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

scoring competition!

2021 Competition Entry Now Open

Until September 24, 2021

How It Works:

 

Each composer will receive the same documentary episode titled “Run Your Race” 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 short film for their reel, but the film 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 film, five award-winning judges of film, tv, and scoring professions, including the original director of the film, 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 Film:

This year’s episode is about 6 minutes in length. Ultra Runner Allison Powell embarks on a 130+ mile run through the Santa Monica Mountains in order to set the record for the out & back on the Backbone Trail. This mini-series follows her journey from inception to completion.

How to Enter:

 

Fill out the online entry form and pay the $15 to enter. All proceeds for this year’s
competition will be going to the Orinda Theatre, where we hold the festival and screening each year, as a donation to keep them alive and running after COVID-19.


*IMPORTANT* Please email  Katrina@caiff.org 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 episode, and then upload it to Dropbox. You will then share the file to  Katrina@caiff.org . 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 (When happening again), $500, a plaque, and an advisement
session with a 2021 guest judge.**


2nd place: All access pass to the California Independent Film Festival (When happening again),  $250, a certificate, and an
advisement session with a 2021 guest judge.**

3rd place: All access pass to the California Independent Film Festival (When happening again), $150, a certificate, and an
advisement session with a 2021 guest judge.**

4th place: Advisement session with a 2021 guest judge.**

5th place: Advisement session with a 2021 guest judge.**

**ALL FINALISTS IN 1 ST TO 5 TH PLACE WILL BE SET UP WITH A VIDEO CHAT SESSION WITH A JUDGE (Details will be sent out at a later time). FINALISTS WILL BE ABLE TO SUBMIT THEIR TOP THREE CHOICES AS TO WHO THEY WANT TO SPEAK WITH, HOWEVER, FINAL PLACEMENTS WILL BE MADE BY CAIFF.

Deadline:

All scores must be finalized and bounced as a .mov for screening and entered by September 24, 2021 11:59 pm PDT.

Who Can Enter:

 

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

 

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 Katrina@caiff.org.