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Composition contest for young European film music composers

11 May 2011

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 €2500 and the live performance of the winning composition by the Brussels Philharmonic - the Orchestra of Flanders during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 22 October in the Kuipke in Ghent. This is the official closing ceremony of the 38th Ghent Film Festival (11-22 October 2011). Candidates must be under 36 and must be European or have been born in Europe. Registrations will be accepted via this link until 30 June 2011.

Every year, the Ghent Film Festival offers young talent the chance to win renown as a film music composer. This year is the tenth composition contest and the third time the event includes the whole of Europe. Candidates can follow in the footsteps of the Swedish Karzan Mahmood, 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. Candidates must be under 36 and will be asked to compose music for the short film Papillon d'Amour by Nicolas Provost. By subjecting fragments from the film Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa to the mirror effect, he creates a hallucinating scene of a woman's reverse chrysalis into an imploding butterfly. Papillon d'Amour produces skewed reflections upon love, its lyrical monstrosities and wounded act of disappearance. Filmmaker and artist Nicolas Provost (1969) is a graduate of the Ghent art academy. He lived and worked in Norway for ten years before returning to Belgium. His work has been screened around the world, both at platforms for art and at various film festivals. Registrations will be accepted via this link up until 30 June 2011. The composition must be submitted by 12 August. A professional jury made up of people from the film and music worlds who also have international experience will judge the compositions. The Brussels Philharmonic - the Orchestra of Flanders, conducted by Dirk Brossé, will perform the winning composition at the 11th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony on 22 October at the Kuipke in Ghent. The competition rules can be found via this link. Registration information: Valerie Dobbelaere (tel. 00 32 9 242 80 74 - valerie@filmfestival.be)

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