French pianist and composer Laurent Courbier is the winner of the second International Film Music Competition, which took place during the 9th Zurich Film Festival on 27 September 2013 at Arena Cinema 5 in Zurich. Courbier received the Golden Eye ‘Best International Film Music 2013’ endowed with a 10 000 Swiss franc cash prize.


The jury chose the winner from the five finalists


Laurent Courbier (France)
Aaron Kenny (Australia)
Felipe Senna (Brazil)
Nathan Stornetta (Switzerland)
Jan Torkewitz (Germany)


The shortlisted five were chosen from over 100 participants from 25 countries. Entrants were asked to score the short film Reign of Death by Matthew Savage.



The award ceremony took place during a film music concert by the Zurich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Jazz Orchestra under the musical direction of André Bellmont with the performance of soundtrack excerpts from legendary screen classics and blockbusters. The concert also saw the performance of ‘Crime Suite’, a medley created especially for this ZFF event using the opening themes of famous thrillers and crime series. The detailled concert programme can be downloaded here


Members of the evening jury Members of the nomination jury
Carlos Leal (actor and rapper)    Pepe Lienhard (bandleader)
Pepe Lienhard (bandleader) Rolf Lyssy (film director)
Rolf Lyssy (film director) Matthew Savage (director of Reign of Death)
Peter Scherer (film music composer)    Peter Scherer (film music composer)
Peter Thomas (film music composer) Peter Thomas (film music composer)


The International Film Music Competition was first introduced in 2012 and its venue alternates between the Tonhalle Zürich and one of the festival cinemas. The competition is a collaboration between the Zurich Film Festival and Forum Filmmusik. In 2014 it will be carried out with the Tonhalle Orchestra for the second time.

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