Tonhalle Zurich
30 September 2021



Prize winner Andrey Mordovsky and jury president Mychael Danna. © Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF


The composer Andrey Mordovsky is the winner of the 9th International Film Music Competition 2021, which took place at Tonhalle Zurich on 30 September 2021 during the 17th Zurich Film Festival. Mordovsky received the Golden Eye “Best International Film Music 2021” endowed with a 10 000 Swiss franc cash prize.


The award ceremony took place during a film music concert. Under the baton of Frank Strobel, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra world-premiered the compositions of the three finalists and performed pieces by jury president Mychael Danna. During the same evening the Canadian film composer recieved the ZFF’s Career Achievement Award. Finally, the new audiovisual signet including the ZFF Suite by composer trio Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Baldenweg. Sandra Studer took the audience through the evening.




The three finalists were:


Julien Bellanger

John Heins

Andrey Mordovsky

The shortlisted three were chosen in a first round by an international expert jury (see below) out of 182 participants from 37 countries. Entrants were asked to write a symphony orchestra score for the 8-minute short film ETIQUETA NEGRA by David Vergés. The submission deadline was on 18 June 2021.


The members of the jury were:


Diego Baldenweg
Film composer

Mychael Danna
Film composer
President of the jury


Pirmin Marti
Music supervisor

Frank Strobel
Conductor of the award concert on 30 September
(Photo: Kai Bienert)


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