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Musical video, Sound compositions/score, SFX Competitions


The competition invites compositors, DJ's, sound studios & music promoter, makers or producers of musical scores, amateur makers of musical video clips, singers, bands to organizations to enter this competition category.

Requirements: for video clips can be filmed either in High Definition (preferably) or other media (eg: iPhone/iPOD) and can be submitted in any format. Film scores/musical theme, any sound files (be it either songs or compilations etc) can be submitted in any un-compressed format (.aiff, .wav, .au etc) MP3's also accepted but will score less on quality.

Branded musical content meets Experimental media. This includes any kind of music, mixed on the background of motion graphics, idents, personal promotional work, commercial sequences, spots, title sequences, digital video clips/vidlets and work specifically designed for multiplatform distribution including the internet and mobile networks, DVD & CD media.

Something For Everyone
Every songwriter, or song entered will be awarded with a certificate, and details of their achievement and placement will get published. Plus, there could be a prize gifts for the winners & a runner-up including a Broadjam memberships and more, as well as the main winning prizes. But perhaps the main reason people enter this prestigious contest is the genuine and unique chance it offers to all songwriters to be noticed and discovered by those in the music industry. Many past entrants in other competitions have received royalty earning radio play for their entries and many more have been featured in the press, in radio interviews and on national TV, have been published, or have been signed and/or produced by top industry figures who closely follow this event looking for new talent. This is a real chance for new songwriters to break into the music business". We invite you to join us in one of the world's most prestigious, popular and important songwriting events...

Can register & enter in the "Script/Writer" category.


Festival Home Zone B - UK and Northern European submissions recommended to enter here

Zone B - European submissions

Fees - To be eligible to participate you must register online on any chosen plattform

Thank you & Good luck.


Pop, Rock, Adult Contemporary, Jazz/Blues, Country, Singer/Songwriter, Love Songs, Christian/Faith, R&B Lyrics Only, Instrumental, Open, Acoustic / Folk, Show Songs, Olympic Theme

TIP 1. If you are not sure what category your songs fall into please read the descriptions below. It may also help to take a look at some of the big internet music sales sites to see how they categorise the various artists and their music.

TIP 2: Have you thought of also entering your lyrics separately in Lyrics Only? Every year there are many recordings with strong lyrics that would have achieved very high results in Lyrics Only but the writers never thought of also entering that category.

Chart style top 40 popular music that could also include some slower pop ballads as well as more obvious up-tempo pop songs. This is the most commercial of all the categories and is for songs with mass (often younger) audience appeal.

Adult Contemporary - AC
Artists that are often described as AC include Amy Winehouse, Sting, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Celine Dion, Simply Red, Bryan Adams. Acoustic based singer/songwriter material could also be suited. Younger, edgier bands are often described as "Hot AC".

All types and styles of rock music and alternative and indie music. Contestants in this category include bands as well as solo performers and songwriters. Recordings can be of any type: eg studio, bedroom, garage or live.

Love Songs
These can be in any style at all - pop, rock, AC, country, disco, ballad, folk, opera, rock anthems, jazz, gospel - anything at all. The only rule is that the song must be about love.

Singer / Songwriter
Songs can be in any style. The only rule is that the songwriter sings the song. In this category the performance and vocals are also judged along with the songwriting. NOTE: This is the only category where the vocals are also judged.

This category is for Country music only. Country includes all the many different country styles and variations.

Jazz / Blues
All jazz and blues styles from jazz ballads to classic 12 bars, traditional, experimental and modern. This could also be a suitable category for contemporary jazz based easy listening styles, or heavily jazz influenced bands (eg Steely Dan).

Christian / Faith
All songs with a religious or faith theme including gospel, Christian, praise, worship etc. All musical styles - traditional, modern and alternative, choral to soul to rock. Christmas carols may be entered in this category or in Open/Miscellaneous (or both).

