Zurich Film Festival to Keep Music Score Competition for 2013 Edition

Zurich Film Festival
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The prize, which comes with a $10,700 purse and is picked by a jury, will go to a composer who comes up with a score to a short film selected by organizers.

LONDON – The international film music competition introduced by organizers in 2012 will now become an integral part of the Zurich Film Festival’s supporting program.

Organizers said the competition venue will alternate between one of the festival cinemas and the Tonhalle Zurich.

Composers from around the globe will be invited to enter their film scores and compete for the Golden Eye for best international film music 2013, a nod that comes with a $10,7000 cash prize.

The select short film for this year's competition is Matthew Savage's 2009 Reign of Death, which will be ready for download from April 15.

The five best entries will premiere on Sept. 27 at Sihlcity’s Arena Cinemas during a film music concert performed by the Zurcher Kammerorchester (ZKO) and the Zurich Jazz Orchestra (ZJO) under the musical direction of Andre Bellmont.

An international jury will choose the winning composition on the same evening.

Last year's competition during the 8th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) saw 145 composers from 27 countries enter a score for the Swiss animation film Evermore, with the nod going to Basel-born percussionist and composer Michael Kunstle.