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Join us at this year’s Independent Directions Film Festival for a special Both Sides Now event, where we’ll be showcasing the female film composers of the future.

A recent report showed that of the top 250 films at the domestic box office in 2018, only 6% were scored by women. Similarly, it is thought that just 6% of current TV shows use music composed by women.

At this event we’ll premiere new work created by a specially selected group of female and non-binary musicians from Yorkshire. From 7-11 Oct they’ll be working alongside Academy member Laura Rossi, composer Christella Litras and industry representatives from Channel 4 and BDi Music to create original scores for three short films, and learn more about what a career as a film and TV composer involves.

We’re delighted to be joined by special guest Nina Humphreys, an award winning composer for the screen, for a pre-screening discussion and Q&A. Nina will be speaking alongside Laura, Christella and a participant from the project who’ll be sharing their experiences.

Part of our Both Sides Now initiative, this event is delivered in partnership with Studio12.


About Nina Humphreys

Nina Humphreys is an award-winning composer for the screen. Known for lyrical, dark and quirky scores, her eclectic credits range from emotive character-led stories for contemporary and period settings to comedy, sci-fi and thrillers. Recent projects include the coming-of-age feature film, Kat and the Band, and Martin Clunes’ comedy for BBC1, Warren.

About Laura Rossi

Laura Rossi is a composer for Film, TV & Concert Works. In 2016/17 Laura was artistic director for Somme100 FILM, a project coordinating 100 live orchestral performances of her score for the 1916 film, The Battle of the Somme.  Her music has been performed by the Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra, at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. Laura is also a lecturer for film music at the London Film Academy and regularly gives masterclasses about film composition.

About Christella Litras

Christella Litras is a professional singer-songwriter, producer, vocal arranger, composer and keyboardist. Over the past ten years Christella has produced and musically directed various professional live and recorded musical/theatrical performances, including producer for Rob Green’s new EP, and producing and vocally arranging albums for Ella Andall in Trinidad. She has provided vocal and songwriting tuition for both national and international educational establishments and has performed and vocally directed many professional studio recordings and performance poetry showcases.