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Film Music Competition


One film – three musical experiences 

Once a year the Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG collaborate with the Forum Filmmusik to present the International Film Music Competition.

Composers of any age, any nationality and any domicile who have not set more than 3 feature films (longer than 60 minutes) to music are eligible to participate. The competition requires entrants to compose a brand new score for a short film of about 5 minutes. This year’s International Film Music Competition requires participants to score the award-winning short film ETIQUETA NEGRA by David Vergés.

Three international programme scouts were selected to each find and nominate 5 short films: Bianca Lucas – Filmmaker & Programmer (a.o. Sarajevo Film Festival), Ivana Kvesić – Co-Director (Schweizer Jugendfilmtage), Programmer (Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and Rote Fabrik Zurich), designated Director (Fantoche), Wouter Jansen – Sales Agent (Square Eyes)

The call for entries to the 9th International Film Music Competition is now open.

A jury of internationally renowned music professionals and filmmakers will nominate three works from the competition entries. These winning compositions will be premiered at the Tonhalle Zürich during the Zurich Film Festival on September 30, 2021 by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the musical direction of Frank Strobel and in the presence of the nominees. A jury of experts will select a winner, who will receive the Golden Eye for “Best International Film Music 2021”, an award endowed with a 10’000 Swiss franc cash prize. 

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