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Composition contest

Young composers are the future of the film music industry, but rarely get the chance to showcase their talent to a (non-)professional (live) audience. Therefore, the World Soundtrack Academy each year offers screen composers under the age of 36 the chance to participate in the WSA Film Music Composition Contest and to win the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer (worth €2.500) at the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert.
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2024 Composition Contest

Registrations for the 2024 Composition Contest are now open.

Submissions are open until 16 May 2024.

Composers under the age of 36 can now register for the WSA Composition Contest. The excerpt for this years contest is from the film THE WITCHES (1990) from Nicolas Roeg. Upon registration and payment of €75, participants will receive a confirmation email with a link to the excerpt and the submission form.

Participants are invited to show their skills as a composer for screen by writing a symphonic score for the selected film excerpt. The jury will choose three finalists, whose compositions will be performed at the annual World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony and Concert, after which the winner of the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer will be announced. The finalists will attend the WSA Film Music Days (15 - 17 October 2024) at Film Fest Gent and meet professionals from the international film music industry.

Register now

To register, you can fill in the registration form. Before filling in the form you will first have to make a MyFFG-account on our website (or log in if you already have an account). Once you are logged in you will be able to access the form.

Participants should carefully read the Rule Book before submitting. You can download the Rule Book below.

Alec Sievern© Jeroen Willems

2023 Winner Composition Contest: Alec Sievern

In 2023, Alec Sievern received the SABAM Award for Best Original Composition by a Young International Composer. Sievern is a composer for both media and the classical stage. He is best known for his additional music on hit series such as Bridgerton, Queen Charlotte, and Marvel’s Secret Invasion. He has also gained a following with his solo piano works. The most popular of which, Prelude No. 1, marks the beginning of his most recent venture, 8 Preludes For Solo Piano. Graduating in 2017 from The University of Notre Dame with a degree in Mathematics, Sievern decided to use his extensive experience as a concert pianist to approach the world of composition instead. In 2018, he moved to Los Angeles, where he attended USC’s Screen Scoring Program. There, he was awarded the Betty Rose Award & Scholarship, awarded to an “outstanding, promising composer participating in The ASCAP Foundation Composer-in-Residence Program at the University of Southern California."
Currently, Alec works as a writer for composer Kris Bowers as he also continues his solo concert work. His compositions blend centuries of influence to create a unique and beautiful musical palate that attempts to discover previously unexplored ideas

Previous winners

2023 - Alec Sievern
2022 - Giacomo Rita
2021 - Dougal Kemp
2020 - Ana Kasrashvili
2019 -
Pierre Charles
2018 -
Logan Nelson
2017 -
Gavin Brivik
2016 -
Sándor Török
2015 -
Peer Kleinschmidt
2014 -
Cyril Molesti
2013 -
Gilles Alonzo
2012 -
Valentin Hadjadj
2011 -
Gabriel Heinrich
2010 -
Karzan Mahmood
2009 -
Christopher Slaski
2008 -
Cédric Murrath
2007 -
Werner Viaene
2006 -
Alexis Koustoulidis
2005 -
Hannes De Maeyer
2004 -
Steven Prengels

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