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with Giovanni Zof

14 September 2023

After the triumph that was the first ever Young Arrows, we are super hyped for this second year. We can talk about the benefits of recognising young talent until the cows come home, but who better to tell you why than our inaugural winners. Next up is Giovanni Zof, our 2022 Original Composition winner.

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Giovanni won the Original Composition category for the film Short Film for Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra through We Are Social Sydney.

Why did you / your company enter you in the Young Arrows?

Following the British Arrows over the past years has been a great way to discover the work of many established creatives. When I came across the Young Arrows I thought it could be a fantastic opportunity to showcase my work and connect with them along with many other emerging creatives.

What did you think about being entered?

I was very enthusiastic, and it was fantastic to be shortlisted among so many talented people.

How did if feel to win? Did you expect to win?!

The level of the shortlisted works was excellent so it was a thrilling surprise to see my work winning during the award night. It was great fun writing the music for the Samsung Galaxy short film so I felt very excited to see it on a big screen and have many professionals in the room.

Has winning had any impact on your career / career decisions?

Winning the Young Arrows allowed me to make valuable connections during the awards night with fellow industry peers and with some extraordinary music supervisors. It has been a great opportunity to showcase my work and it definitively strengthen my confidence in pursuing my career as freelance composer.

What do you think the benefits are of giving young talent opportunities in this way?

I think it gives us an excellent way to showcase our work and connect with some of the top players and emerging peers in the industry. Knowing the right people can be a game-changer in this industry and the Young Arrows are a brilliant platform that facilitates new connections.

What are your career goals?

My career goals are to keep writing music for pictures, and to continue working with new talented friends. I am currently pursuing my career as freelance composer taking part on short and also long form projects, which I both love. Recently, I finished a new spot for Ducati and am currently composing a score for an upcoming documentary.

I am also thrilled to share that I’m working on a solo album, which I hope to release later this year.

What would you say to someone thinking of entering this year?

To anyone seeking a valuable opportunity to showcase their talent and meet incredibly talented individuals, the Young Arrows award offers a fantastic experience. Embrace the challenge, and go for it!

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 1 November at BFI Southbank - Tickets are on sale here

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