IFMC Summer 2022 Registration

The Indie Film Music Contest is open worldwide to all nationalities and ages. Here are the details in a nutshell:
  • 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.

Deadlines:
Registration: July  8th, 2022
Submission: July 15th, 2022, 8 pm CET

Reviews

Mannuel Santiago Cuadros
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The contest for me was a great experience to improve my composer habilities, I'm totally encouraged to participate again. Loved the way you got me feedback and that motivates me to keep working in future contests. This was my first participation in a contest about film music so I'd like to participate more. The only thing I saw is that the cost for signing into the contest, it is kinda expensive, especially for people like me, from Latin America.
Zare
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I just want to thank you for the opportunity to make this score. for me it was fun and enjoy and opportunity to learn and progress in writing music.Since this is my second score I didn’t mind the negative feedback because I know my limitations and problems and I think that the feedback is great and that I can learn something from it. Thank you 🙏
Timothy G.
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I appreciate the amount of care the organizers are putting into making this a unique type of composer competition.
Raimundo
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My feedback was really detailed, i really enjoyed that. I can understand that some composers may feel that was harsh, but i feel it was well intentioned, so no problem with that. Great experience overall, i didn't win but learned a lot.
Reuben
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It was a brilliant experience for a first-time film composer, I would definitely do it again
Bao
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It was such a big pleasure to create a score for the Caminandes LImaigos. I look forward to scoring more films from your place. My passion for film music composing would strongly stay until the end of my life. it is one of the most important and obvious reasons why I would like to be a composer.
Rob Burnley
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Overall a fun contest - taught me loads about scoring a complex piece. Loved the individual feedback and wish more contests would have this option.
Tim
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I thought this was a brilliant competition, great fun and gave me an opportunity to write my very first film score. Now that I know I can do it I would definitely enter again, running it twice a year sounds a great idea. See you next time!
Ryan Thomson
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Really enjoyed the contest, was very difficult but learned so much from it and the feedback from the judge was very helpful. I like that the feedback was brutally honest so it helps me improve for next time.
Shawyee
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I think this kind of contest is golden for every young composer out there. Thank you!
Fredrik
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Thanks for handling the feedback well. I got a good feedback so I'm happy about that even if I wish I was a finalist haha. Everyone does. Anyway I was grateful for the opportunity and I think you did a good job.
Duncan Hall
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Hey IFMC Crew, I had such a blast working on the summer edition of this contest and am sad to say that I registered but did not end up entering in the winter iteration. Nonetheless, I greatly appreciate the opportunity you have created here and am really looking forward to where this goes. Keep up the great work and I'll see you soon for the next exciting contest!
kweidmann
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Big fan of this contest. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Sebastian Aeberhard
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A great contest which offers a great opportunity for composers of all fields and age. It was a lot of fun.
Eleanor
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I really enjoyed the opportunity and loved the animation we were given. I read the apology email so I do completely understand the difficulties you faced with one of the judges. I was one of the people who felt that the feedback was very negative and didn't quite fit your ethos of beginner composers, and understanding our limitations in scoring and orchestrating capabilities. However still very much enjoyed the experience and you were great at getting back to me when I had any questions.
Isaac Morgan
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It was an amazing experience.
Darko Pavor
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Thanks for the opportunity. You're the best.
Duncan Hall
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I think the contest was very well put together, kudos to the team! I loved the concept and amount of free reign that was given to each contestant. I especially liked the regulation that said something along the lines of 'we will not judge by audio quality, but rather by the ideas presented.' All in all, I really enjoyed the contest and I can't wait to participate next year! Keep up the great work!
Will Maupin
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I really enjoyed the contest and felt my judge did a good job of giving thoughtful feedback - I got much more than expected. My one qualm was that he said during the flight scene the llama was worried so the music should match. I did not entirely read this scene the way he described which would be fine (perhaps I misunderstood it!) if any of the winners had done what he described. The fact that none of the winners or finalists had music matching his description seemed odd to me. Otherwise a very valuable experience that I was happy to take part in and receive criticism on!
Esteban Rodriguez
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The contest was really good. Not only did it give me something to work on, but it also challenged me as an artist because I’ve never worked on anything like this. Its ever so important to push artists and composers out of their comfort zone, whether it be stylistically or via feedback. I’ll most likely be participating next time. Thank you for the opportunity.
Jonathan Calvello
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Thank you so much for putting together this contest. I had a lot of fun doing it, learned what it's like to score a film, and got the chance to make something I'm proud of. I look forward to the opportunity to try this again in the future. Thank you!
Tristan Harris
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This contest was such a great experience. As a composer at the beginning of your career, it’s hard to get recognition for your work without the expensive equipment. This is a fun, communizing building way to do that!
Ryley
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Pretty great overall!
KTG
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Keep it up!
Ben Roberts
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This contest was very well put together. It seemed very open to everyone regardless of skill level, and created an opportunity to put music to a film that some people don't normally have a chance to do. Overall an incredibly friendly experience to young composers like myself.
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Reviews

