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"You are the Music while the Movie lasts"

paraphrased T. S. Eliot

The most innovative film music competition in the world that focuses on Quality in Film Music and calls for all the undiscovered talented artists to finally get heard and discovered!

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you still need explanations about the contest, here are your answers!

F.A.Q.

The Oticons Faculty team believes that the concept of this competition is quite unique, so it's definitely not “one more film music competition”. We feel that this is a mission and a calling that hopefully will not only raise awareness of quality in music but also contribute to shaping-up a bright future for the film music world. If you want a more detailed reply to this question you can read our Mission Statement.
It is the exchange for the service we offer and that the big winners of the previous years have praised in their Testimonials. It represents the truly unique opportunity we give to talented artists for their music to be heard, evaluated and commented by an ensemble of established working film music professionals. In extent, the participants who will win the contest enjoy the uniquely educational and career-evolving awards that we offer. Every participant-composer who wishes to make the next step in the film music industry, gets a chance to make a leap into it by winning any of our awards; and at the same time by knowing that everyone is a "winner" because the music will be delivered to a high-profile Jury that no other competition has alike!
In this case you should simply email us at submit@oticons.com and we will get back to you with the bank transfer details.
Unfortunately not. Unless we announce a deadline extension beforehand, you should submit the completed assignments before the current deadline.
Submission of Assignments platform will be enabled on March 1st, when also the Early Bird Registration period concludes. Also, given the number of assignments and the expected high number of participants, it would be wise not to leave this till the last minute. An upload of your files within reasonable time before the deadline will be very much appreciated!
Sure you can. But as you’ll see in the registration form, you are asked to fill in the details of only one person. This also means that if you are indeed one of the finalists that will win either of the first three major awards, then only the composer who registered with his own name will be eligible to acquire them.
In brief, the participant-composers will retain 100% the ownership of all compositions they will submit to the Competition. What might seem confusing as stated in the Official Rules, is the part that we ask the right to "exploit in perpetuity and for all media" (typical Legal language in English) the music - i.e. to grant us the license to use the submitted compositions in respect with the given assignments, awards and promotional activities of the Competition. This will allow us to use them within the Competition's structure: e.g. to share them with the jury on our online platform, use them for promotional purposes, place them on Soundcloud, etc. Other than these purposes Oticons won't have the right to use them in any way, and the composers will always remain the sole owners of their music!
In the highly unlikely case that a composer we already represent decides to participate this is what will happen: (a) No one from Oticons is on the jury or has any involvement in the voting. (b) The jurors only know the Registration ID and not the name of the participant-composer. So even if they'll listen to the submissions of any clients of ours they won't know who he/she is...
Never. No names or other info will be disclosed to the jury members. As stated right before, the participants’ compositions that the jury will listen to and vote for on the online voting platform will only be identified by each participant’s unique Registration ID. Only when the top-10 finalists and winners will be announced, will the jury members find out their names.
If the participant-composer is also the one who will make the orchestrations then he/she has just to put their unique Registration ID instead of their name. If there is someone else who will make the orchestrations instead, then they should leave the name's field on the score sheet empty.
We are aware that numerous talents although they're very good composers they don't prefer to orchestrate themselves, usually because they consider it an art of its own. The Oticons Faculty focuses in composing skills, so in a sense "orchestration" is secondary. The main reason of asking for the score sheets is to make the assingments, even more, challenging. Even if you'll outsource this work and ask for help, it is still part of the "exercise" that might even lead you to learn something new and beneficial for you in the process. The Jury will surely look at the score sheets but first and foremost will listen to the music. Their final decision will not be too affected by the orchestrations... except if they are truly brilliant.
The answer to this dilemma, without getting into too much detail to confuse you, lies in the answer to the following question: do the instruments you have in mind also qualify as strings? If the answer is "no" then you're not allowed to use them at all. This includes marimba, glockenspiel, bells etc. If the answer is "yes" (e.g. piano, harp, guitar, etc.) then you can use them. But with one rule in mind: not to generate percussive effects or use them as percussions with your hands (e.g. take the cellos or guitars and hit them to create percussive sounds). This isn't allowed!
