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DESS en musique de film



Décembre 13th, 2017 - 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 fourth 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: Gardien de nuit, Noumnoum et Réflexion, as well as to all finalists of the competition, thanks to our amazing sponsors at XLN Audio et Arturia.

The music by the finalists in each of the categories will be diffused or interpreted, with the associated film, during the 36th edition of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal, Canada.

New this year! Your music could be played live with the film during the awards ceremony, by a brass quintet!

Montreal Brass, a brass quintet under the direction of Thierry Champs, will interpret the three finalist scores for the movies Réflexion et Gardien de nuit, as well as entertain guests during the award ceremony with multiple film music pieces. This means that this year, participants that wish to submit music for these films also need to submit sheet music.

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 three first editions of the competition  were an amazing success! To this day, nearly 700 submissions from composers of two dozen countries have been recieved. This confirms that Montreal is a key player on the international scene of the movie industry.”

Stages of the Competition

  • December 13th, 2017: Competition opens. Three short films are available online on the website of the Montreal International Film Music Composition Competition.
  • January 24th, 2017, 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 22th, 2018: Finalists announced.
  • March 1st 2018, at 7PM. Projection and concert with a brass quintet under the direction of Thierry Champs. The three finalists' versions will be screened for each film. The three finalists for the movies Réflexion and Gardien de nuit will have their scores interpreted live during the event, and the finalists versions of Noumnoum will be screened. 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) Noumnoum

École des médias de l'Université du Québec à Montréal
Directed by: Marie-Kathryne Viens

Free orchestration: write what you wish!

2) Gardien de nuit

École de design de l’Université du Québec à Montréal
Directed by: Jean-Philippe Choquette

Imposed orchestration: Brass quintet only.

3) Réflexion

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Directed by: Cyprien Jeancolas

Imposed orchestration: Brass quintet only.

D.E.S.S. en musique de film de l’UQAM
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.

  1. First place (for each film):
    1. 500$ canadian
    2. Addictive Drums 2: Custom Bundle*
    3. Your choice of an Arturia plugin (except for the V Collection)**
  2. Second place (for each film):
    1. Addictive Drums 2: Standard (3 outstanding kits)*
  3. Third place(for each film):
    1. Addictive Keys: Trio Bundle*

* The winners of XLN Audio prizes will need to create an account on and send us the email address they have used for this. We will send the information to XLN audio who will add the prizes to the proper account.

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

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