Sounds of Silences – call 2019


A competition of Musical Composition for the Moving Image


The Edison Studio collective, with the support of the SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Publishers) for the project “SIAE – Classics of Today“, with the collaboration of Romaeuropa Festival 2019 and the support of Cineteca di Bologna (Film Archive of Bologna), announces the 4th edition of the “Sounds of Silences” International Competition of Musical Composition for the Moving Image. The aim of the competition is to stimulate musical creativity in its interaction with the audiovisual media, particularly for the reinterpretation of historical silent films and the creation of new soundtracks, with a special concern for timbre as in today’s instrumental, electronic and electroacoustic music.

In the preliminary stage of the competition entrants must submit an audiovisual work the musical part of which they themselves have composed, by June 15th 2019. An international jury will then select three finalists among the entrants, who will be invited to create a soundtrack for a medium-length movie from the silent film era chosen by Edison Studio in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna.

This work must be completed and sent by 20th of October 2019. A second international jury will award cash prizes to the finalists during a public event scheduled for November 3rd 2019 as part of Romaeuropa Festival 2019 at Macro Testaccio La Pelanda, Rome.

The total prize money to be awarded amounts to € 4,500. The competition is open to all composers of any nationality born after 31/12/1983. Participation in the competition can be either individual or collective.

Sounds of Silences organizers’aim is to stimulate the finalists to make a valid contribution towards redefining the meaning, aesthetics and conceptual structures of cinema before the advent of soundtracks, not simply by “accompanying” the images on the screen, but by revealing their original hidden content, thereby giving a new voice to what was previously silent.

For more information:

competition regulations 2019