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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.

Le Concours international de composition de musique de film de Montréal est fier d'annoncer les gagnants de sa deuxième édition! Félicitations à tous les participants, notamment à nos lauréats Houssem Turki (Des souris et des hommes), David Bérubé (Pour Toujours) et Anaïs Larocque (Participe Passé).
Rendez-vous à tous et à toutes vers la mi- novembre 2016 pour la 3e édition du concours!
The Montreal international film music competition is proud to announce this years winners. Congradulations to all participants, and particularly to our winners, Houssem Turki, (Des souris et des hommes), David Bérubé (Pour Toujours) and Anaïs Larocque (Participe Passé)! Come back to see us in mid-novembre 2016 for the third edition of the competition!

Jury for the fifth edition of the

Montreal internation film scoring competition

Joseph Trapanese - Composer, Arranger and Producer


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Joseph Trapanese is best known for his sleek score work for blockbuster films like “Tron: Legacy,” “Straight Outta Compton,” “The Greatest Showman,” “Oblivion” and the “Raid” series.  As a composer, arranger, and producer for movie, television, theater, and video game music, he has collaborated with a number of mainstream musical acts such as Daft Punk, M83, Mike Shinoda, and Dr. Dre.  Solo work includes films such as “Robin Hood,” “Only The Brave,” “Arctic,” “Earth to Echo,” and two installments of the “Divergent” series.

Born in Jersey City, Trapanese earned his B.M. in classical composition from the Manhattan School of Music. He went on to study at UCLA for his M.A. and taught electronic music composition at the school from 2008-2011.  In 2016, he became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2013, alongside a tenacious group of composers, artists, and musicians, Trapanese founded The Echo Society.  Aiming to inspire each other and the community around them, the group creates and performs new music showcasing the unique talents and environments of Los Angeles.


Andreas Grimm - Professor, Musician, Composer


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Andreas Grimm, born 1962, studied Musicology in Cologne and London, graduating 1991. While attending university he started composing and performing, mainly with the music comedy improv group Die Niegelungen.

In 1995, after engagements as a music critic, radio- and TV-author, Grimm developed the music concept for the German comedy-variety show Die Wochenshow (The weekly news). He wrote the theme song and contributed music for all segments - musical sketches, playbacks, spoofs and underscoring.

In 2003, Grimm composed his first feature score for the big-screen comedy Der Wixxer. He was awarded the German Film Critics award for Best Film Score.

He continued to write original music for comedy, drama, and variety shows (i.e. Pastewka, Ladykracher, Hilfe Hochzeit!, Zwei Weihnachtsmänner and many more), as well as feature scores for Night of the Living Dorks and the Ritter Rost movies

Andreas Grimm also works in theatre, i.e. composing music for stage versions of Cornelia Funke's novels.

He still enjoys working as a session musician. In the past he played with world music legends Dissidenten and acted as musical director and keyboardist for Lena Meyer-Landrut's concert band, winner of the European Song Contest, and the Max Mutzke Band. He continues to perform with his own band. He is a board member of the German composers union Mediamusic e.V. as well as a member of Composers Club and DEFKOM.

Since 2008 Andreas Grimm has been teaching Composition for Media as a professor at the Institute For Music And Media of the Robert Schumann School of Music.



Catherine Joy -  Composer, Executive Director of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, Founder of the Joy Music House

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With a passion for music and collaboration, Catherine Joy is a composer for film, media and live performance. She recently won Best Documentary Score for the uplifting feature documentary Gold Balls. She composed additional arrangements for the Emmy-winning doc series Wild Wild Country and was score supervisor and orchestrator on the oscar-nominated RBG. Catherine also scored the popular web series Capitol Hill which is now televised through Europe and Canada. She is currently scoring the video games The Endless Mission along with two documentaries and a feature horror project. She is the Executive Director for the Alliance for Women Film Composers and the Director and Founder of Joy Music House, a one-stop shop for Score Production. 


Cindy O'Connor - Composer, Musical Director and Performer


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A 2018 Emmy nominee (Once Upon a Time), Cindy O’Connor is Los Angeles-based composer, music director, and performer. Her background in classical piano, orchestral composition, rock bands, and musical theater has led to a love of telling stories in many musical languages, and she enjoys crafting unique sonic worlds for each project.
Cindy spent seven seasons composing for the ABC series Once Upon a Time in collaboration with Mark Isham. Other TV credits include the series Crash (Starz) and The Black Donnellys (NBC). Her feature film scores include Forgiving the Franklins (Sundance) and the thriller Not Forgotten, starring Simon Baker. Cindy spent her early years arranging, orchestrating, and composing additional music for a variety of Hollywood films, including Warrior, Dolphin Tale, The Mechanic, and Brian DePalma's The Black Dahlia. In 2017 she was selected as one of six Sundance Composer Feature Lab fellows.
A life-long music professional, Cindy has toured the world as a singer and keyboard player, sharing the stage with Pat Benatar, Aloe Blacc, Sting, Danny Elfman, Jack Black, and Petra Haden. Her first love is theater, and her original musicals have been produced across the country, including the Kennedy Center and off-Broadway.


