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EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION

The aim is to compose a new musical interpretation to the short film "Mall" (D: Jerry Hoffmann). Candidates can either compose the score or produce the sound design to the film. They may also work together and apply as a combined composer/sound designer team.

We wish to particularly encourage sound designers to apply to the competition!

The twelve finalists will be presented with their works to the audience and the jury at SoundTrack_Cologne. The competition screening and the award gala will take place on November 20, 2021.

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Short film "Mall"

Germany, 2019, 07.03 min

Directed by Jerry Hoffmann

Synopsis:
The introverted Didi is out with his man dominated family in a Megastore. His hyper-masculine father Jörg is fully occupied with repressing the chaos of the other two boys, while Didi walks around alone to find himself in the toy section. The storage racks are sorted strictly by gender: boys toys on the one side, girls stuff on the other. But Didi only has eyes for one side of the racks. When the family finally wants to leave the store through the security gates, an alarm goes off! Didi secretly stole a mermaid doll. His father Jörg doesn’t think that this is funny at all. His son steals toys for girls now?

Nominees 2021
Mariana Calegari

Mariana Calegari

Composer, Brazil

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Mariana Calegari

SCORE

Lorenzo Gioelli

Lorenzo Gioelli

Musician, Italy

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Lorenzo Gioelli

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Francesco Giubasso

Francesco Giubasso

Musician, Italy

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Francesco Giubasso

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Max Glass

Max Glass

Student, Germany

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Max Glass

SOUNDDESIGN

Benjamin Guigue-Rodet

Benjamin Guigue-Rodet

Musician, France

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Benjamin Guigue-Rodet

SCORE

Andrea Guzzoletti

Andrea Guzzoletti

Musician, Italy

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Andrea Guzzoletti

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Dhruv Jindal

Dhruv Jindal

Sound Designer, India

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Dhruv Jindal

SOUNDDESIGN

Julius Jonker

Julius Jonker

Student, Netherlands

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Julius Jonker

SCORE

Ana Krstajic

Ana Krstajic

Composer, Serbia

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Ana Krstajic

SCORE

Marco Matrone

Marco Matrone

Student, Italy

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Marco Matrone

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Ludwig Peter Müller

Ludwig Peter Müller

Sound Designer, Germany

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Ludwig Peter Müller

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Gaia Olino

Gaia Olino

Sound Designer, Italy

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Gaia Olino

SOUND DESIGN

Stefano Patrizio

Stefano Patrizio

Musician, Italy

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Stefano Patrizio

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Ricardo Pettinà

Ricardo Pettinà

Musician, Italy

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Ricardo Pettinà

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Thomas Peyrounette

Thomas Peyrounette

Composer, France

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Thomas Peyrounette

SCORE

Tobias Alexander Ratka

Tobias Alexander Ratka

Composer, Austria

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Tobias Alexander Ratka

SCORE

Maximilian Sattler

Maximilian Sattler

Composer/ Sound Designer, Germany

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Maximilian Sattler

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Gennaro Savarese

Gennaro Savarese

Student, Italy

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Gennaro Savarese

SOUND DESIGN

Clovis Schneider

Clovis Schneider

Composer, France

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Clovis Schneider

SCORE

Flavio Senatore

Flavio Senatore

Student, Italy

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Flavio Senatore

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Martyna Staszczyk

Martyna Staszczyk

Student, Poland

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Martyna Staszczyk

SCORE

Alessandro Stocco

Alessandro Stocco

Musician, Italy

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Alessandro Stocco

SCORE, SOUNDDESIGN

Thèo Tsangary

Thèo Tsangary

Student, France

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Thèo Tsangary

SOUND DESIGN

Leo Wang

Leo Wang

Student, Germany

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Leo Wang

SOUND DESIGN

Jury 2021
Alex Komlew

Alex Komlew

Alex Komlew (*1981) is a composer, producer and songwriter for cinema, TV and the record industry, working in his studios in Munich and Berlin.

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Alex Komlew

Barbara Krämer

Barbara Krämer

Barbara Krämer is project manager with focus on film music at Bavaria Sonor music publisher.

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Barbara Krämer

Flemming Nordkrog

Flemming Nordkrog

Flemming Nordkrog is a Danish composer based in France.  Winner of HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award and winner of the Danish Award Carl Prisen 2021 for his score for Mathias Mariani's ‘Shine your Eyes’.

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Flemming Nordkrog

Michael Seal

Michael Seal

Michael Seal is the Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

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Michael Seal

Jef Van Even

Jef Van Even

Jef works at „Chaussee Soundvision GmbH“ soundstudio for film & TV (former „SoundVision GmbH“) in Cologne, Germany since 2008.

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Jef Van Even

FAQ • European Talent Competition

Yes, as long as you are an active student in the field of sound design/sound and/or composition at an European film and/or music school, there is no age limit.

It is possible to submit more than one project, but they need to differ in every creative aspect from each other. This means that you can’t use the same sound design with just different music on it.

We prefer common filehosting-services like Dropbox, MyAirBridge or WeTransfer. It is important that we do not have to register on a page in order to download the file and that the download link does not expire until the end of the festival.

Yes, you can enter the contest as a team, even if several people worked on sound design/music only. If you worked in a team, you have to upload the movie with music and sound design of you and your partner and an mp3 file with your work only. If you worked as a team of composer and sound designer, please include your part of the work as additional MP3 file (e.g. if you composed the score, the MP3 should contain the score only. If you did the sound design, the MP3 should contain the sound mix only).

If you don't have the possibilities to use real instruments, sound libraries are fine.

You can choose if you want to compose the music, do the sound design or do both. There will be no disadvantages if you only do one of them, because there will be two different prizes for both, music and sound design.

If you are not European, you must at least study at a European school.

Winner WDR Filmscore Award 2021: Ludwig Peter Müller

This work left us with the feeling that something special was happening while we watched it. It’s journey from humour to pathos was special in that it was created from minimal instrumental means. Additionally, by just changing the tempo of the drumset, effective and unexpected emotional narrative impact was provided, and it was the film we all wanted to see again and again.

Winner Best Sound Design 2021: Maximilian Sattler

'This is an inspiring and convincing piece of work, always serving the story with sensitivity and wit. The sound design is full of contrasts and the space is beautifully created.'

Honorary Mention 2020: Yin Lu

'This is an impressive piece of work, instrumentally and harmonically rich, and every dramatic moment is matched by the music. The shimmering opening is beautiful, and the music unfolds from there in a very organic way. He shows great skill in harmony and orchestration.'