The SOUND ON SCREEN film festival focusses on music subjects in film from around the globe - including movies with music related subjects, documentaries, musicals, concert films, from mainstream to underground, and everything in between.
Established in 2010, Sound On Screen is the first and only event of its kind in South Africa (if not the continent), and no music genres are excluded with subject over the years including Pop, Rock, Metal, Punk, Rap, Hip-Hop, Breakbeat, Classical, Folk, Industrial, Techno, Jazz, Blues, R&B, African and Ethnic variations, Electronic and more, even including live soundtrack performance to classic silent films by The Makabra Ensemble.
Since the pandemic, getting cinema slots has been difficult, but all selections will be included in the on-line chapter of the festival, and where possible, some titles may get cinema shows.
The selections have included:
IT MIGHT GET LOUD
LORDS OF CHAOS
FREDDIE MERCURY - THE KING OF QUEEN
PARIS / BERLIN: 20 Years of Underground Techno
GET THRASHED – The Story Of Thrash Metal
HATED GG ALLIN & THE MURDER JUNKIES
ROCK THE BELLS
UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US
FROM THE 50 YARD LINE
BJÖRK - BIOPHILIA LIVE
HÄXAN - Live Soundtrack Performance Screening by The Makabra Ensemble
BEFORE THE MUSIC DIES
GOD BLESS OZZY OSBOURNE
INDUSTRIAL SOUNDTRACK FOR THE URBAN DECAY
THE HEART IS A DRUM MACHINE
THE PRODIGY - WORLD'S ON FIRE
WENDY O. WILLIAMS AND THE PLASMATICS
BLOOD INTO WINE
REAL PUNKS GET CHECKED
BLACK METAL - A DOCUMENTARY
I SAW GIRAFFES IN INDIA
JAMES BLUNT - TILL YOU'RE TOLD TO STOP
MISSION TO LARS
SOUND OF NOISE
3-TRIÚR: In Search Of Musical Form
AFRICAN DRUM - BEYOND THE BEAT
TENSION: 25 YEARS UNDERGROUND
BARÓN ROJO Long Live Rock & Roll
EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN: Liebeslieder
PUNK IN AFRICA
LAMB OF GOD - AS THE PALACES BURN
MARCH OF THE GODS - BOTSWANA METAL
ONE MINUTE FOR CONDUCTORS
BRIGHT VISION / Aisling Gheal
AUSTIN TO BOSTON
THE HEIR OF LISZT
THE HEALING NOTES
ROCK & ROLL COMICS
ART'S NOT DEAD
SOAKED IN BLEACH
STONE COLD JANE AUSTIN
VANN "Piano Man" WALLS: The Spirit Of R&B
WE ARE TWISTED F*CKING SISTER!
GOGOL BORDELLO - NON STOP
SOUND OF REDEMPTION: The Frank Morgan Story
1984: RIDING INTO HELL
A FAT WRECK: THE PUNK-U-MENTARY
JIVING AND DYING: THE RADIO RATS STORY
SPRINGBOK NUDE GIRLS
ROCKY: MUSIC BY BILL CONTI
The SOUND ON SCREEN film festival flowed from the 2nd Flamedrop X FEST event in 2008, which was an extreme music edition, and also included:
STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Live at Download Festival
PUNK ROCK HOLOCAUST
RAT SKATES – BORN IN THE BASEMENT
THROBBING GRISTLE – RE-TG Live at the London Astoria
NEW YORK HARDCORE
All official selections are acknowledged and certificates are allocated to a variety of category winners (eg. Best Feature Film, Best Short, Best Soundtrack, Best Documentary)
SOUND ON SCREEN feature- and short subject submissions can be live action or animation, but need to have a musical theme, eg.
a documentary on a band or musical artist (like God Bless Ozzy Osbourne),
a concert film (like Björk - Biophilia Live),
a musical (like The Rocky Horror Picture Show),
instrument-specific movies / documentaries (like African Drum - Beyond The Beat),
movies with a music-driven narrative (like Sound Of Noise),
a tour film (like Ministry: Fix),
movies / documentaries digging into music as a human subject (like The Heart Is A Drum Machine);
a documentary on a specific instrument (like The Whisper Of the Marimba)
a documentary of a specific music genre (Get Thrashed)
it can also be a narrative or documentary subject that is not necessarily music driven, but attached to a musical subject (like the Kurt Cobain death investigation of Soaked In Bleach).
Music videos and long form music clips are also accepted.
Productions submitted will be viewed by the selection panel, and if chosen will be awarded Official Selection status, and screened at the SOUND ON SCREEN Film Festival.
All selections will screen in the on-line chapter of the event with the selection of cinema inclusions up to the discretion of the festival panel.
Short Film entries will be compiled into feature length collection(s).
Since the pandemic, getting cinema slots has been difficult, but all selections will be included in the secure on-line streaming chapter of the festival, and where possible, some titles may get cinema shows.
The festival cannot supply screening fees and any physical materials supplied (discs, drives, posters etc.) cannot be returned, unless at the cost of the submitter.
There are no restrictions for the production's country of origin.
Flamedrop Productions, Cinemaniacs, and Sound On Screen cannot guarantee that the short- or feature films submitted will be selected and screened in public, as the festival selection members / committee will be the final arbiters.
Permission must be granted from the relevant rights holders (where applicable) of any copyrighted material used in your production (eg. music, film, video, news, audio, clips from other sources etc.), and the organizers of Sound On Screen cannot be held liable for the unlawful use of such material in submitted works.
We keep all personal information confidential and secure, and will not distribute it to third parties, commercial- or private interests. Some of the information submitted may be used in various Flamedrop Productions / Cinemaniacs / Sound On Screen online and print publications as promotion (eg. images, trailers, movie press information).
If you do not want any information you have included in this submission made publicly available, please notify accordingly.
This certifies that you have read and understood these conditions and grant Flamedrop Productions / Cinemaniacs / Sound On Screen the rights to publicly exhibit you submitted film/video production.