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awards & categories

We are looking for the best short films from around the world with ear-catching sound design and original scores in the following categories. To submit click HERE.

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JURY AWARD

The ‘Jury award’ is granted to the film exhibiting excellence in the fields of direction, writing, performance, cinematography, technical execution and use of sound design and music.

BEST SOUND DESIGN AWARD

The ‘Best sound design award’ is granted to films exhibiting exceptional and innovative use of sound. Judges mark against several criteria, including creation and use of sound effects, ambience and dialogue.

BEST SCORE AWARD

The ‘Best score award’ is granted to films with highly exceptional and original music composition. Judges mark against several criteria, including arrangement, production quality, emotional significance, synergy to picture and originality.

BEST SOUND EDITING AWARD

The ‘Best sound editing’ award is granted to films that demonstrate exceptional craft in the field of sound editing. Judges mark against criteria including aesthetic, composition and impact.

BEST SOUND OR MUSIC IN VR

The award for ‘Best Sound or Music in VR’ will be presented to experiences demonstrating cutting edge sound design, sound mixing and scoring in the delivery of narrative.

BEST COMBINED USE OF SOUND AND MUSIC

The award for ‘Best combined use of sound and music’ is granted to films that exhibit an exceptional relationship between sound design, sound editing and score. Judges will mark based on criteria including synergy between effects, atmosphere and music and the dynamic between sound, music and picture.

ORIGINAL SCORE NOT FOR PICTURE

The ‘Best original score not composed for picture award’ is granted to exceptional music created independently and not currently used in a finished film. This award intends to celebrate the creative works of composers writing music cues on spec or for libraries which goes largely unheard by mass audiences. Judges are marking on criteria including composition, arrangement, originality and impact.

CATEGORIES

NARRATIVE FICTION

A short drama or fiction film with a run time of 25 minutes or less.

ANIMATION

A short film produced using any style or animation technique with run time of 25 minutes or less.

DOCUMENTARY or FACTUAL

A short documentary, factual or non-fiction film with run time of 40 minutes or less.

ORIGINAL SCORE

An original score which has been composed but not used in a picture (movie or short film).

VIRTUAL REALITY

Virtual Reality Experiences with exceptional and highly innovative use of sound and music.

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