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 submission deadline was on 18 June 2021, and 182 composers from 37 countries all over the world are participating in the competition.
An international expert jury will choose three compositions from all the submissions. These three compositions 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.