V. Soundtracks/Sound Design


This genre includes film soundtracks and audio design works and covers work done for films as well as radio plays, sound design work as well as orchestral and vocal musical compositions.


The following may be submitted

  • "Complete" works (e.g. short films with music or sound),
  • Pieces of music on their own or sound works on their own which inspire the making of a film or writing of a manuscript, screenplay, etc.,
  • Audio design works,

1. Categories

  • Amateur composers (children, young people, adults)
  • Trainee composers (including those still studying) and professional composers

2. Form

  • Audio file of approx. 5 to 15 minutes (max.),
  • Maximum file size 1 GB,
  • Entries to be submitted as MP3 files,
  • In the event of winning a prize/a special recognition, the participant is to provide a version in broadcast quality (on DVD if requested),

3. Topics

Participants can select as many topics as they wish but may only submit 3 (three) works.

The topics outlined below are intended as a stimulus to engage the participant "musically and in terms of sound-dramaturgy" with the main idea of the contest.

V.1.  "Cinema in your head" – a self-designed scenario, a basic idea (e.g. dialogues, telling a story, a plot, etc.) with a soundtrack


V.2.  Music which arouses feelings


V.3.  "Violence" expressed by means of music (e.g. strength and force, threat, war, destruction)


V.4.  "Get something going"
(focus on rhythm, rousing, promoting movement, dance-like, etc.)


V.5.  A blend of electronic and classical


V.6.  An exploration of style


V.7.  Music and space (explanatory example: "AVATAR," 2009)


V.8.  Contrasts


V.9.  Drama and tragedy – pain, suffering, grief, despair, the finality of death and similar themes
[explanatory examples: "Once upon a time in the West" (1968), "Hair" (1979), "Out of Africa" (1985),
"Platoon" (1986), "The English patient" (1996), "Amadeus" (2002), "The Chorus" (French: Les choristes) (2004),
among others]


V.10.  My hit


V.11.  Free  topic
For V.11. participants can submit work which addresses the main idea of violence prevention in a different way to those described above.


4. Conditions of participation 

  • Submissions must be uploaded to the digital database by participants,
  • The work must not be listed by GEMA,
  • Amateur composers and "trainee composers" must describe the topic of the work,
  • An English translation must be provided for every work submitted with German spoken dialogue and
    vice-versa (in the event of an award/recognition, the translator will be included),
  • In the event of winning a prize/a special recognition, participants must provide a CV,
  • In the event of winning a prize/a special recognition, participants must provide submit the score,
  • Participants must also complete a separate entry form in writing to enter the competition,
  • The organisers’ decision is final. There is no recourse to legal action.


Closing date for entries: 10  July 2013

We recommend uploading works to the database at least four days before the closing date
and mailing the written entry
form (PDF) in good time.