The festival's mission is to promote the importance of film music and its composers, as well as film sound. The festival's goals are to originate and encourage discussions, connecting people, advising, educating young composers, but also other people, through discussion panels, seminars, film market and media publishing; we tend to start and maintain creative and constructive discussions about that indelible link between film and music.

The Crystal Pine Award for best film/video game/trailer scores and sound will be awarded in the following categories:

1. Best Original Score | Feature Film – up to 15 nominations
2. Best Original Score | Documentary Feature – up to 10 nominations
3. Best Original Score | Short film (live-action, documentary and animated) – up to 20 nominations
4. Best Original Score | Series - up to 5 nominations
5. Best Original Song | Feature Film - up to 5 nominations
6. Best Original Score | Video Game - up to 10 nominations
7. Best Trailer Music - up to 10 nominations


8. Best Sound Mixing/Editing – up to 10 nominations

Special Crystal Pine Award will be awarded besides these categories for the authors who have composed the best music for the world’s best-known movies in the past year – up to 12 nominations.


Crystal Pine for Best Picture (overall, a feature-length production) - up to 10 nominations

Crystal Pine for Best Short (Live-Action, Animated or Documentary) - up to 10 nominations

2023 Jury Members:
DOREEN RINGER-ROSS, film music specialist; former V-President of Broadcast Music Inc.
RANDY THOM, Oscar-winning sound designer
JAVIER NAVARRETE, Oscar-nominated composer
MATTHIJS WOUTER KNOLL, CEO of European Film Academy
OZREN K. GLASER, composer, filmmaker, ISFMF Artistic Director

The application period will run until July 31 at the latest. The Artistic Board of the Festival will conduct a selection of movies for nominations, and the criteria will be determined in relation to the quality and originality of the picture overall, score, song, music video and sound. Only films with a production date between September 1st 2022 and June 30th 2024, will be considered for nominations.

1. Music/Sound/Song from the film or the film (Picture) itself has to be produced within September 1st 2022 and June 30th 2024;
2. Selected films must be in accordance with the categories (feature films – 45 minutes and more, short films – 2 min to 44 min, etc.)
3. A maximum of two composers shall be considered for their work on one film. In exceptional circumstances, the third name may be added.
4. One composer/director can submit as many works as she/he wants, however, no more than two films per category can be nominated.
5. Best Picture Crystal Pine Award is awarded to Director
6. Please, send your submission via FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating
  • "Very nice film festival. It is our honor that our music video 'Dance with the Unknown' was a nominee for the Best Music Video"

    December 2023
  • Amani Jaafer

    Very Nice Festival! Well organized. The Festival team is so nice and friendly. Plus Samobor is a lovely city.

    December 2023
  • Thank you for choosing my short drama film 'Let's Talk' for the festival!

    November 2023
  • Goce Cvetanovski

    This festival is a small gem waiting to be discovered. A place where Film Sound and Music is celebrated in a proper way. An intimate festival where you can talk to people who have worked on all the films that we have enjoyed watching in cinema and at home, masters of sound and film music who are actively creating the magic. Highly recommended!

    November 2023
  • Honored to have participated in this festival with my short film "Nearby Planet" and to have had a nomination. Thank you

    October 2023