World soundtrack awards
Composition Contest
Composition Contest
Share this project

Giving young musicians a chance

Young international film music talent have the chance to win the 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. 

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 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 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 registrations for this year competition are closed. Next year's competition will be opened around February 2020.

Candidates must be under the age of 36. The rules for the composition contest can be found here. For more information, please contact Thomas Van Parys:

Watch and listen to the winning score by clicking on the composer's name:

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

Online communication by Lavagraphics