Germany-based Israeli composer Faris Badarni is the winner of the 4th International Film Music Competition, which took place during the 11th Zurich Film Festival on 25 September 2015 at Arena Cinema 5 in Zurich. Badarni received the Golden Eye ‘Best International Film Music 2015’ endowed with a 10 000 Swiss franc cash prize.
The jury chose the winner from the five finalists
Nicolas Alvarez (Japan/Colombia)
Faris Badarni (Germany/Israel)
Wonkyung Lee (South Korea)
Nico Maas (Germany)
Toby Sherriff (USA/Canada)
The shortlisted five were chosen from 137 participants from 28 countries. Entrants were asked to score the 6‑minute short film THE CONTROL MASTER by Run Wrake (1963–2012).
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 world premiere of the five nominees’ compositions. The concert also saw the performance of soundtrack excerpts from legendary science fiction classics and blockbusters.
The members of the jury were
Sabine Boss (film director)
Günther Fischer (film music composer and bandleader
Xavier Koller (film director)
Maggie Rodford (music supervisor)
Martin Tillman (film music composer and instrumentalist)
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 2016 it will be carried out with the Tonhalle Orchestra.