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DESS en musique de film


Montreal international film scoring competition

Break for 2019-2020


Dear participants, Dear participants, Our competition will take a break this year for good cause: our director, Mathieu Lavoie, will take a parental leave from his academic duties following the birth of his second daughter. Even though he am supported by a great team of volonteers and collaborators from UQAM, UQAT and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, sharing his workload with them is hard to imagine with our current ressources. We will come back in force for our 6th edition in 2020-2021. Until then, happy composing!




The Montreal International Film Composition Competition is proud to announce the winners and finalists for the 2018-2019 edition !


1st: Bertrand Crépeault (Canada)
2nd: Théodore Vibert (France)
3rd: Yann Delmas (France)
4th: Agra Bruno (USA)
1st: Chan Lok Yin (China)
2nd: Morgan D. Carvalho (France)
3rd: Benjamin Guigue-Rodet (France)
4th: Titouan Gramain
Director's Choice Prize: Christopher Leboucher
Jamais Vu:
1st and Director's Choice Prize : Jérôme Yven (France)
2nd: Lauren Bélec (Canada)
3rd: Alvaro Camara Lopez (Spain)
4th: Hugo Heynard (France)
Congratulations to you all !



Decembre 4th, 2018 - Beginning of the competition

The Specialized Diploma Program in Film Music at the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois are proud to announce the fifth edition of the Montreal International Film Music Composition Competition. Three short films are proposed to composers of all parts of the world to inspire their creativity.

Multiple awards (see below) shall be awarded to the composer of the best score for each of the following films: Jamais vu, Voisins and Rouge, as well as to all finalists of the competition, thanks to our amazing sponsors at Archambault, Yamaha, Acustica Audio, UQAM and Arturia.

The music by the finalists in each of the categories will be diffused or interpreted, with the associated film, during the 37th edition of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal, Canada.

Concours international de composition de musique de film de Montréal

According to  Mathieu Lavoie, the competition’s director, UQAM professor and compositeur at Vibe Avenue: « The four first editions of the competition  were an amazing success! To this day, nearly 1200 submissions from composers of two dozen countries have been received. This confirms that Montreal is a key player on the international scene of the movie industry.”

Stages of the Competition

  • December 4th, 2018: Competition opens. Three short films are available online on the website of the Montreal International Film Music Composition Competition.
  • January 24th, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST): Deadline for composers to submit their entries. Composers may submit up to three entries in the competition (one piece per film) if they so desire.
  • February 22d 2019: Finalists announced.
  • March 2nd 2019: from 5PM to 7PM. Projection and concert. The three finalists' versions will be screened for each film. This will take place during the Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québecois at the Bistro SAQ of La cinémathèque québécoise. Winners shall be announced during the evening.


The contest is open to any composer of any age and is worldwide. There are no registration fees. Past winners are not eligible for the competition. It is possible to participate up to three times to the competition by sumbitting music for each of the three films.

The movies

We are proud that all three films proposed for this competition have been directed by students for Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT).

1) Jamais vu (for the Archambault Award)

École des médias de l'Université du    Québec à Montréal

Directed by : Samuel Jodry-Larouche

No imposed instrumentation: write what you wish and use your sequencer!!


2) Voisins (for the Yamaha Award)

École de design de l’Université du Québec à Montréal

Directed by: Laurence Massé

Instrumentation: You must write from string quartet (2 violins, 1 viola and 1 cello) and submit your written score + MIDI mockup.


3) Rouge (For the UQAM Award)

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Directed by: Cécile Montanès, Gaby Argay-Faris, Louise Godart, Stanislas Picoron

No imposed instrumentation: write what you wish and use your sequencer!!

About UQAM’s graduate degree in film music

Unique in its genre, UQAM’s graduate program in film music has been training students in the art of scoring for screen (film, tv, web, video games) for the past ten years. During this one year program, students not only get to be played by a symphony orchestra, a large choir, small ensembles and combos, but are also matched with film directors for original projects.


The competition sincerely thanks it’s amazing sponsors! Please check out their websites.



For each film, we will have three finalists, each deserving a prize. We’d like to thank our Sponsors at Archambault, Arturia, Yamaha, Acustica Audio and UQAM’s Music department!

First place (for each film):

Second place (for each film):

Third place(for each film):

**Winners of an Arturia prize will need to send us their choice of plugin.

*** **Winners of an Acustica prize will need to send us their choice of plugin.

Director’s pick / Coup de coeur

For the 5th edition, we’ve decided to honor the submissions that are the most appreciated by the film directors themselves, at not only those selected by our jury. This will result in the “Coup de coeur” (or director’s pick) special mention and symbolic award.

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