IFMC Summer 2022 Registration
- Opportunity to win more than 13,000€ worth of prizes
- You won’t be judged by criteria like mixing and mastering or the quality of the sound.
- The Judges will look only at the creative ideas you use to tell the story of this film
- Optional individual feedback by experienced professionals (Feedback Examples)
- You can choose between two different films (ca. 2:30 min. each) to score or just do both by using multiple submissions/entries
- You’ll get a download link for the films with only sound effects and a script
- Submit a recording of your composition, we don’t need written scores. An audio export from Musescore for example would be more than enough.
- You’ll get your own account to submit your composition with a short comment for the judges to explain your approach, see when your submission has been reviewed, view your feedback and how you ranked in the competition
- You retain full ownership of your music and can share it wherever you want
- Any type/genre of music can be used to score this film and there are no limitations regarding the instruments or sounds you can use
- You will receive a verifiable Participation/Winner Certificate with your placement in the competition
Upon registration, you will find more details on the exact judging criteria and everything else you need to know on your account page.
If you have any open questions check our FAQs below.
Registration: July 8th, 2022
Submission: July 15th, 2022, 8 pm CET
The fee is split into three parts the Base Fee which you only have to pay once, the Entry Fee for each Entry you want to submit, and the Feedback Fee for each feedback you want to receive.
Entry and Submission basically mean the same thing. For each additional entry, you can submit one more film with your music. For each additional feedback, one of your submissions will get feedback so if you have 2 entries for example and 1 feedback, one of your submissions will get feedback but the other one not.
When you later submit your film there is a box that you can check to decide if you want to receive feedback for that submission and you can also see on that page how many entries/submissions you have left and how many you can still use.
You can also always add other entries and feedback later.
This time we want to try something new by letting you choose between two completely different films to score. Both of them are entered in the same competition which means that it’s theoretically possible although unlikely for all the finalists to have chosen the same film. Nevertheless, it’s fair because the judges don’t compare submissions with each other to determine who becomes finalists but they give points in different criteria that can be applied to both of the films.
We, unfortunately, can’t make the films publicly available again as we did the last time because legally we’re not technically allowed to. All participants of the competition are allowed to use the film in the context of the competition and also share it online with credits to the original creators and making it clear that it was created in the context of this competition. However, we only have the right to give our participants the right to use it and if we make it publically available, anyone can use it. We didn’t realize this wasn’t 100% legal before and since we narrowly avoided some legal trouble we just want to be extra careful. It’s a bit complicated and we’re working on finding a way around it but need to make 100% sure we can do it beforehand.
After the competition, you will now receive a verifiable certificate with your placement in the competition.
Verifiable means that there is a code on the certificate that can be entered on our website which will then verify its authenticity. So you can easily prove that you successfully entered the competition and achieved a specific placement and anyone who sees your certificate (if you put it on your website for example) can confirm that it’s real.
The reason why we can not make it free for you is that there are 5 Judges and our team that put a lot of time and work into this and we think everyone in this industry agrees that working for free is not cool. Especially our highly qualified judges deserve appropriate compensation.
In addition to that, there are costs like website hosting and development, marketing, the cash prizes, etc. All of this is quite expensive and there is no other company behind this that can use it as marketing for their brand/products or something.
The money needs to come somewhere so we have to charge everyone a fee to participate but because of this, we are only dedicated to making this contest the best possible experience for everyone that we think is worth the cost and we don’t have to pursue any other goals under which the quality of the contest could suffer like any free competition!
This for example also allows us to offer you opportunities like the personal feedback which you won’t get in any other competition. Moreover, we guarantee that every submission is evaluated by our judges and not by any other inexperienced panel which is done in most competitions to lower the costs.
If you can not afford it that’s ok and we understand that. We just hope that you can also understand that we too can not afford to make it free even though everyone deserves to compete.
We’re also trying to find ways to lower our costs so we can lower the fee for you in the future. So if you can’t participate this time maybe it will be possible the next time.
If you are currently 23 years or older, join the standard competition. If you are currently under the age of 23 you can choose which one you would like to join. The young one has fewer participants and therefore less competition but the standard one has slightly better prizes. In the rare case that you are 22 now but turn 23 until the winners are announced you are also allowed to choose and the moment you register will count.
You can find the winners of our previous contests on this page: https://indiefilmmusiccontest.com/previous-competitions/
We’re hosting the competition twice a year with one summer and one winter edition.
The “Indie” is short for independent. The contest is for independent film composers and it also is independently organized which means that there is no other company behind this. We’re hosting the contest just for its own sake with no other motives.
After you registered go on your account page and click on the “Contest” button. Then you will be redirected to your contest page. There you’ll find instructions for the contest including the download link. This is also where you can submit your composition and find the results after the competition ends.
You can also just click on this link (https://indiefilmmusiccontest.com/submission/) but be aware that if you’re not logged in and haven’t registered already you’ll be redirected to the registration page.
Everyone who registered with the feedback option will be able to see the feedback in their accounts the moment we announce the winners of the competition.