No electronic instruments mean no purely electronic sounds. Of course we are not asking the participant-composers to record real instruments! Except if they do have that possibility. Otherwise, all assignments should be completed with whatever composing, orchestrating and programming or even recording capabilities the participant-composers might have. As long as the end result doesn't include purely electronic sounds (e.g. "Tron Legacy" score style) that do not represent or have no resemblance or reference to the strings sounds, then you can use any kind of digital samples you wish.
Well, no one can really stop you from taking out of the drawer old works and revising them for the competition's assignments. Nonetheless it will be extremely appreciated and most certainly a very helpful exercise for you, to make something new and fresh just for us. As long as there is no violation of rights or any kind of copyright infringement in the compositions you will submit, then you are free to work for the Assignments as you see best. But don't forget that if they are existing works most probably the jury will figure it out; especially if there are fade outs or the duration of the submitted cues won't match the requested limited duration of each assignment.
NO!!! This is something you should be very careful! (not to do) We allow you to upload all your files for Round One only once!!! Make sure you have completed all three assignments and the respective files are within the right specifications before uploading. Once the upload of all materials for the first three assignments will be completed and validated your login will be locked! So be careful and don't be hasty! Read the Specifications for more details.
Actually you are only limited to not to use vocals in Assignment #2. Therefore, since the specs of the other assignments don't prohibit you from this then you can of course use vocals any way you see fit.
For the first round, each jury member will access on the Oticons Faculty online voting platform the submitted compositions of every participant. They will then vote in order to define the thirty best of their choice. The Jury will then deliberate to finalize the short-listing process. For the second round the jury members will listen to all the submitted compositions of the 30 (thirty) short-listed finalists and cast their vote, again on the online voting platform. They will also include personal notes and comments that: a) will be discussed in the deliberation, and b) will be included in the Feedback letter we send after the conclusion of the whole process to all 30 finalists. Lastly, after a new deliberation and due consideration of all the votes, the names of the final TOP-10 winners will be announced.
Oticons Faculty is a contest that aims to discover amazingly talented people from every corner on the globe, and give them the chance for their music to be heard by renowned film music artists and professionals: in extent the winners are put under the industry's spotlight in major film music events. This is an opportunity to evolve personally and as professionals through the interaction with established professionals of the industry and we do offer to the composers we discover any kind of help with can: we do indeed invest time to mentor and give legal and other professional advice. Ask the previous Winners & Finalists and you'll discover how much we helped them already. However, none of these actions should be interpreted in any way that our talent agency is looking for new artists to represent!
All participants will be notified by email. The 30 (thirty) finalists will also be announced on our website, our groups on Facebook and LinkedIn and our Twitter page. If you're a participant, follow any of these groups to be up-to-date with all developments.
In every edition of our competition there will be small changes in the jury members, although the core will remain the same. But we will always be seeking to add to the Faculty judging panel any significant film music artists, professionals or other organizations and festivals that wish to support us.
Exactly right. The 30 (thirty) contestants that will qualify to Round Two will have to choose their "best composition ever" - as also described at the Assignments page - that they have created in the past. Then they have to upload it to the same page they uploaded the initial three assignments but this time they will only have four (!) days to do so!!! Therefore we advise all participant-composers to complete this assignment even before we announce the 30 (thirty) names that qualify, since the schedule from then on will be very tight, and be prepared for that possibility beforehand.
Even if the Winners suggest to cover the expenses to make this happen, they’re unfortunately not allowed. These Awards have a very professional nature; hence, there will be a team of professionals dedicated to accompany the winners. The schedule and activities leaves no time to treat these as leisure trips.
If this will occur then you will remain in the List of Winners and we will announce you as one of the lucky Winners! Although you won't be able to enjoy the award(s), your winning status won't be affected.
Only from the soundtrack album release award; the finalists whose compositions will be included in the album will be eligible to royalties income. More specifically, they will all receive the 50% of the net revenues that Oticons will receive from royalties.
Oticons will function together with the record label as the producer and publisher of the Soundtrack Album and will, therefore, be eligible to get the 50% of the net revenues after the record label recoups the costs. Except this case there will be no other kind of exploitation or generating income usage by your submitted compositions at all! For a more detailed answer please read our Official Rules.

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Registration & Submission DEADLINES

Early-bird
Early-bird Registrations 1.1.-1.3.2018 @ 12 p.m. UTC
Registrations & Submissions
Regular Registrations & Submission 1.3.-10.4.2018 @ 12 p.m. UTC