The festival's mission is promoting 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 scores and sound will be awarded in the following categories:

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


6. 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.

The application period will run until September 15 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 score, song and sound. Only films with the production date between January 1st 2019 and June 30th 2020, will be considered for nominations.

1. Music/Sound/Song from the film has to be produced within January 1st 2019 and June 30th 2020;
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. The maximum of two composers shall be considered for their work on one film. In special circumstances, the third name may be added.
4. One composer can submit as many works as she/he wants, however, no more than two films per category can be nominated.
4. Eligible servers/links are Vimeo, YouTube or similar. Optionally, WeTransfer or similar download links may be submitted, but Vimeo/YouTube/etc will be considered first.

Overall Rating
  • Enni Red

    Was a great honour to be nominated in the Best original music (shorts) category. Thank you!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Enni, hope you will visit ISFMF soon!

  • Hermann Weiskopf

    The International Sound & Film Music Festival is simply amazing and highly recommendable! That would be enough to say but I would like to tell more for people who are considering to attend this outstanding Film Festival...
    The award night was the best I have experienced since maybe 15 years or even more… Violinists, chorus, singers with a guitar accompanied by film extracts from the best movies of film history where just incredible! And what to say about the many attendees who won Oscars and BAFTA awards or stuff like that... we never experienced something like that before.
    The location close to the sea in Pula Croatia was wonderful. The colleagues from all over the world where excellent networking occasions, but even more: great fun to stay with! Our two musicians Bernhard Falkner and Marlon Prantl won even the Horizon Award... which we really did not expect putting together the incredible quality of what has been shown and nominated.
    I just can say sometimes dreams come true... just go for it!!!!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Hermann, Bernhard and Marlon, for such a wonderful review and for staying with ISFMF this year. We wish you all the best with your projects and truly hope to meet you again soon! xxx

  • Jean-Marie Benjamin

    A beautiful and important festival.
    I am very honored for the nomination received.
    Thanks again.
    Yours truly.
    Jean-Marie Benjamin

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jean-Marie! Hope you will visit us next year!

  • Carlo Avventi

    High standard of films. Very good communication. Unfortunately we could not come. We really hope to be able to come an other year.

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much Carlo! We would really like to meet you next year!

  • Javid Farahani

    I’m honored to be announced that my short film “Under the Blade” got accepted in such a good festival.

    Thank you very much
    Javid Farahani

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Javid! Best of luck with your projects and hope to see you soon!