PRS for Music and BAFTA Scotland call for Scotland’s finest talent

Applications now open for Scotland-based composers and directors to collaborate at Edinburgh International Film Festival

Participants sharing ideas at last year’s Composers and Directors Mixer
Sharing ideas at last year's Composers/Directors Mixer

PRS for Music and BAFTA Scotland are calling for all gifted up-and-coming directors and composers to come forward ahead of Edinburgh International Film Festival’s illustrious Composers and Directors Mixer, taking place on Thursday 27 June.

Now in its third year, the renowned event aims to encourage future projects and collaborations between emerging film directors and music composers. The Mixer will bring the two industries together for a series of informal speed meeting sessions at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.

Following a rigorous selection process, 10 of Scotland’s most talented and hotly-tipped directors will be invited to participate and given the rare opportunity to meet 10 equally promising composers in one space.

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers across the UK and beyond, while the British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the leading UK charity supporting developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image.


Until last year I had never been involved in any kind of speed networking. It was really valuable to be able to sit down and talk to directors about what they are working on and hone pitching my music to them. Working as a composer is often about meeting the right people at the right time and this is a perfect way to do it.

Composer, orchestrator and producer Matthew Whiteside, who attended the event last year

We are excited to reinstate our incredibly fruitful partnership with BAFTA Scotland to bring back the Composers/Directors Mixer for another year. We hope some great new creative partnerships are formed at this year’s event and look forward to introducing a whole host of emerging and diverse directors and composers to each other.

Stuart Fleming,Senior Manager, Scotland & Northern Ireland at PRS for Music 

To apply, composers and directors must be based in Scotland and register their interest online by Wednesday 14 June. Composers must be a PRS for Music member and directors should have an Edinburgh International Film Festival Industry Pass to attend.

Successful candidates will be notified by Tuesday 20 June.

For more information visit the Edinburgh International Film Festival Eventbrite page here:  Composers/Directors Mixer - Thursday 27 June 2017



Notes to Editors

Matthew Whiteside

Composer, Orchestrator, Producer

About BAFTA Scotland

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is the leading UK charity supporting developing and promoting the art forms of the moving image. Since 1986, BAFTA has continued to specifically champion the film, television and video game industries in Scotland by celebrating excellence, championing new Scottish talent and reaching out to the public.

About Edinburgh International Film Festival

Inaugurated in 1947, the same year as the Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival is the world's longest continually-running film festival.

About PRS for Music

Here for music since 1914, PRS for Music is a world-leading music collective management organisation representing the rights of more than 175,000 talented songwriters, composers and music publishers. Redefining the global standard for music royalties, PRS for Music ensures songwriters and composers are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. 

For 110 years it has grown and protected the rights of the music creator community, paying out royalties with more accuracy, transparency and speed. In 2023, PRS for Music paid out £943.6m in royalties and collected a record £1.08 billion in revenues.

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