In 2020, SoundTrack_Cologne 17 will again present the PEER RABEN MUSIC AWARD for the best music in a short film and cordially invites film composers* and filmmakers* to submit their short films with their original compositions.

The award, first presented in 2009, commemorates the great German film composer Peer Raben, from whose estate the prize money of 1,500 euros is donated.

The award will be given to film scores with innovative and dramaturgically coherent use of music and sound in relation to narration.


The closing date for the competition was March 2, 2020.


Short films can be submitted whose production was completed after 1 July 2018 or which were premiered after 1 July 2018 Films with a maximum length of 15 minutes in all industry standard formats will be considered. There are no restrictions regarding country of production, genre or content. However, the film must be predominantly with original music.

The nominees of the competition should be present at the screening of the films on Saturday, 25 April 2020 and will be presented to the audience and the jury. The award ceremony will take place during the official Gala on the same evening.


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Yes, your film must have a maximum length of 15 minutes, including credits.

Yes, we accepts re-scored films if they fulfil our conditions of participation. You have to be in hold of all rights of the film.

Yes, your film will be eligible for submission with re-interpreted soundtracks.

No, unfortunately we do not accept soundtracks without image.

Yes, you can submit as many films as you want.

Only short films whose production was completed after July 1st, 2018, or which had their premiere after July 1st, 2018, are eligible for submission. 

Yes, in general you are free to submit VR films, but if it would be chosen for the short list, we can only show it in a standard way with beamer or on an LED screen.

Nothing, the submission is free.