Film Music Competition


One film – five musical experiences – one winner

Once a year the Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich collaborate with the Forum Filmmusik to present the International Film Music Competition.

Composers of any age, any nationality and any domicile who have not set more than 3 feature films (longer than 60 minutes) to music are eligible to participate.

The competition requires entrants to compose a brand new score for a short film of about 5 minutes. The film is selected in advance by the organisers and made available for download.

Five finalists will be invited to Zurich for the premiere of their compositions. These are performed live in front of a public audience by the renowned Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. An annually changing international jury of experts chooses the winning composition on the same night, and awards the Golden Eye for "Best International Film Music" endowed with a CHF 10'000 cash prize.

8th International Film Music Competition 2019

We are busy preparing the 8th International Film Music Competition 2019. More details will be published here around February 2019. The competition concert will take place on September 28, 2019 at Tonhalle Maag.

7th International Film Music Competition 2018


This year’s International Film Music Competition asked entrants to score HAPPINESS. This short animation film by the renowned London-based illustrator Steve Cutts has garnered over 1.2 million plays on Vimeo in just three months and has been selected to receive its ‘Best of the Year’ accolade. HAPPINESS tells the story of a rodent's relentless search for happiness and fulfilment in a consumer-driven society.

JURY 2018

Cliff Martinez
(film music composer / USA / Jury President)

Frank Strobel
(conductor, musician / Germany)

Christine Aufderhaar
(film music composer, musician / Switzerland)

Sabine Gisiger
(film director / Switzerland)


Sebastian Androne-Nakanishi *Winner*

Baptiste Cathelin

Juan J. Ochoa

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