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Composition Contest
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Giving young musicians a chance

Young international film music talent will have the chance to win the highly sought after SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer. This award was created by the World Soundtrack Academy and is worth € 2.500. The compositions of the three finalists will be performed by Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé, during the 17th World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert. 

Each year, the World Soundtrack Academy (an initiative of Film Fest Gent) organizes a composition contest for young international film composers. Young talent has the chance to win renown as a film music composer by writing a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt. The winner will be donated the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, worth €2.500.

The jury chooses three finalists, who see their composition being executed during the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony, by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé. The finalists are invited to attend the music projects of Film Fest Gent during which they can participate in different activities, such as the yearly film music seminar, the World Soundtrack Awards dinner, the film music industry day and the WSA press conference/composers meet & greet. During these days, the finalists have the chance to meet interesting professionals out of the international film music industry.

Candidates must be under 36 years old and will be asked to compose music for a scene of the Italian thriller ‘Il Conformista’ from 1970, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Stefania Sandrelli, with the original soundtrack by Georges Delerue.

Registrations will be accepted until 14 July 2017. The composition must be submitted by 11 August 2017. The rules for the composition contest can be found here. Please read this attentively before submitting. A jury composed out of international film and music professionals will carefully select the final compositions.

The winner of the contest will be announced at the 17th World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert (October 18, Capitole Ghent), during which the compositions will be performed live. Watch last year's winner Sándor Török's score being performed by Brussels Philharmonic: 

The winners of the past editions are:

2016  Sándor Török
2015  Peer Kleinschmidt
2014  Cyril Molesti
2013  Gilles Alonzo
2012  Valentin Hadjadj
2011  Gabriel Heinrich
2010  Karzan Mahmood
2009  Christopher Slaski
2008  Cédric Murrath
2007  Werner Viaene
2006  Alexis Koustoulidis
2005  Hannes De Maeyer
2004  Steven Prengels

17th World Soundtrack Awards Gala
Wednesday 18 October 2017 at Capitole Ghent
Central guests include David Shire, Terence Blanchard, Joe Kraemer and more!
Tickets available at: or

Registration information: Thomas De Keere
(+32 9 242 80 60 -

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