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December 10th 2020 - Beginning of the competition 


Decembre 10th, 2020 - 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 sixth 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: Souvenirs de Roumanie, Vapeur et charbon et Jane, as well as to all finalists of the competition, thanks to our amazing sponsors at Acustica Audio, UQAM, UQAT and Arturia.

The music by the finalists in each of the categories will be broadcast online.

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.”

Competition schedule

  • December 10th, 2020: Competition opens. Three short films are available online on the website of the Montreal International Film Music Composition Competition.
  • Ferbruary 22nd 2021, 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.
  • March 15th 2021: Finalists announced.
  • Beginning of april : Winners announced. On line event


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) Souvenirs de Roumanie

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École de Design de l'Université du Québec à Montréal

Directed by : Cassandra Calin



2) Vapeur et Charbon

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École de design de l’Université du Québec à Montréal

Directed by: Chloé Biocca



3) Jane


Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

Directed by: Anne Delarue et Jeanne Verniest


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.



Founded by René Rozon, The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) is dedicated to the international promotion and distribution of films on art and media arts. For nearly 4 decades, it has presented an annual event in March, which allows discovery of the latest documentaries on art. With its various activities all through the year, FIFA is committed to increasing the knowledge and appreciation of art among the public, promoting the work of artists in the fields of cinema, video and visual arts, and also encouraging the production and diffusion of art films. While this year's exclusively online edition was hugely popular with both audiences and the media, the 39th edition of FIFA will take place physically, from March 16 to 28, 2021.


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

  • First place (for each film):
    1. $500 CAD
    2. Arturia et Acustica
    3. 2 choices of plugins (Acustica)**
  • Second place (for each film):
    1. MCDSP (choice of Plugin)
    2. Plogue (choice of Plugin)
  • Third place (for each film):
    1. Plogue (choice of Plugin)


Special award

Special mention: CICMFM cégépiens prize, special mention of UQAM music students, "coup de coeur" of film makers at UQAT

We believe that music is also about harmony, which goes beyond performance. This is why the Director's Favorite will be awarded to a participant who has perfectly embraced the director's vision and atmosphere.


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