The aim is to compose a new musical interpretation to the short film “Dans les Bois” (“In the Woods”). 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 17 October 2020.

The winner of the WDR FILMSCORE AWARD will have the opportunity to record an original composition with the WDR Funkhausorchester - for many young composers this could be their first opportunity to record with a large orchestra and begin filling out their filmscoring calling card.

The winner for the best SOUND DESIGN receive a 5.1 cinematic mix down in the prestigious Cologne-based sound mixing studio TORUS GmbH.



Closing date for the competition was March 1st, 2020 at 09:00am CET.

 

The contest is open to all active students in the fields of sound, music, and/or composition at a European film or music school (without age limit); or any young European creatives up to and including 30 years of age.

Short film “Dans les Bois” (France, 2018, 6.39 min)
Directed by: Salome Bertolone Lopez, Maxime Dartois, Marjorie Grindas, Zoe Guillet, Alissa Mazouz, and Rebecca Waehler

In the short movie “Dans les Bois” a little cow finds her way out of her captivity on a farm with the help of a little squirrel. But newly won freedom in the forest has its risks.

Winner WDR Filmscore Award: Fabian Zeidler

'A varied and sensitive score, that does not overpower the story and also uses silence effectively. In the wolf’s house, the way the playful “lounge” piano gives way to the score is an example of the skill and imagination in this composition. Congratulations.'

Winner Best Sound Design: Sinan Varis

'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: 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.'

Jury 2020
 Stephen Warbeck (president of the jury)

Stephen Warbeck (president of the jury)

President of the Jury, composer

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Stephen Warbeck (president of the jury)

 Gordon Hamilton

Gordon Hamilton

Composer and conductor

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Gordon Hamilton

Maya Lavelle

Maya Lavelle

Director, composer, singer-songwriter

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Maya Lavelle

Diego Baldenweg

Diego Baldenweg

Composer, Co-founder of Great Garbo

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Diego Baldenweg

Nominees 2020
Francesco Berta

Francesco Berta

Composer, Italy

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Francesco Berta

SCORE

Ben Falkenroth-Steinbach

Ben Falkenroth-Steinbach

Creative Producer, Germany

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Ben Falkenroth-Steinbach

SCORE

Georgios Georgopoulos

Georgios Georgopoulos

Student, Germany

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Georgios Georgopoulos

SCORE

Thérence Guillerme

Thérence Guillerme

Student, France

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Thérence Guillerme

SCORE

Nick Harbourne

Nick Harbourne

Composer, UK

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Nick Harbourne

SOUNDDESIGN

Gary Hirche

Gary Hirche

Composer, Germany

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Gary Hirche

SCORE

Dennis Le Rose

Dennis Le Rose

Composer, Italy

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Dennis Le Rose

SCORE

Benjamin Löfberg

Benjamin Löfberg

Student, Sweden

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Benjamin Löfberg

SOUND DESIGN

Yin Lu

Yin Lu

Student, China

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Yin Lu

SCORE

Raphael Pereira

Raphael Pereira

Sound Designer, France

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Raphael Pereira

SCORE & SOUND DESIGN

Dilan Safari

Dilan Safari

Student, Germany

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Dilan Safari

SCORE

Dennis Tjiok

Dennis Tjiok

Student, Germany

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Dennis Tjiok

SCORE

Sinan Varis

Sinan Varis

Sound designer, France

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Sinan Varis

SOUND DESIGN

Leo Wang

Leo Wang

Student, Germany

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Leo Wang

SOUND DESIGN

Fabian Zeidler

Fabian Zeidler

Student, Germany

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Fabian Zeidler

SCORE

Dominik Zingler

Dominik Zingler

Student, Germany

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Dominik Zingler

SOUND DESIGN