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World Soundtrack Awards Film Music Composition Contest - Apply now!

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News 12 Feb 2019

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 19th World Soundtrack Awards on 18 October 2019.

Every year, Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Academy offer young talent the opportunity to win renown as a film music composer. Candidates can follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Logan Nelson and countless other composers who attended previous editions of the festival, such as Angelo Badalamenti, Dario Marianelli, Gustavo Santaolalla, Hans Zimmer, John Powell, Maurice Jarre, Howard Shore, Alberto Iglesias, Elliot Goldenthal and others.

Watch here the composition of last year's winner Logan Nelson:

A jury composed out of international film and music professionals will carefully select the final compositions. These finalists (3) will be invited to a fantastic three-day visit in Ghent where they will have the chance to get in touch with international film music professionals.

Candidates must be under 36 years old and will be asked to compose a symphonic score for a scene from the occult thriller 'Don't Look Now' by the late director Nicolas Roeg.

"Nicolas Roeg, who has died aged 90, could, during the 1970s, lay claim to be Britain’s leading director. His output was variable but, taken overall, constituted a forceful, provocative and original body of work.

From his early years as a clapper boy, Roeg had progressed to world-class cinematographer before, by the late 60s, he was ready to direct, although it is unlikely that even the most prescient observer would have anticipated the dazzling quintet of movies (Performance; Don’t Look Now; Walkabout; The Man Who Fell to Earth; Bad Timing) that followed. " - The Guardian

Registrations will be accepted via this link from 13 February 2019 until 31 May 2019, 10 am CET. The composition must be submitted by 7 June 2019. The rules for the composition contest can be found here. Please read this carefully before submitting.

Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé, will perform the three compositions at the 19th World Soundtrack Awards October 18 at the prestigious Capitole in Ghent. Afterwards, the winner of the SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer will be announced.

19th World Soundtrack Awards
Friday 18 October 2019 at Capitole Ghent

Registration information: Thomas De Keere

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