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world’s first dedicated celebration of cinematic sound and music
The Short Sounds Film Festival is the world’s first dedicated celebration of cinematic sound and music.

The world is full of NOISE, loud, raw and unrelenting on our ear drums. Escaping it is nigh on impossible and in time it fades motionless to the background of our lives, HOWEVER…

… in the temple of cinema, the crude ore of NOISE is crafted by unsung masters into sculpted waves designed to wash sensually upon our ears with majesty and wonderment. Rich in resonance, subtle in sentiment and lasting in legacy, this mesmerising process has seen NOISE become SOUND.

The Short Sounds Film Festival is the world’s first dedicated celebration of cinematic sound and music. An event to champion the audio wizards that fill our heads with SOUNDS that make our heart race and SCORES that storm our souls. This October, join us in central Bournemouth for a programme of films richly authentic in their use of sound and music and a whole host of uniquely engaging experiential installations designed to challenge your very relationship with cinematic audio.

Come free your ears from the monotony of NOISE and tantalise them with the glory of cinematic SOUND

Submission open between 1st Feb and 17th Sept

 

Programme

Thursday 12th October

Friday 13th October

Sunday 15th October

All film screenings at PDSW. Venues for masterclasses, workshops and seminars may vary. Please check all event details for specific venue information. For venue locations click HERE

Buy Day Passes and Festival Passes HERE
(Please note: all festival passes exclude tickets to see Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail)

Tickets

You can purchase a standard festival day pass or a premium festival through our secure PayPal check out below. To purchase tickets for individual events, please check out the programme HERE.

Weekday Pass £20.00

Includes access to all talks, screenings and events week day of your choice (Thursday or Friday).

Premium Day Pass £65.00

Includes access to all talks, screenings and events week day of your choice + exclusive festival branded bag with the programme, coffee mug and festival T-shirt inside + free coffee at the festival + a bag of popcorn + a ticket to the festival award ceremony + after party on Friday.

Festival Weekday Pass £35.00

Includes access to all public events on Thursday and Friday + a ticket to the festival award ceremony + after party on Friday.

Premium Festival Pass £75.00

Includes access to all public events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (excluding the Blackmail screening) + exclusive festival branded bag with the programme, coffee mug and festival T-shirt inside + free coffee at the festival + a bag of popcorn + a ticket to the festival award ceremony + after party on Friday.

(Please note: all festival passes exclude tickets to see Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail)

Awards

The festival will grant the following awards for films screening in competition:

JURY AWARD 
The ‘Jury award’ is granted to the film exhibiting excellence in the fields of direction, writing, performance, cinematography, technical execution and use of sound design and music.

BEST SOUND DESIGN AWARD
The ‘Best sound design award’ is granted to films exhibiting exceptional and innovative use of sound. Judges mark against several criteria, including creation and use of sound effects, ambience and dialogue.

BEST SCORE AWARD
The ‘Best score award’ is granted to films with highly exceptional and original music composition. Judges mark against several criteria, including arrangement, production quality, emotional significance, synergy to picture and originality.

BEST SOUND EDITING AWARD
The ‘Best sound editing’ award is granted to films that demonstrate exceptional craft in the field of sound editing. Judges mark against criteria including aesthetic, composition and impact.

BEST SOUND OR MUSIC IN VR
The award for ‘Best Sound or Music in VR’ will be presented to experiences demonstrating cutting edge sound design, sound mixing and scoring in the delivery of narrative.

AWARD FOR BEST-COMBINED USE OF SOUND AND MUSIC
The award for ‘Best combined use of sound & music’ is granted to films that exhibit an exceptional relationship between sound design, sound editing and score. Judges will mark based on criteria including synergy between effects, atmosphere and music and the dynamic between sound, music and picture.

The festival also will be encouraging young or emerging composers with music cues not produced for picture to submit their work to be selected for the following award. Work submitted will be featured on the festival website and social networks and will be played to voting audiences in sound installations situated in the festival venues.

ORIGINAL SCORE NOT PRODUCED FOR PICTURE
The ‘Best original score not produced for picture award’ is granted to exceptional music created independently and not currently used in a finished film. This award intends to celebrate the creative works of composers writing music cues on spec or for libraries which goes largely unheard by mass audiences. Judges are marking on criteria including composition, arrangement, originality and impact. 

Submit

You can submit to the SHORT SOUNDS FILM FESTIVAL, a short film festival celebrating cinematic sound design and music, between
1st FEB – 17th SEPT using either Withoutabox or FilmFreeway.

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We are looking for authentic music and sound in NARRATIVE FICTION, ANIMATION and DOCUMENTARY shorts together with the
BEST ORIGINAL SCORES not produced for a picture.