The Young Composers Challenge
DIRECTED BY LISA MILLS
Sponsored by The Governor’s Office of Film & Entertainment
What do you get when you cross Spellbound (FFF2002) with Amadeus? You get THE YOUNG COMPOSERS CHALLENGE! The Young Composers Challenge is open to musicians (ages 13-18) living in the Southeastern United States. Each year hundreds of future Mozarts gather in Orlando, Florida, for a one-day workshop with world-renowned composers. After the workshop, the musicians have the summer to create their own classical composition. The scores are judged by a panel of experts, and the winners will have their pieces performed by a full orchestra. The film follows four boys and one girl through the demanding process of composing an original score. Each must balance the demands of his or her teen life (anxiety disorders, blindness, shyness, college, etc.) with the fast approaching competition deadline. Watch as the judging process begins, and the suspense and anticipation builds. Who will win? The end will surprise and amaze music lovers as well as anyone who loves the thrill of a challenge.
DIRECTED BY SAM K. HALE
USA, 2010, 7 MIN
Orlando’s own Heather Henson produced this remarkable directorial debut that combines American Bunraku puppets with computer graphics and stop-motion animation. Set to the evocative sounds of taiko, koto, and throat singing from the band On Ensemble, YAMASONG chronicles the fantastic journey of a patchwork girl and tortoise warrior.