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