11th composition contest for young European film music composers

News 25 Apr 2012
Young European film music talent will have another chance to win the highly sought-after SABAM Award For Best Young European Composer. This award was created by the World Soundtrack Academy and is worth € 2 500 and the live performance of the three finalists's compositions by the Brussels Philharmonic during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 20 October at the venue 't Kuipke in Ghent. This is the official closing ceremony of the 39th Ghent Film Festival (9 - 20 October 2012). Candidates must be younger than 36 years old and must be European or have been born in Europe. Registrations will be accepted via this link until 29 June 2012.
Every year, the Ghent Film Festival offers young talent the chance to win renown as a film music composer. This year is the eleventh award ceremony and the fourth time the event includes the whole of Europe. Candidates can follow in the footsteps of the hardly 20 year-old Gabriel Heinrich, last year's winner, and countless other important 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 many others. The three finalists will be invited at a fantastic three-day visit in Ghent where they will have the opportunity to meet key people of the film music industry. Candidates must be under 36 and will be asked to compose music for the final scene of 'The Big Combo', a classic in the film-noir genre, directed by Joseph H. Lewis in 1955. The scène perfectly summarizes the spirit of a crime film made in the '50s. Registrations will be accepted via this link until 29 June 2012. The composition must be submitted by 10 August. A professional jury made up of people from the film and music worlds that also have international experience will judge the compositions. The Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé, will perform the compositions of the three finalists at the 12th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony on October 20th at 't Kuipke in Ghent. Afterwards, the winner of the contest will be announced. 12th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert Saturday 20 October at 8 p.m. at 't Kuipke in Ghent Performance by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé accompanied by film scenes projected onto a big screen Tickets for the World Soundtrack Awards & concert cost €29, €39 or €49 and will be on sale as of Friday 27 April at www.filmfestival.be and in Uitbureau Gent (Veldstraat 82B - 9000 Gent, 09/233 77 88). The rules for this composition competition can be found here. Registration information: Valerie Dobbelaere (tel. +32 9 242 80 74 - valerie@filmfestival.be)