Berlin International Film Scoring Competition
BIFSC offers emerging Film Composers the platform to showcase their work and compete to receive multiple Awards
Registrations are now open for the
Berlin International Film Scoring Competition 2020
RULES & ELIGIBILITY
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.
A cinematic poem about the world-changing power of invention
This is a no-sound version of the film
Escape invites the audience to imagine and experience a joyous vision of the future. It is a story of persistence and passion that is intended to inspire individuals to never give up on their hopes and dreams.
After crash-landing on a desolate planet, a lone space explorer must find a way to make her new home habitable. The teenage heroine is an older version of the central character in our Emmy award–winning film, Silent, known there as “the Kid.” This intrepid character displays courage, passion, determination, and curiosity as she transforms the barren landscape she has found into a beautiful planet.
DIRECTORS: Limbert Fabian, Brandon Oldenburg
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Lampton Enochs, Vince Voron
PRODUCERS: Trish FarnsworthSmith, Angus McGilpin
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Wendell Riley
EDITOR: Calvin O’Neal Jr.
MUSIC by Imogen Heap
SOUND SCORE by Nick Ryan
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE by Alexis Michallek
AUDIO MIX TECHNICAL LEAD: Matt Desborough, Jurgen Scharpf
RERECORDING MIXER: Adam Daniels, Graham Daniels
SOUND SERVICES: Point 1 Post
Don't miss a deadline
This is your time table for the Berlin International Film Scoring Competition 2020, plan ahead and deliver on time
15th of October - 15th of December
Early Bird Deadline:
15 October 2019 - 14 November 2019
15 November 2019 - 15 December 2019
Film sent to participants
Each participant will receive the selected film in high resolution to score the music for the competition.
15th of January 2020
12.00 pm GMT
This is your day. Time to deliver your music on film and celebrate!
7th of February 2020
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 2020
3 Award Winners will be announced.
2020 Awards List
Cash Prize 500 Euros
Compose a Winning Score
Complete the registration form below and you will receive all the competition materials via email shortly after
There is an extra 3 Euro Fee charged by BIFSC for registering through paypal.
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Filmmaker - 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.
Michalis is an active 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
Director - Visual Artist
Maxim Zhestkov is a visual artist and motion designer based in Russia. He created and directed the film "Sputnik", selected for the first Berlin International Film Scoring Competition.
His main passions are animation, design and cinematography which he combines for clients around the globe including Adobe, Google, Microsoft, Fox, MTV, IDEO, BMW,
Mihali Palaeologou is a composer based in Berlin. 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 Fusion Film Scoring Workshops