Film Scoring Competition

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Score IT! is a state-wide film-scoring competition open to all secondary school students in Queensland. The competition challenges young composers to create an original composition to accompany a short film produced by Griffith Film School. Score IT! categories are as follows:

Score IT! Junior (Years 7-10)
Score IT! Senior (Years 11-12)
Score IT! Plus (Years 7-12)

Based on year level, students compete in either Score IT! Junior or Senior by composing and recording a soundtrack using instruments of their choice. The more challenging Score IT! Plus is open to all secondary students, requiring composition for specific instruments and submission of a written score.

Entrants are judged by an expert panel including Katie Noonan, and award-winning screen composer and orchestrator, Cameron Patrick, known for orchestrating films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming for Marvel, Star Trek Into Darkness for Paramount; and Jurassic World for Universal; as well as industry leaders from Griffith Film School, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and Queensland School of Film and TV.

Score IT! finalists will be invited in July 2018, to take part in a number of composition workshops and masterclasses led by senior lecturers and practitioners from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, and also take part in a half day workshop with top video and digital school, Queensland School of Film and TV and, at the concluding awards ceremony, the winning Score IT! Plus composition will be performed by students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Prizes will also be awarded to all finalists.

For regional finalists, travel and accommodation costs will be covered by Queensland Music Festival to bring the selected student and a guardian to Brisbane for the July Score IT! activities.



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Score IT! Online Resources compiled by Cameron Patrick and Matthew Christensen

Score IT! Film Composition-related Texts compiled by Cameron Patrick and Matthew Christensen


A huge congratulations to our 2017 winners!

Score IT! Plus (Years 7 – 12)
First Place: Hudson Beck (Moreton Bay Boys’ College)
Second Place: Nava MacDonald (Craigslea State High School)
Third Place: Samara Behrendt (Queensland Academy for Creative Industries)
Honourable Mention: Natalia Carter (Queensland Academy for Creative Industries)

View the winning Score IT! Plus Video here

Score IT! Junior (Years 7 – 10)
First Place: Elliena Escott (Trinity Lutheran College)
Second Place: William Elvin (Indooroopilly State High School)
Third Place: Lachlan Moulds (The Rockhampton Grammar School)
Honourable Mention: Flynn Fitzgerald (Marist College Ashgrove)

View the winning Score IT! Junior Video here

Score IT! Senior (Years 11 – 12)
First Place: Matt Bettinson (Citipointe Christian College)
Second Place: Hudson Beck (Moreton Bay Boys’ College)
Third Place: Aidan Burne-Johnston (Anglican Church Grammar School
Honourable Mention: Rebecca Armour (Ferny Grove State High School)

View the winning Score IT! Senior Video here



Competition Opens
Mon 22 January 2018

Competition Closes
Fri 18 May 2018

Awards Ceremony
Wed 25 July 2018

Cameron Patrick Public Lecture (ticketed)
Fri 27 July 2018


Griffith Film School

Griffith Film School has been an enthusiastic supporter of Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) Score IT! initiative since 2009, providing animations for re-scoring by high school students. By connecting animators and musicians Griffith Film School is supporting emerging talent across the arts.

Griffith Film School is the largest film school in Australia, and our teachers, students and industry partners are constantly pushing the boundaries of the animation industry — something  you would expect from a University ranked as the top Creative Arts School in Australia.*

Our animation students work across Art Direction, 2D, 3D and VFX specialisations, engage with industry and have the opportunity to work for real world clients through LiveLab as part of their studies.

Griffith Animation graduates can be found working in local studios such as Cutting Edge, Halfbrick Studios, Alt.VFX and Iloura, and worldwide for DreamWorks, Industrial Light & Magic, Double Negative and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

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*Uni Reviews 2017


Score IT! is presented by Queensland Music Festival and Brisbane City Council


Major Partners

Griffith Film SchoolQueensland Conservatorium

Bronze Partners

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Yes, you can enter more than one category depending on your year level. For example, students can enter Junior and Plus or Senior and Plus.

Yes, you can enter with a fellow composer.


  • Two return airfares and accommodation to Brisbane, for each finalist and supervising adult to attend the Award Ceremony on Wednesday 25 July 2018
  • Access to workshops and masterclasses on composition with Cameron Patrick and lecturers from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
  • Workshop at PixelFrame, on how to make a film.
  • Two tickets to the Cameron Patrick public lecture on Friday 27 July 2018
  • Opportunity to meet third year students from Griffith Film School about possible collaborations in the future.
  • + awesome tech gear

Score IT! is free to enter and does not have any registration or other fees.

If you choose to mail in your composition all costs including DVD and mailing charges are the responsibility of each entrant.

Should airfares and accommodation not be required by finalists, other travel allowances may be made available. All food, incidentals and personal costs related to the Brisbane trip are at the cost of finalist.

Online entries or posted entries must be lodged by midnight Friday 18 May 2018.

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