World soundtrack awards
Composition Contest
Composition Contest
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Giving young screen composers a chance

Young international film music talent have the chance to win the Sabam Award for the Best Original Composition by a Young 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 World Soundtrack Awards Concert.

Composition Contest

Each year, the World Soundtrack Academy (an initiative of Film Fest Gent) organises a composition contest for young international film composers. Young talents have the chance to show their skills as a film music composer by writing a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt. The winner will be presented with the Sabam Award for the Best Original Composition by a Young Composer, worth € 2.500.

The jury will choose three finalists, who will see their composition being performed during the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé. The finalists are invited to attend the music projects of Film Fest Gent during which they can participate in different activities, such as the annual film music seminar, the World Soundtrack Awards dinner, the film music industry day and the WSA press conference and meet & greet. During the music programme, the finalists have the chance to meet interesting professionals from the international film music industry.

The rules for the composition contest can be found here.
The call for submissions can be found here.
Register for the 2020 Composition Contest here.
Keep updated on our film music industry activities via our WSA Industry mailings here.

Watch and listen to the winning scores from previous years here:

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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