Lyrics Only
The category for lyricists. If you wish you may also add directions about the type of music/vocalist/presentation etc that you imagine accompanying your lyric (this is optional and not a requirement).

Olympic Theme
We introduced this category as we know some of you have written songs about the Olympics and have asked us for an opportunity to showcase them. We will feature the winners on our websites but please note that this is NOT an official Olympics contest - we have no connection with the Olympics 2012 organizers and we will not forward your songs to them

Acoustic / Folk
Acoustic unplugged type songs of any style. Also folk including traditional and easy listening folk/acoustic styles.

All styles and forms of instrumental music from classical to rock. Theme, film, jingles or mood music, songs without lyrics or improvisational - there are no limits. Any type of instrumentation - eg single acoustic instrument, all keyboards based or band/ensemble performances etc etc.

R&B / Urban
Contemporary R&B, Hip Hop styles, Rap and all Urban styles. If you feel that your songs may overlap with Pop or Adult Contemporary you may wish to also enter in those categories.

Show Songs
This category is for songs intended for or suitable for stage shows and musicals. Think Broadway and the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Rogers and Hammerstein.

As the title implies, anything goes in this popular category and there are no restrictions on what you may enter. The Open category is for songs that do not fit easily into any of the above categories. Past entries have included opera, ethnic and world music, Christmas carols, childrens' songs, educational songs and comedy. Remember - anything goes.

Other competition categories for Mobile Phone ads & iPODS can be found on our competitions & categories web page. Click here to go there (Competitions & Categories)

All participants or registered members please note, that all terms and conditions outlined online must be reviewed and agreed to


Please read the following Rules and Regulations carefully:

1. International entries from all countries are welcome. There are no limitations on age or nationality.

2. Songs should consist of the contestant's own work and should not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties - except that a song that contains elements of another work or samples from another work may be accepted provided this is made clear by the entrant on entry, but in such cases the unoriginal part will not be judged and only the original parts will be judged.

3. It is the entrants responsibility to check that all recordings and files are playing correctly before submitting their work and entants must check the recordings before entry. If faulty non playing recordings are submitted the entry will be marked void and there will be no refund. No changes may be made to song entries after submission. Contestants may enter as many songs in as many categories as they wish and there is no limit on the number of songs that may be entered. Contestants may also enter the same song in more than one category (a separate entry fee is required for each category entry). Entry fee is non-refundable.

4. Songs are judged based on composition. The quality of performance, vocals and production is not a consideration (with the exception of the Singer/Songwriter category where vocals/performance are also judged).

5. All prizes are non-transferable and will be awarded to the first name as it appears on the entry form. In the case of co-writers the fair division and distribution of prizes among writers is the responsibility of the winners. Responsibility for the fulfilment and delivery of prizes resides with the relevant partners and sponsors and the CIFF shall take no part in any disputes therein arising. The CIFF Songwriting Contest reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute any and all prizes with prizes of comparable value. The contest's obligations to entrants are to score each song, publish the results, list the winning writers and the winning songs, oversee the allocation of the winner's prizes and issue printable certificates online for each entrant, and no other services will be provided or are implied. The contest does not supply or offer individual critiques of songs entered.

6. Entry in the CIFF Songwriting Contest constitutes permission to use winners names, likenesses, recordings, videos and voices for promotional and publicity purposes on the CIFF Songwriting Contest websites and on other third party websites and in publicity and promotional materials and press releases. This permission can be withdrawn by the entrant at any time upon written request.

7. All entrants retain their full ownership rights and all copyrights to all songs submitted. Entering the contest will not affect ownership of songs. Songs may have multiple co-writers.

8. The judges decisions are final and binding and are not open to discussion and entrants agree by entering the contest to accept and abide by the judges decisions.

9. By participating in the contest entrants agree to be bound by these rules and by any subsequent published revisions of these rules and by the decisions of the CIFF Songwriting Contest which are final in all matters relating to the contest


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Fees - To be eligible to participate you must register online (select foreign films section)

Thank you & Good luck.

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