European Talent Competition
A big THANK YOU for your entries!

SoundTrack_Cologne 13 is looking for young and upcoming composers and sound designers for the the 2016 EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION.

SoundTrack_Cologne is organising the EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION again in 2016 - a competition for the best short film soundtrack by young composers and sound designers in the category of WDR FILMSCORE AWARD and SOUND DESIGN. We are looking for independent and original interpretational approaches to narrative and picture level support. There are no stylistic restrictions. What matters most is the creation of a unique world of music and sound.

Contestants may work together as a composer and sound designer team.

The winner of the WDR FILMSCORE AWARD receives the opportunity to record their original composition with the WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne. For many young composers this could be their first opportunity to record with a top orchestra and to utilise this as their film-score business card.

The award recipient for best SOUNDDESIGN receives a 5.1 cinematic mixing session in a prestigious sound mixing studio in Germany.

Entry deadline for the competition is June 17, 2016.

In context of SoundTrack_Cologne, twelve finalists and their works will be presented to the jury and audience at the festival Saturday, August 27, 2016. The award ceremony takes place within the framework of the official gala evening on August 27, 2016.

The contest is open to all active students in the fields of sound, music and/or composition at a European film or music school (without age limit) or young creatives up to 30 years of age.


Animated film „WRAPPED“ by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann:

To participate in the EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION in the categories WDR FILMSCORE AWARD and SOUNDDESIGN, the contestants are to create a new soundtrack for a short film provided by SoundTrack_Cologne.

This year, the animated film „WRAPPED“ by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann was selected for the competition. The duration of the movie is 4:08 minutes and it was produced at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Kaelin, Paeper and Wittmann tell with their multiple award-winning movie a story about the circle of life. With animated graphic power the movie shows the apocalyptic dimensions of a plant wrapping the whole planet earth. It doesn’t leave the audience hopelessy though by offering a new beginning after the end. The rampant growth of the plant, the break-down of a metropolis, the taking-over of the earth and the new beginning of the circle of life offer a challenging basis for a new soundtrack.




Visual Art and Realization: Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper, Florian Wittmann
Composer Original Music: Stefan Wiedmer
Duration: 4’08’’
Date and country of production: 2014, Germany

You can watch the teaser of the movie right here.

You can find the participation regulations through this link.