Berklee Film Scoring Competition at Valencia Campus Reaches Climax with World Première at 2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest | Berklee Valencia Campus

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Berklee Film Scoring Competition at Valencia Campus Reaches Climax with World Première at 2015 Palm Springs International Shortfest

Berklee alumnus Aaron Ramsey composed the music for Copetín short-film, which premiered at the 21st Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest. Photo by Histeria Producciones.

The short film Copetín, the creative result of a competition held among students from the class of 2014 in the Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games program at  Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, in collaboration with celebrated Argentinian short-film writer and director Ernesto Kullock, was selected for the 21st Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest. Berklee alumnus Aaron Ramsey, film composer and winner of the Berklee competition, also attended the festival and met the film’s director there.

“We were privileged to have the collaboration of director Ernesto Kullock, who created the short film Copetín, especially for the scoring competition among our students,” explained Lucio Godoy, director of the Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games program at Berklee. “The unexpected and added bonus for us all—especially for Aaron, who won the competition and scored the film—was the selection by the Palm Springs ShortFest of Copetín to world premier at the 2015 festival, and be nominated for an award.”

Copetín is a dark and enigmatic short film, and for the Berklee scoring competition, writer and director Kullock sent a brief and synopsis to the graduate program’s students to work on the score. For impartiality, students presented their proposals under pseudonyms and Kullock initially selected a short list of six. Students were then asked to retouch aspects of their compositions, and as a result, Ramsey was chosen as the winner. The prize was the subsidized production of the film’s sound track, comprising an hour’s remote recording session conducted from the Valencia campus’ state-of-the-art music technology complex with professional musicians, as well as the opportunity to get international exposure.

“Aaron was chosen as the winner not only for his brilliant sound track, but also for the total professionalism that he demonstrated throughout the entire process,” said Kullock. “Not only did he completely understand the project needs from the outset, responding completely to my brief, but he was always the first to deliver on any requests for changes, even sending several proposals. It was a pleasure to work with him and we got on well;and the result of our collaboration speaks for itself!”

Copetín was subsequently selected to premier at the 21st Annual Palm Springs International ShortFest and Ramsey was invited to attend the festival, accompanying Kullock, to celebrate their collaboration and success.

“It was an intensive few days; I had the privilege of meeting filmmakers from all over the world, from New Zealand to Georgia, and Sri Lanka to Peru, and participated in roundtable discussions, learning so much to add to what I’d already learned from working with Ernesto,” enthused Ramsey. “It was amazing to have Copetín with my score premier at the Palm Springs ShortFest, and the best award, without a doubt, was just being there.”