Call For: IMRO | RTÉ Scoring for Film Programme Seeks Composers & Filmmakers

IMRO | RTÉ Scoring for Film Programme Seeks Composers & Filmmakers

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring programmes, IMRO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with Screen Skills Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) will bring together some of the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project during 2020.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with an invaluable opportunity to enhance their skills through hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed and recorded for full orchestra. Each year, films featured in this initiative have gone on to win awards at various national and international film festivals, clearly signalling the impressive creative output of Irish film composers and filmmakers.

The focus of the project is a one-day recording session in RTÉ studios in September 2020 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra recording original scores for short film submissions selected for the initiative. Programme participants will be further supported through mentoring sessions and workshops with leading industry specialists.

Interested filmmakers who would like to participate in this programme are invited to apply.  Criteria:


  • The ability to score for full orchestra is essential.
  • Previous experience in scoring to picture (short film/advertisements etc.) is desirable.
  • The ability to work to a tight deadline is also essential.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to participate in this program please email an up-to-date CV and samples of your work, outlining your film and TV scoring experience to date to ei.ormi@stneve

A total of 4 composers will be selected for inclusion in the project.


Submitted film projects for the initiative should require original scored music totalling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 15 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a full score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

All categories of film will be considered e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc. Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.


The closing date for submissions for this initiative is 5pm Thursday 30th April 2020.

Preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your music or film submission to ei.ormi@stneve or alternatively by post to:

IMRO / RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2020
c/o Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2


Film, Music and the Song Symposium

A symposium organized in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Centre bringing together visual artists, composers, and musicians to explore the interface of film and musical composition will take place on Tuesday 5th November 5.30pm. Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD 100 Thomas St, Dublin 8.

There will be number of short screening of recent work in sound and image together with presentations from the panel designed to set up the discussion about models of good practice to guide collaboration between musicians and image makers.

All are welcome. There is no fee or registration.

The panel include Trish McAdam, filmmaker and contributor to the Fractal Music- Film project, who will screen her short film Rough Time and discusses her collaboration with the composer Trevor Knight and dancer Goyhie Zaitsu

Paul Moore, Professor of Video Art at  Magee College, UU Derry and contributor to The River Still Sings together with, Frank Lyons, Head of the School of Music, University of Ulster, composer of the multimedia performance piece The River Still Sings, screening a short excerpt from a recorded performance (with the Fidelio Trio)  and discuss their collaboration

Desmond Bell, filmmaker, Professor at  NCAD and director The Last Storyteller, screening a short excerpt from the film which employs the music of Deirdre McKay and discusses the challenge of working on creative documentary film with contemporary Irish music.

Introduced and moderated by Evonne Ferguson, Director of the Contemporary Music Centre, Dublin