After a highly successful inaugural edition, the film music competition that aims to become a game-changer in the industry by discovering, nurturing and cultivating film composing talents with a unique voice, is back again! Oscar-winning composers, acclaimed film professionals, organizations and international festivals support this unique project again and welcome you to the OTICONS FACULTY FILM MUSIC COMPETITION 2015!

This ambitious competition, envisioned and created by the talent agency Oticons Ltd., will be open for Registrations and Submissions till April 10th 2015. The Oticons Faculty is a unique platform for film composers, whereby successful working professionals from the industry evaluate their music, offer advice, and help open doors to experience, knowledge and the professional relationships that will further their careers.

Last year, from among 120 participants from 36 different countries, the Jury of seasoned professionals selected two winners and awarded them with attendance of either the World Soundtrack Awards in Gent, Belgium or the Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland. For 2015, the judging panel is equally stellar and now expanded. It will include Oscar-winners Jan Kaczmarek (Finding Neverland) and Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love), acclaimed artists like Shigeru Umebayashi (In the Mood for Love) and Jesper Kyd (Assassin’s Creed), and exciting additions like Atli Örvarsson (The Mortal Instruments), Tuomas Kantelinen (The Legend of Hercules) Bruno Coulais (Coraline), and orchestrator David Butterworth (Gravity, Fury) etc.

The two big winners of the inaugural edition praised the Competition and the Awards they received. Said 1st Prize Winner, Benjamin Woodgates: “While attending the World Soundtrack Awards, I was granted personal introductions to many of the festival’s VIP guests and was treated very much as part of the team–as an insider. This inside access gave me the opportunity to meet some of the most successful people in our industry, like the Oscar-winner Steven Price and the recent Oscar-nominee Jóhann Jóhannsson, many of whom have now returned home clutching a copy of the Oticons Faculty Award Winners Soundtrack CD.”

Chris Roe, the 2nd Prize Winner, says that visiting the Krakow Film Music Festival gave him the opportunity to “attend panel discussions and Q&A’s with world class composers, like Hans Zimmer, Dario Marianelli, Patrick Doyle, Elliot Goldenthal and so many other industry professionals, and to join fellow young composers in a series of practical workshops at the amazing Alvernia studios. I came away from the festival with new skills as well as a renewed focus and inspiration to fuel my future career.”
The two big Awards will be the same again in 2015. For the 1st Winner it’ll be the attendance of Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Awards, whose special guest this year is Alan Silvestri, and for the 2nd Prize Winner the attendance of the amazing Krakow Film Music Festival and all its events and masterclasses, hosted by special guests such as Michael Giacchino, Ramin Djawadi, Atli Örvarsson and Trevor Morris!



Once again, every step of the Competition will take place online on the dedicated Oticons Faculty website’s multi-layered platform (http://faculty.oticons.com). Registrations and submissions of the completed Assignments will be accepted till April 10th 2015! Any composer, from anywhere around the world and any walk of life is eligible to apply. The two big Winners and finalists in the second round will be announced on the first week of May 2015!
Application form, competition guidelines, official rules and awards information are available on the competition’s Web site: http://faculty.oticons.com

The “Oticons Faculty 2014 Soundtrack Album”, which is compiled with the extended versions of the TOP10 Finalists best submissions to the competition, is available on Amazon & iTunes!

“I am already excited for those composers who will compete for the Oticons Faculty Award next year since the prize itself has been an absolutely transformative experience.”
Benjamin Woodgates – 1st Prize Winner 2014



The competition will remain open for new Entries till April 10th 2015!

For more information you may contact the Oticons Faculty Team