The 5th International Film Music Competition will take place during the 12th Zurich Film Festival (22 September – 2 October 2016) and is organised by Zurich Film Festival, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich and Forum Filmmusik. Participants are invited to score the approximately 6-minute short film AN OBJECT AT REST by Seth Boyden for symphony orchestra.


The five best compositions will be world-premiered by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the baton of Frank Strobel during a film music concert in the Zurich Tonhalle on 23 September 2016. On the same evening, the winner will be chosen by an international expert jury and awarded the Golden Eye “Best International Film Music 2016” endowed with CHF 10 000.


A download link for the short film to be scored can be requested here. Registration and upload of competition documents (application form, MP3 file, and score) can be done here. The submission deadline is 3 June 2016.


Composers of any age, nationality and place of residence who haven’t scored nor orchestrated more than three feature films (longer than 60 minutes) are eligible to enter. The competition entry fee is € 75. The detailed terms and conditions of the competition can be downloaded here.