can be either students or professionals in the fields of Classical music, Jazz, or Film Scoring.
  • All music included in the score must be original.
  • Each entering composer must be a member of VirtualArtists.com, a free, moderated online community for Collaborative Media and Music Education.

Orchestration, Scores, and Finished Product:

  • You may write for any combination of orchestral or concert instruments or any computer-generated sounds, as long as you are able to create a score as described below.  NOTE:  You do not have to write for full orchestra, but can use any combination of instruments, including solo instruments. 
  • We require a written score for two reasons:  1) for students and other composers to study and 2) for possible future performance by a symphonic orchestra.   It is fine, however, to supplement the orchestral score with additional computer-generated sounds.  Your film score therefore must include a written score that could be realized by live players plus synchronized computer-generated sounds.  The percentage of these two elements is up to the composer!
  • The finished product will be the film you chose remixed with your new score and saved as an mp4.  This mp4 file should be presentation-ready.  We will be showing the films at a symposium on 21st century composing to be held Saturday, September 13, 2014, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Entrants to date:  (Each film can have up to 7 composers)


  1. Michael Tauben - London, United Kingdom
  2. Elizaveta Sanicheva - Moscow, Russian Federation
  3. James Smith - Orange City, FL, USA
  4. Caio Menezes Facó - Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil
  5. Tim Janiszewski -Park Ridge, IL, USA
  6. Nikola Radosavljevic - Krusevac, Serbia
  7. Vincent Newton - USA


  1. Nadav Amir-Himmel  - Jerusalem, Israel
  2. Norbert Hoffmann - Seefeld in Tirol, Austria
  3. Pamela Madsen - Laguna Beach, CA, USA
  4. Iván Alhucema - Bogotá, Colombia
  5. Joris Dhooghe - Flanders, Belgium
  6. Luigi Morleo - Bari, Italy
  7. Paul Gelsing - Oss, Netherlands


  1. Cymphoni Fantastique - Houston, TX, USA
  2. Glenn Kingsley Mortimer - Cairns, Queensland, Australia
  3. Joe Kelly - Liverpool, United Kingdom
  4. Wally Zelinski -Rockaway, NJ, USA
  5. Jakub Polaczyk - Krakow, Poland
  6. Fernando N. Gonzalez -Northridge, CA, USA
  7. Louis Sauter - Longjumeau, France


  1. Russell Powell - Fort Worth, TX, USA
  2. Michael Wadkins - Fort Wayne, IN, USA
  3. Natalie Moller - Los Angeles, CA, USA
  4. David Berlin - Gibsonia, PA, USA
  5. Symone Davis - El Paso TX, USA
  6. Matthew David Wheeler - Fresno, CA, USA
  7. Bethany Brinson - Holly Springs, NC, USA

    1st STANDBY:  Evagelia Siarvali - Thessaloniki, Greece


  1. Pedro Luis Toledo-Martinez - Mexico City, Mexico
  2. Peter Hawkey - Bristol, United Kingdom
  3. Noah Balamucki - Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  4. Nima Ranjbar - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  5. Ben Larson - Bend, OR, USA
  6. Daniel Clive McCallum - Topanga, CA, USA
  7. Tim Shaw - Potters Bar, United Kingdom


  1. Chase T. Christensen - Kearney, NE, USA
  2. Patrizio Trivellini - New Haven, CT, USA / Italy
  3. Michael Maiorana - Pleasant Ridge, MI, USA
  4. Jorge Torres - Mexico City, Mexico
  5. DuNiKu - Beijing, China
  6. Harmeet Singh - Santa Rosa, CA, USA
  7. Nicholas Taylor - USA

Here is a partial list of software that can help you with your film scoring:  Film Music Software List

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UPDATE 7/30/14 11 pm:  ReMix2014 Films are now available for Public Viewing at: VirtualArtists.tv

UPDATE 8/10/14:  The judges have selected a short list.  You can see the judges' votes here:  ReMix Short List Voting.  Short listed winners are:

Mi'au Myau - 1, 2, and 3
Lexi - 1, 2, 4
The Umbrella - 1, 2, 5
The Writer - 1, 2, 3, 5  (5 and 2 were tied, so we are allowing 4 entries)
Warm Winter - 1, 3, 4
Yikaisdaha - 1, 2, 4

UPDATE 8/12/14:  Public Voting has begun:  Remix 2014 Public Voting 

UPDATE 8/12/14:  View latest voting results here:  ReMix 2014 Public Voting Results


UPDATE 8/31/14:   Here are the winners from our Public Voting:

Lexi-2, by Joris Dhooghe from Flanders, Belgium
Mi'au myau-1, by Elizaveta Sanicheva from Moscow, Russian Federation
The Umbrella-2, by Bethany Brinson from Holly Springs, NC, USA
The Writer-3, by Tim Shaw from Potters Bar, United Kingdom
Warm Winter-4, by Jakub Polaczyk from Krakow, Poland
Yikaisdaha-2, by DuNiKu from Beijing, China

The VirtualArtists Staff also picked their favorites:

Editor's First Choice:  Mi'au myau-2 by Michael Tauben from London, United Kingdom
Editor's Second Choice: Mi'au myau-3 by Nikola Radosavljevic from Krusevac, Serbia

In our opinion, these two scores best represent the joyous energy of our film scoring program!  

