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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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Assignments & Process Details

Two Rounds | Four Challenging Assignments
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General Rules

Composers from all over the world and from all walks of life are eligible to participate in the Oticons Faculty Competition. There are no limitations or other parameters that may account for non-eligibility and inhibit anyone from entering it.

For purposes of clarity, this means the following:
(a) The Competition is open to all participants regardless of professional status, age, education, and/or background.
(b) All participants must accept the Oticons Faculty Competition structure and content, mission statement, participant tasks and winner awards.
(c) All participants must accept and comply with the Competition’s legal and regulatory terms and conditions. For more information, please read the Official Rules page.

The steps that you need to complete successfully to participate are:

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Early Bird Registration Fee 60 EUR - Normal Registration Fee 95 EUR | Visit F.A.Q. page (question #2) to read what the fee represents
Respectively for Early-bird and Normal registrations, the deadlines for entries are March 1, 2017 at 12 a.m. GMT and April 10, 2017 at 12 a.m. GMT.
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Note: Please read below very carefully the Assignments objectives and their strict specs!
Assignment #1
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

You are requested to compose a great melody, a memorable tune, one that a filmmaker would consider a Main Theme. With this task you are called to prove your skill into composing a melody that might instantly get imprinted in the memory of the audience and even make them hum it after a single listening...

Specifications

- Maximum duration 60 seconds.
- Complete freedom of style/genre/instrumentation/orchestration.
- Composition to be delivered in mp3 format, 320kbps.
Assignment #2
BATTLE OF THE BOWS

You are requested to compose epic, powerful, grandiose, heroic music, without the use of any percussions, brass, woodwinds or choir but only with strings and any other acoustic instruments you may wish.

No electronic instruments of any kind are allowed to be used.

Specifications

- Maximum duration 60 seconds.
- Delivery of the Score Sheets in PDF format.
Note: the name of the Orchestrator should be the participant's unique Registration ID or should be left blank if another person will do the orchestration.
- Composition to be delivered in mp3 format, 320kbps.
Assignment #3
ENVISION THE NOTES | For this Assignment a new scene from a new feature film's script is provided every year

You are asked to compose the musical score for a key scene of a feature film, which is currently in pre-production. We will give you the script pages to read the scene you'll have to score, along with a brief from the director.

For the Oticons Faculty 2017 Edition, the movie project is "FRANKENSTEIN REC", based on the novel of the director himself.

NOTE: This task isn't about scoring "on picture" but getting inspired from the scene as written on the script! Any visuals given are only for inspiration regarding the atmosphere the filmmakers want to achieve.

Specifications

- Maximum duration 90 seconds.
- Delivery of the Score Sheets in PDF format.
Note: the name of the Orchestrator should be the participant's unique Registration ID or should be left blank if another person will do the orchestration.
- Complete freedom of style/genre/instrumentation/orchestration.
- Composition to be delivered in mp3 format, 320kbps.

ROUND ONE SUMMARY: ASSIGNMENTS REQUIREMENTS & TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

About the files' names, formats, sizes and any other specs please also read carefully the "Complete Submission Process & Technical Specs" below.
Submissions platform will open on Wednesday March 1st 2017 at 12am and close on Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 12am.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 
The participants are only allowed to login at the given Login page and upload the files of all completed Assignments just ONCE!
  • Assignment 1

  • FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

  • COMPOSE A MEMORABLE THEME!
  • 60 seconds duration
  • 1 MP3 file 320kbps
  • Filename: task1.mp3
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  • Assignment 2

  • BATTLE OF THE BOWS

  • COMPOSE EPIC MUSIC ONLY FOR STRINGS!
  • 60 seconds duration
  • 1 MP3 file 320kbps
  • Filename: task2.mp3
  • 1 PDF file A4 size
  • Filename: task2.pdf
  • Assignment 3

  • ENVISION THE NOTES

  • SCORE A SCENE BASED ON THE SCRIPT!
  • 90 seconds duration
  • 1 MP3 file 320kbps
  • Filename: task3.mp3
  • 1 PDF file A4 size
  • Filename: task3.pdf
Assignment #4
SELF-PITCHING
The 30 finalists that will be announced on April 15th, 2017, will be called to send us within four days (April 19th, 2017 at 12am) an excerpt from the best composition they have ever composed, which they feel characterizes best their personal musical style. They should also send over a professional CV.

It is advised to have the composition selected and the file prepared before the announcement of the 30 finalists!

Specifications

- No duration restriction (remember though that "less is more").
- Composition to be delivered in mp3 format, 320kbps.
- Professional CV in PDF format.
Note: because the voting will be anonymous the CVs will only be shared with the President of the Jury, Sir Dirk Brossé before commencing of the deliberation with all jury members that will define the final winners.

Complete Submission Process & Technical Specifications Summary

1.
All Submissions should be uploaded on this page (https://entries.oticons.com/login) where the participant should login with his email and the code he/she acquired after having completed his registration.
2.
All Submissions for Round One (three mp3 and two PDF files) should be in separate single files with the filenames as follows:
task1.mp3, task2.mp3, task2.pdf, task3.mp3, task3.pdf
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All 60-seconds compositions ideally shouldn't exceed 4MB filesize and all 90-seconds compositions shouldn't exceed 7MB filesize.
4.
Submissions of the top-30 finalists for Assignment #4 should have the following filenames: task4.mp3, task4.pdf
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Submission of the Top-30 finalists for Assignment #4 ideally shouldn't exceed 10MB filesize.
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All audio files should strictly be in MP3 format (320kbps, stereo). No other file formats will be accepted.
7.
All score sheets and CVs should strictly be in PDF format, A4 size. No other file formats will be accepted.

Important Note

The participants are only allowed to log in at the given Login page and upload all the materials of all completed Assignments #1, #2 and #3 only ONCE!!! You may log in multiple times, but you are only allowed to do only ONE batch upload of all files (3 mp3 files & 2 pdf files). In other words, the participants aren't allowed to upload the files separately, delete them or replace them! Once the upload of all materials of the completed first three assignments will be validated their login will be locked!

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