Mannuel Santiago Cuadros
Read More
The contest for me was a great experience to improve my composer habilities, I'm totally encouraged to participate again. Loved the way you got me feedback and that motivates me to keep working in future contests. This was my first participation in a contest about film music so I'd like to participate more. The only thing I saw is that the cost for signing into the contest, it is kinda expensive, especially for people like me, from Latin America.
Zare
Read More
I just want to thank you for the opportunity to make this score. for me it was fun and enjoy and opportunity to learn and progress in writing music.Since this is my second score I didn’t mind the negative feedback because I know my limitations and problems and I think that the feedback is great and that I can learn something from it. Thank you 🙏
Timothy G.
Read More
I appreciate the amount of care the organizers are putting into making this a unique type of composer competition.
Raimundo
Read More
My feedback was really detailed, i really enjoyed that. I can understand that some composers may feel that was harsh, but i feel it was well intentioned, so no problem with that. Great experience overall, i didn't win but learned a lot.
Reuben
Read More
It was a brilliant experience for a first-time film composer, I would definitely do it again
Bao
Read More
It was such a big pleasure to create a score for the Caminandes LImaigos. I look forward to scoring more films from your place. My passion for film music composing would strongly stay until the end of my life. it is one of the most important and obvious reasons why I would like to be a composer.
Rob Burnley
Read More
Overall a fun contest - taught me loads about scoring a complex piece. Loved the individual feedback and wish more contests would have this option.
Tim
Read More
I thought this was a brilliant competition, great fun and gave me an opportunity to write my very first film score. Now that I know I can do it I would definitely enter again, running it twice a year sounds a great idea. See you next time!
Ryan Thomson
Read More
Really enjoyed the contest, was very difficult but learned so much from it and the feedback from the judge was very helpful. I like that the feedback was brutally honest so it helps me improve for next time.
Shawyee
Read More
I think this kind of contest is golden for every young composer out there. Thank you!
Fredrik
Read More
Thanks for handling the feedback well. I got a good feedback so I'm happy about that even if I wish I was a finalist haha. Everyone does. Anyway I was grateful for the opportunity and I think you did a good job.
Duncan Hall
Read More
Hey IFMC Crew, I had such a blast working on the summer edition of this contest and am sad to say that I registered but did not end up entering in the winter iteration. Nonetheless, I greatly appreciate the opportunity you have created here and am really looking forward to where this goes. Keep up the great work and I'll see you soon for the next exciting contest!
kweidmann
Read More
Big fan of this contest. I'm looking forward to the next one!
Sebastian Aeberhard
Read More
A great contest which offers a great opportunity for composers of all fields and age. It was a lot of fun.
Eleanor
Read More
I really enjoyed the opportunity and loved the animation we were given. I read the apology email so I do completely understand the difficulties you faced with one of the judges. I was one of the people who felt that the feedback was very negative and didn't quite fit your ethos of beginner composers, and understanding our limitations in scoring and orchestrating capabilities. However still very much enjoyed the experience and you were great at getting back to me when I had any questions.
Isaac Morgan
Read More
It was an amazing experience.
Darko Pavor
Read More
Thanks for the opportunity. You're the best.
Duncan Hall
Read More
I think the contest was very well put together, kudos to the team! I loved the concept and amount of free reign that was given to each contestant. I especially liked the regulation that said something along the lines of 'we will not judge by audio quality, but rather by the ideas presented.' All in all, I really enjoyed the contest and I can't wait to participate next year! Keep up the great work!
Will Maupin
Read More
I really enjoyed the contest and felt my judge did a good job of giving thoughtful feedback - I got much more than expected. My one qualm was that he said during the flight scene the llama was worried so the music should match. I did not entirely read this scene the way he described which would be fine (perhaps I misunderstood it!) if any of the winners had done what he described. The fact that none of the winners or finalists had music matching his description seemed odd to me. Otherwise a very valuable experience that I was happy to take part in and receive criticism on!
Esteban Rodriguez
Read More
The contest was really good. Not only did it give me something to work on, but it also challenged me as an artist because I’ve never worked on anything like this. Its ever so important to push artists and composers out of their comfort zone, whether it be stylistically or via feedback. I’ll most likely be participating next time. Thank you for the opportunity.
Jonathan Calvello
Read More
Thank you so much for putting together this contest. I had a lot of fun doing it, learned what it's like to score a film, and got the chance to make something I'm proud of. I look forward to the opportunity to try this again in the future. Thank you!
Tristan Harris
Read More
This contest was such a great experience. As a composer at the beginning of your career, it’s hard to get recognition for your work without the expensive equipment. This is a fun, communizing building way to do that!
Ryley
Read More
Pretty great overall!
KTG
Read More
Keep it up!
Ben Roberts
Read More
This contest was very well put together. It seemed very open to everyone regardless of skill level, and created an opportunity to put music to a film that some people don't normally have a chance to do. Overall an incredibly friendly experience to young composers like myself.
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FAQs

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.

That being said, we actually think that this can be a good thing because not knowing the film before contributes to a more realistic challenge since if you work as a film composer you can rarely choose which film you’d like to work on. Furthermore, you can choose between two different films so it’s very unlikely that you don’t like any of them.
 

If you really want to see the films beforehand that’s understandable though so what we can do is share with you the link to the original films and here they are:
– The final scene of ” The Secret Number
– “Mafia Mix-Up
We’d just recommend muting it so you won’t be influenced by the original music.

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.

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.

Still open questions? Contact us at:
support@indiefilmmusiccontest.com