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December 19, 2017 - The Specialized Diploma Program in Film Music at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma (RVQC) 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 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 Québec Cinéma in Montreal, Canada.

Montreal International Film Music Composition Competition
According to Mathieu Lavoie, the competition’s director, UQAM professor and composer 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 received. This confirms that Montreal is a key player on the international scene of the movie industry.”

Stages of the Competition

  • Competition opens
    December 2017. Three short films are available online on the website of the Montreal International Film Music Composition Competition.
  • Deadline for composers to submit their entries
    January 24th, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST). Composers may submit up to three entries in the competition (one piece per film) if they so desire.
  • Finalists announced
    February 22th, 2018.
  • Winners announcement
    March 1st, 2018, at 7 pm. During the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma at the Bistro SAQ of La cinémathèque québécoise. 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. The finalists’ versions of Noumnoum will be screened. This will take place

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 submitting 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 of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT).

1) Noumnoum

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

 2) Gardien de nuit

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

3) Réflexion

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


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.

About the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
Offering a wide range of cinematic genres and styles, the Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma has been a breeding ground for talent and a unique opportunity for discovery for the last 33 years. Over 10 days, some 400 industry professionals join film buffs and the general public to celebrate Quebec cinema of today and tomorrow. With screenings of more than 300 films, including close to a hundred premieres, and a host of free activities to encourage reflection and celebration, the Rendez-vous is an essential event on Quebec's film and festival calendar.

The competition sincerely thanks its amazing sponsors!

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Source: Maude N. Béland, Press Relations Officer
Press Relations and Special Events Division
UQAM Communications Service
Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1707


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