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Giving young musicians a chance
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 World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert.
Each year, the World Soundtrack Academy (an initiative of Film Fest Gent) organizes a composition contest for young international film composers. Young talent has the chance to win renown as a film music composer by writing a symphonic score for a selected film or TV excerpt. The winner will be donated the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, worth €2.500.
The jury chooses three finalists, who see their composition being executed 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 yearly film music seminar, the World Soundtrack Awards dinner, the film music industry day and the WSA press conference/composers meet & greet. During these days, the finalists have the chance to meet interesting professionals out of the international film music industry.
Candidates must be under 36 years old and will be asked to compose music for a scene from the Japanese animated war drama 'Grave of the Fireflies' by the late director Isao Takahata.
The rules for the composition contest can be found here. Please read this attentively before submitting. A jury composed out of international film and music professionals will carefully select the final compositions.
Registrations are now open until July 13, 2018 for more information please visit our website.
The winner of the contest will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert (October 17, Capitole Ghent), during which the compositions will be performed live. Watch last year's winner Gavin Brivik's score being performed by Brussels Philharmonic:
Watch and listen to the winning score by clicking on the composer's name:
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