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17th Composition Contest for Young International Film Music Composers
17th Composition Contest for Young International Film Music Composers
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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.


Every year, Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Academy offer young talent the opportunity to win renown as a film music composer. Candidates can follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Gavin Brivik and countless other composers who attended previous editions of the festival, such as Angelo Badalamenti, Dario Marianelli, Gustavo Santaolalla, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Maurice Jarre, Howard Shore, Alberto Iglesias, Elliot Goldenthal and others.

"Winning the contest opened a lot of doors for my film scoring career. I was able to spend a week in the beautiful city of Ghent networking with the industries leading professionals, which included composers, agents, orchestrators, conductors and musicians. I also had the amazing opportunity to have my piece conducted by Dirk Brosse and performed by Brussels Philharmonic. It was a game changer and I can't wait till I can visit Ghent again." - Gavin Brivik

A jury composed out of international film and music professionals will carefully select the final compositions. These finalists (3) will be invited to a fantastic three-day visit in Ghent where they will have the chance to get in touch with international film music professionals.

Candidates must be under 36 years old and will be asked to compose music for a scene from the Japanese animated war drama 'Grave of the Fireflies' by the late director Isao Takahata.

"For more than 50 years, Isao Takahata,  played an instrumental role in forging the international reputation of Japanese animation. He was one of the two key figures behind Japan’s leading animation house, Studio Ghibli, which he co-founded in 1985 alongside Hayao Miyazaki, and the director of such poignant works as the antiwar film Grave of the Fireflies (1988) and the Academy award-nominated The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013), based on a 10th-century folktale and realised in a style influenced by traditional Japanese ink-wash painting." - The Guardian

Registrations will be accepted via this link until 13 July 2018. The composition must be submitted by 3 August 2018. The rules for the composition contest can be found here. Please read this carefully before submitting.

Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé, will perform the three compositions at the 18th World Soundtrack Awards October 17th at the prestigious Capitole in Ghent. Afterwards, the winner of the contest will be announced.

18th World Soundtrack Awards

Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Capitole Ghent
Central guests include Carter Burwell, Nicholas Britell and more!
Tickets available here

Registration information: Thomas De Keere

17th Composition Contest for Young International Film Music Composers

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