Tonhalle Zurich
30 September 2021



The 9th International Film Music Competition will take place during the 17th Zurich Film Festival (23 September – 3 October 2021) and is organised by Zurich Film Festival, Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG, and Forum Filmmusik. Participants were invited to score the 8‑minute short film ETIQUETA NEGRA by David Vergés for symphony orchestra. The deadline was on 18 June 2021.


182 composers from 37 countries all over the world submitted a composition. An international expert jury presided by Academy-Award-winning film composer Mychael Danna (see below) has chosen the compositions from three participants:


Julien Bellanger

John Heins

Andrey Mordovsky

The compositions of these three nominees will be world-premiered by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the baton of Frank Strobel during a film music concert in the Tonhalle Zurich on 30 September 2021. On the same evening, the winner will be chosen by the jury and awarded the Golden Eye “Best International Film Music 2021“ endowed with CHF 10 000.


The members of the jury are:


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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