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Composers, join the California Independent
Film Festival in their nineth annual film

scoring competition!

2022 Competition Entry Now Open

Until November 1st, 2022

How It Works:

Each composer will receive the same animatic pilot “The Island Is Up To No Good” with the original music removed. Instrumentation and placement of the music is solely up to the composer. All competitors contain the rights to their individual music, and are able to utilize the animatic for their reel, but the animatic may not be posted on any website or public domain, or the submitter will be disqualified. Once we have received your score attached to the animatic, five award-winning judges of film, tv, and scoring professions, including the original director of the animatic, will select five finalists. With the large amount of competitors we get every year, we are unable to send critiques to participants. All judging will be final.

This Year’s Animatic Film:

This year’s animatic is about 4 minutes in length. The story follows two silly characters who try to solve a mysterious murder that happens within their town.

How to Enter:


Fill out the online entry form and pay the $15 to enter.

*IMPORTANT* Please email once you make the payment;
please send her the receipt, or a screenshot of your payment attached to your email.

Katrina will send you the film back via a Dropbox link. Score the animatic, and then upload it to Dropbox. You will then share the file to . We do not need your sheet music, ONLY the film with your score attached/synced as an .mov file. Both live recordings and virtual recordings are accepted. Please name your synced .mov file with your first name, last name, and CAIFF. (ex: JordanSmithCAIFF). We will contact you if there are any issues with your submission. Please be patient as we receive many submissions. All payments made to enter the competition will be final, and there will be no reimbursements.

Competition Prize:

The top five finalists will receive the prizes as follows:

1st place: All access pass to the California Independent Film Festival, $500, and a plaque

2nd place: All access pass to the California Independent Film Festival, $250, and a certificate​

3rd place: All access pass to the California Independent Film Festival, $150, and a certificate​​​


All scores must be finalized and bounced as a .mov for screening and entered by November 1, 2022 11:59 pm PDT.

Who Can Enter:

U.S. and International composers are able to submit scores. Students and emerging professionals may enter as well.

 No assistance may be obtained from anyone besides the composer. No team of composers, only independents. Stock music, previously recorded or written music is not allowed, as well as assistance from a teacher or professional. If a competitor is found in violation of the rules, they will be disqualified.

If you have any questions, please contact Katrina Zemrak at

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