Composition Contest 2017

News 24 Sep 2016
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, Sándor Török 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.

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 rather controversial scene of the Italian movie ‘Il Conformista’ from 1970, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and with original music from Georges Delerue. Registrations will be accepted via this link 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 them carefully before submitting.

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

17th World Soundtrack Awards
Wednesday 18 October 2017 at Capitole Ghent

Central guests include Terence Blanchard, David Shire, Joe Kraemer and more!
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Registration information: Thomas De Keere
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