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Submit your score for consideration for the World Soundtrack Discovery of the Year Award!
Submit your score for consideration for the 2021 Discovery of the Year WSAward!
World Soundtrack Awards

23 Oct 2021

To be considered for the Discovery of the Year WSAward, eligible composers can submit their original score to the World Soundtrack Academy.

Through the World Soundtrack Award category Discovery of the Year, the World Soundtrack Academy honours emerging talents in film scoring. Among past winners of the award are celebrated composers Craig Armstrong, Michael Giacchino, Daniel Pemberton, Nicholas Britell, Tamar-kali, Michael Abels and Bryce Dessner. Traditionally, the Discovery of the Year honouree is invited to return to Film Fest Ghent the following year to present the winning score at the World Soundtrack Awards Concert.

Eligibility criteria:

Original score for a motion picture:

  • used in a feature-length fiction or documentary film (of at least 70 min.);
  • with a world premiere in a commercial cinema theatre or as part of the official selection at one of the film festivals accredited by FIAPF, Sundance Film Festival, TIFF or Tribeca Film Festival;
  • or, due to the impact of COVID-19, premiered on a streaming TV service that commissions original content;
  • screened in world premiere between 16 June 2020 and 15 June 2021;
  • with a minimum amount of 30 minutes of score in the film (exceptions may be allowed).

Screen composer:

  • who has scored maximum five feature-length fiction and documentary films with a commercial theatrical release in at least two countries, up to and including the motion picture in question for which the submitted score has been composed (thus short films, TV films and TV series are not counted);
  • who has not previously won the Discovery of the Year WSAward;
  • who was previously nominated maximum one time in this category.

How to submit your score?

  • You can submit your score via the online application link below.
  • An administrative submission fee of 35 EUR will be required for processing and consulting costs. From 15 May onwards the fee will be 45 EUR. This fee is non-refundable.
  • You can only submit one original score per year. In case there are multiple eligible scores during the qualifying period, you can choose what score to submit for consideration.
  • Only submitted scores will be taken into consideration for the Discovery of the Year WSAward.
  • Submissions must include links to the complete score and to the screener. For more information, see the Rule Book and the online application.
  • If physical copies are available: please send 2 CDs containing the soundtrack album or the For Your Consideration promo to:
    Film Fest Gent, attn: Thomas Van Parys, Leeuwstraat 40B, 9000 Gent, Belgium.
  • Deadline: 15 June 2021. Registration and payment should be completed by 15 June. Scores submitted after the deadline will not be accepted and incomplete submissions will be disqualified.

More information:

Please read the WSA Rule Book (see below) before submitting your score. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at The nominations will be announced around mid-September.

Submit your score here    World Soundtrack Awards Rule Book

World Soundtrack Awards

Rule Book 2021
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