WSA Composition Contest 2021
20th Film Music Composition Contest
Each year, the World Soundtrack Academy organises a composition contest for young international film composers. Chosen by a professional jury, the winner will be honoured with the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer, worth € 2.500.
- Deadline: 17th of May
- Composers of any nationality and place of residence are eligible to participate in this contest.
- The contest is open to individual composers of legal age and who are born after 23 October 1985 (under the age of 36 on the day of the performance, 23 October 2021).
- In order to take part in the competition, the participant needs to register and pay a fee of € 75 for handling and consulting. This fee is non-refundable.
Each year, the World Soundtrack Academy (an initiative of npo International Film Fest Ghent) organises a composition contest for young international film composers with the support of Sabam, the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers. The contest provides young talents under the age of 36 with the chance to demonstrate their skills as a screen composer by writing a symphonic score for a selected film or TV series excerpt. Chosen by a professional jury, the winner will be honoured with the Sabam Award for Best Original Composition by a Young Composer, worth € 2.500.
The jury will choose three finalists, whose compositions will be performed live in world premiere by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé during the World Soundtrack Awards Concert in Ghent on 23 October 2021. The finalists will also be invited to attend the film music events at Film Fest Ghent, such as the WSA networking dinner, the WSA industry days and the WSA Q&A. At these events the finalists will have the chance to meet professionals from the international film music industry.
In 2021, the film music composition contest is organised for the 20th time.