Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival

Original scores performed live to indie films






Open to all Los Angeles area composers


Link to video reel (6 minutes or under)
PDF score


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Composer applications for our 2019 festival are now closed. Please join us for the festival on July 20, 2019!

Composer video reels may include a selection from one film or clips from multiple films and may include re-scores. The sample PDF need not match a clip from your reel but should be a representative example of your notation.

2019 Festival Timeline

January 22 – Composer Applications Open
March 22 – Deadline for Composer Applications
May 10 – Composer Winners Announced
May 20 – Films Delivered to Composers
June 20 – Scores Due from Composers
July 20 – 2019 Festival, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

Selected composers will be notified by email and invited to create an original score for live performance at the festival, scored for Helix Collective. Selected composers will be provided with a film file, paired with a filmmaker, and will schedule a spotting session with your filmmaker. Conductor’s score, parts, and Pro Tools file with click are due to the festival by June 20, 2019. The score must be written for the instrumentation of Helix Collective – violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, french horn, piano, percussion.


Prizes will be awarded at the festival including Best Picture and Best Score, chosen by audience vote. All participating films will receive a completed studio recording of their score.

Recording of Scores

A recording session with Helix Collective will be scheduled for all participating film scores shortly after the 2019 festival. Recording of all the festival scores will be provided by the festival and made possible by our sponsors.

Selection Process

The Festival has assembled a committee of notable directors, writers, and composers who will review and select composers to participate in the festival. Criteria include: a) compositional ability, b) demonstrated ability to create effective scores for film, c) ability to write music which can be read and played by live performers, d) ability to collaborate.

Acceptance Status

Upon completion of the Festival selection process, the Festival Host will attempt to contact the selected Composer using the contact information provided on the submission form to notify the selected Composer of acceptance status. The Festival Host disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the selected Composer using the contact information provided on the submission form.

Feedback on Submissions

The Festival Host is under no obligation to provide to the applying Composer or any other representative of the Film or Score any comments or feedback regarding the submitted music or the decision process, beyond the information set forth in these Rules and Regulations. The Festival Host disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible or liable for, the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any Score. All decisions of the committee are final.

Original Work

Score must be an original work by Composer. Composer represents that the score is wholly original, and does not violate any rights of any persons or corporations. Composer holds the Festival Host harmless and will indemnify against any costs or damages or liabilities incurred by breach or alleged breach of this representation. The use of public domain works is allowed.


The Festival Host reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees, any composer who fails to remit their score, parts, and Pro Tools files, by the stated deadline.


The Director and Composer must collaborate on the spotting, style, and dramatic intent of the music. The goal is to tell the story in the best possible way. One spotting session in person and/or via the net is required and further communication is strongly encouraged.

Ownership and Rights

Filmmaker and Composer retain all rights to their original work. However, winners must grant a non-exclusive perpetual license to the Festival Host to display, perform, and promote all or a portion of their work created for the Festival.

The Festival has the right to use any content from the screening and/or resulting recording sessions in promotions for future Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival events and support.

Composers have the right to use their score paired with the short film in their privately-shared reels as long as the filmmaker and Helix Collective are credited. Public sharing of the short film requires permission of the filmmaker.

Filmmakers have the right to use the new score with the short film for which it was written as long as the composer and Helix Collective is credited.