Here is a list of all the short list winners.  

Lexi-1: Luigi Morleo from Bari, Italy
Lexi-2: Joris Dhooghe from Flanders, Belgium
Lexi-4: Norbert Hoffmann from Seefeld in Tirol, Austria

Mi'au myau-1: Elizaveta Sanicheva from Moscow, Russian Federation
Mi'au myau-2: Michael Tauben from London, United Kingdom
Mi'au myau-3: Nikola Radosavljevic from Krusevac, Serbia

The Umbrella-1: David Berlin from Gibsonia, PA, USA
The Umbrella-2: Bethany Brinson from Holly Springs, NC, USA
The Umbrella-5: Russell Powell from Fort Worth, TX, USA

The Writer-1: Ben Larson from Bend, OR, USA
The Writer-2: Noah Balamucki from Chapel Hill, NC, USA
The Writer-3: Tim Shaw from Potters Bar, United Kingdom
The Writer-5: Peter Hawkey from Bristol, United Kingdom

Warm Winter-1: Wally Zelinski from Rockaway, NJ, USA
Warm Winter-3: Glenn Kingsley Mortimer from Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Warm Winter-4: Jakub Polaczyk from Krakow, Poland

Yikaisdaha-1: Patrizio Trivellini from New Haven, CT, USA and Italy
Yikaisdaha-2: DuNiKu from Beijing, China
Yikaisdaha-4: Michael Maiorana from Pleasant Ridge, MI, USA

Congratulations to each of you for creating such an exciting competition!


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Comment by Harmonia on June 3, 2014 at 5:11pm

Welcome to Michael T and Michael M - you're in!

Comment by Harmonia on June 3, 2014 at 5:06pm

Michael - you're right!  The usual percentage of "good intentions" to "finished product" is about 60%.  With that in mind, if any film list becomes full and folks are still signing up for that film, we will allow a few additional people to sign up in case someone drops out or doesn't deliver.  We will accept seven completed scores for each film.

Thank you for your promise of a firm commitment or withdrawal.  We hope everyone will be as courteous!

Comment by Harmonia on June 3, 2014 at 4:59pm

Russell (and everyone) - some of the film makers provided us with a download link, others did not.  You can download films to your machine using several different software packages.  Since we have obtained permission for all these films, you will not be violating copyright laws.  Each of you will have different Operating Systems and Browsers, and different codecs and will use different software packages for your composing and mixing, so it's best for each person to download their film according to the specifications of your particular setup.

A partial of list of software for working with films in various formats is found at Film Music Software List.

Please feel free to add ideas to this software list!

Russell, I was able to download The Umbrella to my machine by using keepvid.com and then converting the result to an AVI.  This gave me a complete version of the film without sound, that I could then use in Finale 2014.  You may have a different setup and different requirements.

Comment by Michael Maiorana on June 3, 2014 at 4:23pm


Comment by Mike T on June 3, 2014 at 4:12pm

I would like to have a go at mi'au myau. However, I have a small concern which is this. Since only seven composers will be accepted for each film there is the possibility that a film may be 'fully booked' but that some composers may not actually have time to finish the score ( due to work commitments perhaps). This would mean that other composers may be excluded from a particular film which turns out to have less than seven entries. 

In my own case, because I am not 100% sure I'll have the time, if I find that my chosen film has reached seven entrants I will either make a firm commitment or withdraw.

I think that would be fairer as I wouldn't want to take a slot that someone else might like and then not be able to use it.

Comment by Russell Powell on June 3, 2014 at 4:00pm

Ok, but how do I get the video? I don't see a link to download.

Comment by Harmonia on June 3, 2014 at 3:39pm

Russell - When you finish your score and have mixed it with the film, you'll need to create a file of the finished product.  You can convert avi files or other files to mp4 for upload.  We need one file format as our lowest common denominator, and mp4 should work.

Comment by Russell Powell on June 3, 2014 at 3:33pm

What is this mp4 video we're supposed to upload?

Comment by Harmonia on June 3, 2014 at 11:29am

Greetings Norbert and Patrizio - you've been added to the list!

Comment by PATRIZIO TRIVELLINI on June 3, 2014 at 11:16am

I would like to participate and score YIKÁÍSDÁHÁ.

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