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How to participate

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.

Q&A

  • 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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