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Best Score - Documentary

My Father's Footsteps

Music by


2019 Jerry Goldsmith Nominee

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About the Score

The music is marked by a tearful piano theme. It accompanies the protagonist in his painful journey to find his father. The score is augmented with a string section or synthesizers to capture moments of hope or sadness.

About the Film


My Father’s Footsteps follows the journey of a young Tseshaht man in the beginning of his search to find his father.

Directed by

Cameron Watts

Produced by

Jessie Anthony and Kaitlyn Redcrow

About Sandrine

Currently based in California, Swiss-French composer Sandrine Rudaz creates music for film, video games, and theatre. Recent career honors include a Jerry Goldsmith Award nomination and a Hollywood Music in Media Award. Her work for the animated film Star Bard won Best Orchestration at the 17th Garden State Film Festival.

Sandrine’s other film credits include feature films such as The Shell and Aylesbury Estate, and short films such as the award-winning Kneeling Sheep. Her work for the stage includes the French play Blanc, performed over 25 times in France and Switzerland. In 2018, she was selected to attend the SESAC Workshop with composer John Swihart (How I Met Your Mother). 


Her music utilizes both her European classical piano training and American education to craft stylistically distinct soundscapes; she is at home writing for full orchestra, solo and duo settings, and all ranges in between. Sandrine holds a Master of Music in Film Composition from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program, a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland, and further studied orchestration at Stanford University.

Selected Awards

  • Hollywood Music in Media Awards - Best Contemporary Classical (2019)

  • Jerry Goldsmith Award - Nominated  (2019)

  • FMC-Film Music Contest - Finalist (2019)

  • Global Music Awards, Silver and Bronze Medals (2019)

  • Best Orchestration from an Animation, 17th Garden State Film Festival (2019)

  • Venice Audio-Visual Show - “Aurore Boréale” selected to be showcased (2019)

  • Fidelio Piano Competition - Finalist (2019)

  • 2018 SESAC Scores Workshop with John Swihart (How I Met Your Mother)

  • Montreux Choral Festival - 2nd Jury Prize as Co-director of HEMU Choir (2016)


John Swihart

Composer (How I Met Your Mother, Napoleon Dynamite)

Grammy Award Nominee

Sandrine is a marvelous composer whose musical instincts are always "dialed in" to the narrative of the film. Not only does she possess immense natural talent and broad knowledge of musical mechanics, but a discipline and focus that can bring a scene to life.


Bruce Dukov

Concertmaster Hollywood Bowl Orchestra 1991-2007

Having recorded in over 1800 motion picture soundtracks, I believe I have a good criterion for assessing composers. Sandrine has a very bright future in the film music business. She not only composes music in a very relevant style to serve the film, but she can also orchestrate and conduct her music, which many successful composers do not attempt.


Hummie Mann

Composer (Robin Hood, Thomas and the Magic Railroad)

2-time-Emmy Award Winner

Sandrine is an extremely talented composer who writes music perfectly appropriate in tone and dramatic impact.

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