The music behind your favourite movies, TV shows, theatre shows or even video games is such a crucial element of the whole project and can often make or break the show. However I wonder how many of you take the time to check out who the composer or performer of the music actually is? The good people at FMC – Film Music Contest are well aware of the importance of music to the success of an entertainment project and have created a contest to honour and acknowledge the wonderful musicians who contribute so much enjoyment to our lives through their compositions.
FMC 2021 is a unique international music competition and awards and one of the largest competitions of its kind in Europe. This year the competition is expanding into Asia and has now opened online registration for 2021 competition categories. Composers have another opportunity to showcase their talent in an international competitive environment
For the first time in the competition’s history, there will be 7 contest categories:
1. Music for Film, TV, Ads, Video games
2. Instrumental Music (popular and regular contest category). The competition is for Composers, Soloists, Instrumentalists, Chamber Groups (of any kind) Ensembles and Orchestras.
The competition is unrestricted, and musicians and players who play a classical instrument such as brass (trumpet, trombone and baritone), piano, classical guitar, cello, clarinet, double bass, flute, violin or viola or any special cultural instrument may enter the competition.
Only original music compositions and works with a maximum length of six minutes may be entered in the competition.
3. Film Score for the Animated Sci-Fi film “To the Pathfinders of the universe” This film is a sequel to the successful film scoring category, where composers and sound designers will be able to compose an original composition for this visionary work.
4. Theatre Music
5. Trailer Music for professional travel documentary film about Iceland will be a new category. The task will be the same for everyone. To compose music for the travel documentary “The Way of Inspiration Iceland” in length 3:47.
6. Music for Video game HIND. If you have ever wanted to enter the world of video games and contribute to its success and attractiveness with your music, now is your chance. Compose music or sound design for one mission of the professional action video game ‘Air Missions HIND’
7. Films, TV series, Videos with original music.
Importantly and unlike some music competitions, the FMC contestant is the sole owner of his composition and also owns all of the Copyrights.
So what can you win by entering?
More than 58,000 Euros in prizes are up for grabs, offered by prestigious event partners such as : PSPaudioware, Native Instruments, D16 Group Audio Software and more. The annual FMC competition is also a great opportunity for unknown composers to get their works heard. Not only are there great physical and monetary prizes but winners can also enjoy media coverage from music and film magazines and websites from around the world. And by entering, you are contributing to the greater good of the industry.
“FMC 2021 is organised by the non-profit GONG art company. All entry fees from the contest help support new Children and Youth musical talents, future composers and activities for them. I am pleased that some of the winners are actively working in Hollywood and collaborating on different film, video game projects like previous winners Michael Firmont or Yi Zhang etc.” said FMC Director Vlado Zeleznak JR.
And who will be judging the entries?
FMC has entrusted an elite group of professionals to oversee the entries. Judges will hail from the EU, USA, Asia and Australia, made up of representatives from the music and film business who actively work for national TV broadcasters, the largest Asian and Hollywood film studios, cultural or theatre institutions, agencies as well as for Netflix. The list of jury members include names such as:
Vlado Meller (USA) a two-time GRAMMY Award winner. Vlado has been a mastering engineer for his entire 43-year career in the recording industry. Just a small sampling of his credits cut across multiple genres of music, including rock, hip hop, pop, jazz, metal, dance, opera, Broadway and classical. Artists that Vlado Meller has mastered include: Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Cash, Celine Dion, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Metallica, George Michael, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Shakira, etc.
Roc Chen (China) is one of the biggest names in China’s film, television and video game industries. He scored over 200 projects both within and beyond China’s borders. He has worked with major Chinese and Hollywood film studios such as Dreamworks, Disney, Universal, Wanda, and China Film Group. He wrote scores for The Wandering Earth (China’s first sci-fi blockbuster. The film grossed $700 million worldwide).
Adam Balazs (Hungary) is a multi-award-winning film composer with a body of work that includes more than 50 feature films and over 800 episodes for television. He composed music for the 2017 Academy Award-winning short film ‘Sing’ and the 2018 Golden-Bear Winner and Academy-Award nominated feature ‘On Body and Soul’.
Australian musicians … has your music always been kind of cinematic? Always dreamed of scoring a film or TV show? Well here is your opportunity to introduce your music to the world and in doing so, be in the running for some great prizes too. For a small registration fee, your music dreams could come true.
Registration forms for all categories can be found on the official website www.fmcontest.com
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Along with the opening of the competition, FMC 2021’s official video trailer was also unveiled: