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Waterloo Festival launches film score competition

The organisers of the Waterloo Festival have teamed up with the British Film Institute to launch this year's film score composition competition.

This year's Waterloo Festival takes place from Thursday 26 June to Tuesday 1 July with the theme of 'War and the World 1914'.

The festival, now in its fourth year, is centred on St John's Waterloo.

Last year the festival held its first film score composition competition which received entries from all over the UK and abroad.

This year's competition, in association with the BFI, has recently opened for entries with a closing date of Friday 11 April for registration. Completed scores must be received by Friday 9 May.

The shortlisted entries will be performed, accompanying the film, and the two winners announced at the BFI Southbank on the last afternoon of the Waterloo Festival. Each winner receives 500.

Entries are open to budding composers and musicians between the ages of 18 and 35, to create a film score to accompany 'A Journey's End', a short film of about 5 minutes which has been specially written, devised and filmed in Waterloo.

The two categories are for oboe quintet (oboe and string quartet), with finalists' compositions being performed by Southbank Sinfonia at BFI Southbank on Tuesday 1 July, or electronic, where at least one of the instruments must be synthesised.

Full details of how to enter the competition can be found on the festival website.

The film footage features Manpreet Bambra, who arrives at Waterloo from afar clutching a small piece of paper bearing an address. Confused and alone in unfamiliar surroundings she seeks help and finds it from an unexpected source. Bhasker Patel, currently on the UK's television screens and known to many as Rishi Sharma in Emmerdale, plays Manpreet's father and last year's lead Paul Asmar returns as a homeless man.

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