Film Music Competition


The compositions of the International Film Music Competition finalists will be premiered during a celebratory concert evening at the Tonhalle Zurich. The subsequent film music concert is a melodious dedication to Hans Zimmer.

Wednesday, 1.10.2014, Tonhalle Grosser Saal, 19.00

Part I: Film Music Competition   

231 composers from 40 countries entered this year’s competition. Endowed with a CHF 10'000 cash prize, they were competing for the Golden Eye for Best International Film Music. Entrants were asked to compose a score for symphony orchestra to the six-minute short film MAXIMALL (FR 2010). The best five scores as chosen by a jury of renowned specialists will be premiered on this evening by the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of Frank Strobel. The jury will announce the winner on the same evening.


Dominik Giesriegl (Austria)
Lidia Kalendareva & Alin Cristian Opera (Germany/Russia/Rumania)
Matteo Pagamici (Switzerland)
Leeran Raphaely (USA)
Richard Ruzicka (Germany)

Jury: Frank Strobel, Axel Tillement, Marcel Barsotti, Guy Farley, Bettina Oberli

Part II: Film Music Concert

with Hans Zimmer and presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award

German-born Hans Zimmer is one of the most innovative, creative and celebrated film music composers and producers of our time. He has composed music for over 100 films. Having already earned numerous awards, amongst them an Academy Award (for THE LION KING), he is now set to receive the ZFF’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Made up of various scores by and in honour of Hans Zimmer, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich will perform a concert created specially for this occasion. The programme comprises excerpts from such films as GLADIATOR, THE LION KING and INCEPTION. This will be immediately followed by the conferring of the honorary award to Hans Zimmer.

The International Film Music Competition is organised by ZFF, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and Forum Filmmusik.

Tickets are available at:, or directly from the Tonhalle.