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 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 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

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 picture overall, score, song and sound. Only films with the production date between January 1st 2021 and September 15th 2022, will be considered for nominations.

1. Music/Sound/Song from the film or the film (Picture) itself has to be produced within January 1st 2020 and September 15th 2022;
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.
5. Best Picture Crystal Pine Award is awarded to Director
6. Please, send your submission via FilmFreeway.

Overall Rating

    Fantastic festival - one of the very few to highlight sound in film. Very much appreciate having my work considered, and selected for inclusion. Thank you!

    February 2022
  • Morag Brownlie

    Thanks for having our film in your festival . You have an impressive team would love to attend one day . Great to focus on the heart and soul aspect of cinema.

    January 2022
  • Shay Thurmon

    So very honored to have been selected by this prestigious festival. We had heard great things about it and were beyond excited to get the notification. We look forward to attending in person next year and submitting a new film. Thank you ISFMF!

    December 2021
  • Eduardo Montes-Bradley

    I don’t get it..... Was invited, almost informed, I’m not sure if the film screened or not. Has anyone heard from them? Not me, not really.

    November 2021
  • Thank you so much for welcoming Dark Hearts!

    November 2021