Festive concert evening at the Tonhalle Zürich: the scores of the five International Film Music Competition finalists will be world-premiered on 23 September 2016. The jury will choose the best composition on the same evening and present the winner with the CHF 10’000 cash-endowed Golden Eye ‘Best International Film Music 2016’. The film music concert that follows is dedicated to the great U.S. film composer John Williams. Frank Strobel conducts the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, while presenter Sandra Studer takes the audience through the evening.


Tickets are available here.


The competition required entrants to score Seth Boyden’s six-minute short film AN OBJECT AT REST for symphony orchestra. Among the 202 entrants from 43 countries, the jury (see below) chose the following five finalists:




Also attending is Basel-based film composer Niki Reiser, who garnered FONDATION SUISA’s film music award this year for his original soundtrack to the Swiss film HEIDI, a theme of which will be performed during the first part of the evening.


The second part of the evening is dedicated to five-time Oscar winner John Williams (*1932). With way over 100 film soundtracks under his belt, Williams is one of the world’s most influential and internationally successful film composers. He has collaborated with numerous eminent directors and scored almost every Steven Spielberg film. The film music concert sees the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich perform his finest and most popular soundtracks under the baton of Frank Strobel, and takes the audience on a musical journey through time into tremulous dinosaur parks, the depths of oceans and ‘galaxies far, far away’ – all, of course, on flying bikes!




Members of the evening jury Members of the nomination jury
Seth Boyden, film director Seth Boyden, film director
Brigitte Hofer, film producer Guy Farley, film composer
Sophie Hunger, songwriter/film composer    Brigitte Hofer, film producer
Jan Müller-Wieland, composer/conductor Jan Müller-Wieland, composer/conductor
Frank Strobel, conductor Frank Strobel, conductor