Stephen Warbeck - Film Composer

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Stephen Warbeck is one of the the most successful British composers working in film today. His many credits include Shakespeare in Love (Miramax), for which he won an Oscar for Best Original Score; Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (Working Title/Universal), Billy Elliott (Tiger Aspect/Working Title), Birthday Girl (Portobello Films/Film Four/Miramax), Quills (Industry Entertainment/Fox Searchlight), Mrs Brown (Ecosse Films/Miramax) and My Son the Fanatic (BBC/Zephyr Films/Miramax).

Among Stephen's most recent TV works are The Dresser, starring Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins, for the BBC and Channel 4's prestigious 10-part drama, Indian Summers, while his most recent film scores include Hampstead (Ecosse Films), The Time Of Their Lives (Bright Pictures), Mon Roi (Les Productions des Trésor), Keeping Rosy (Air Productions/Redemption Films) and Seve (Renaissance Films).


In addition to filling out the form,please send us, using WeTransfer, your music, in WAV, 24bit, 48khz. Use the following email adress for WeTransfer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please indicate you name and surname.

Registration and Composition

  1. Register here on our website to have access to the films. Retain your username and password.
  2. Download the film(s) for which you wish to compose music.
  3. Compose!
    1. Concerning instrumentation:
      1. Jamais vu: free orchestration (use whatever synths, instruments you wish as there will not be a live version of your score by the ensemble).  
      2. Voisins: You must write only for String Quartet and submit a written score, as finalists versions will be played live during the screening. No extra stems are allowed.
      3. Rouge: free orchestration (use whatever synths, instruments you wish as there will not be a live version of your score by the ensemble).
  4. Tell all your friends about it!

Submission of your entry before January 24th 2017, 11:59 PM (Montreal time).

  1. Create a YouTube account
  2. Upload your chosen film, with your music synchronized, to your account.
    1. Important note: whatever film you are submitting music for, you must still produce a MIDI or live version of your score and sync it with the visual for YouTube. This is how the jury will select the finalists.  
  3. When you have finished your composition and before the submission deadline, sign back into your account on this site.
  4. Fill in the online form
    1. NOTE: if you are submitting music for more than one film, you must fill out the form for each film.
  5. Remember to include the YouTube link to your film  and your biography.
  6. Don't forget to submit your sheet music for Les Voisins (if you have submitted music for this film)
  7. Keep an eye on our site and your email to be informed of the results of the competition!


Information about the diffusion of your music

  1. By participating in this competition, you grant us permission to diffuse your music on our website or elsewhere, for promotional purposes. You consent to having your music heard during the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois.
  2. You grant us permission to publish your photo and biography, if you are selected amongst the finalists.
  3. You authorize the Director of the film in question to use your music with his or her film for non-commercial purposes, in return for your name appearing in the credits.
  4. You retain full copyright of your music.
  5. You allow us to give your contact information, if you are amongst the nominees, to our partners at Arturia, so they can give out the awards.

About the string quartet

  1. What is a string quartet?
    1. If you have asked this question, please read an orchestration book before submitting your music.
    2. 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello
  2. How good are the players?
    1. They are AMAZING! However, please beware of virtuoso writing as this music is to be played live in sync with a film. Be conservative.
  3. How do I send the score?
    1. The scores must be in PDF format.
    2. You must include individual scores for each player plus a master score.  
  4. Can I add additional tracks (pre-recorded music) to the music?
    1. No. If your music is selected as a finalist, il will be played live, without clic track or any other additional track sync..
  5. How will the ensemble stay sync with the film?
    1. They are talented! First off, make sure your instructions on score, such as tempo, are clear. We highly recommend adding extra sync instructions, such as timecode notes at certain moments of your score.


  • Must I upload a MIDI file or recorded MIDI sequence in MP3 for my chosen film?
    • No as you are already giving us a link to a YouTube video where your music (whether it be a MIDI sequence rendering or live recording) is synced with the film. If you are chosen as a finalist, we will contact you in order to get the full quality file to sync it with the full quality video, for the projection. Previous instructions on this site asked for an MP3, but this is no longer necessary.
  • Can I use virtual instruments for Rouge and Jamais Vu?
    • Yes! As stated previously, the choice of instrumentation for these films is totally free, as this will not be played live. You can use synths, samplers or live musiciens for your submitted recording. This is different for Les Voisins as it is constrained to using the String Quartet ensemble available.
  • Can I use preexisting music, or themes from other composers?
    • Absolutely not! Only fully original music will be accepted.
  • I live a zillion miles away from Montreal. If I am selected, will the show be streamed live or broadcast later?

YES! We will broadcast the event Live on our Facebook page.

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