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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:

Past Winners:
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

18th World Soundtrack Awards Gala
Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Capitole Ghent.

Order your tickets here

Registration information: Thomas De Keere
(+32 9 242 80 60 -

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