Berlin International Film Scoring Competition

BIFSC offers emerging Film Composers the platform to showcase their work and compete to receive multiple Awards

Berlin International Film Scoring Competition 2021


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A cinematic poem about the world-changing power of invention



This is a no-sound version of the film 

When you participate in the competition you will receive the film with original Sound Design

In this breathtaking science fiction spectacle, a strange mechanical device lands on a desolate world and uses the planet to undergo a startling transformation, that has profound implications for an entire galaxy.


Director / Screen Play / Producer: Richard Mans 

Music: Rhian Sheehan


BIFSC is open to composers of all ages and nationalities. The process is simple: A short film of no longer than 5 minutes in total duration is given to the participants in high resolution. Each composer will have to compose the original music for the film. The composition must be solely original to the composer. A judging panel of renowned professionals from the film industry will review the submissions and vote for up to 10 finalists and 3 Prize Winners.



Don't miss a deadline

This is your time table for the Berlin International Film Scoring Competition 2021, plan ahead and deliver on time


15th of October - 15th of December

Early Bird Deadline:

15 October 2020 - 14 November 2020

30 Euros

Regular Deadline:

15 November 2020- 15 December 2020

40 Euros

Film sent to participants

After Registration

Each participant will receive the selected film in high resolution to score the music for the competition. Additionally, the participants will receive 3 Audio Files of Original Sound Design to select from and use with their music. The Sound Design is created by the Winners of the Berlin International Sound Design Competition! 

Deadline day

15th of January 2021
18.00 pm GMT

This is your day. Time to deliver your music on film and celebrate!

Finalists Announced

7th of February 2021

Up to 10 finalists will be announced

Each finalist will receive a diploma for their achievement to be selected in the 10 best Original Scores at the BIFSC

1st of March 2021

3 Award Winners will be announced. 

2021 Awards List

Overall Winner

1st Runner-up

2nd Runner-up




Compose a Winning Score

Complete the form below to Register for the

Berlin International Film Scoring Competition 2021

There is a 3 Euro additional Fee when registering through Paypal charged by BIFSC. 

If you prefer to register via bank transfer please use the contact form below.

Upon Registration, you will receive

1. An email confirming your registration together with the competition materials.

(This is an automatic email and you should receive it within a few minutes. Please make sure to check

your Promotion and Spam folder as well! ) 

2. The film Abiogenesis

2. Three (3) Audio Files with original Sound Design

created by the Winners of the Berlin International Sound Design Competition 

(You will be able to choose which of the three Sound Designs you prefer to use with your music.)




Fredi Devas

Filmaker / Producer

Primetime Emmy nominee Dr. Fredi Devas is a wildlife filmmaker who cares deeply about the natural world and the challenges it faces. Having worked on Meerkat Manor and Nick Baker’s Weird Creatures, he joined the BBC to work on Frozen Planet and then Wild Arabia. On Planet Earth II he decided to leave the wildernesses behind to produce and direct.

Lesley Jackson

Composer Agent

Lesley established UK Film Music in March 2019 following several years representing and managing prominent and award-winning composers from the UK and mainland Europe. With a career history including international marketing and the Visual Arts, Lesley is keen to bring a different approach to representation.

Michalis Lapidakis


Michalis is a composer, Professor of Composition at the Aristotle University and the Head of the New Music Lab. He studied along side great musical minds of the 20th century

such as O. Messiaen, W. P. Boulez, T. Takemitsu, and I. Xenakis

Mihali Paleologou


Mihali Palaeologou is a composer. His award-winning music has been performed in Europe, USA, Japan, China and Australia. He is a passionate Film Music educator and conductor. Mihali is the Artistic Director of the Berlin International Film Scoring Competition and Founder of the

Fusion Film Scoring Workshops

Richard Mans

Filmmaker / Illustrator

I'm currently enjoying doodling and creating some art with ink on paper. The last few years I have been working for Puredepth as their lead HMI (Human Machine Interface) designer, mainly catering for the automotive industry. This tended to require a very clean minimal aesthetic. Doodling feels like the perfect counterpoint to rediscover some creativity

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