Call for entries: German Composition Funding Award 2020

Few projects have so far focused on the collaboration between filmmakers and composers.

In order to strengthen this unique artistic alliance and promote the development of contemporary compositions, the Marketplace awards a 2,500 Euro prize for documentary film and composition. The award is sponsored by SONOTON Music.

The grants are awarded to musician from the German-speaking region for the development of the score for a documentary film in the making. The aim is to support the development of the composition and the recording of the music for this project.

A team consisting of composer and filmmaker can apply.

The pre-selection will take place via Marketplace. The pre-selection jury consists of an interdisciplinary committee consisting of composers, producers, editors and other creative artists.

As part of a closed event, up to five projects will be presented at the festival in May 2020. The invited teams will have the opportunity to present their projects to a panel of experts. At the end of the day, the selection committee decides in a closed meeting who will receive the funding.

The prize sponsor: SONOTON Music

For more than 50 years, SONOTON Music has stood for top-class production music - both technically and musically. With over 50 international agencies, SONOTON is the world's largest independent provider of professional production music.

Submission process

Please submit your project via the regular submission form of the Marketplace.
Submission details

The submitters undertake to use the grant amount solely for composition and recording in the event of the award and not to allow it to flow into the production budget of the film project.

Submission deadline is 3rd February 2020.



Flora Roever
Head of Marketplace

Sina Weber

Tel.: +49 (0)89 – 51 51 97 86


Review: German Composition Funding Award 2019

Max Sänger, Regisseur von MAU KE MANA – OR: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? and jury member Alexander Kukelka

The German Composition Award 2019 went to Max Gausepohl for the composition project for MAU KE MANA - OR: WHERE ARE YOU GOING? (Director: Max Sänger).

"Between Max Sänger and Max Gausepohl we feel a strong artistic force with which they embark on a courageous journey to Papua New Guinea," the jury said in their statement. "In the microcosm of the rainforest, director and composer search for the 'sound of wood' in all its facets and immerse themselves in the unbelievable space of experience of the woodcutters living there. The driving force behind this project lies in the abolition of the boundaries between the material and the immaterial, between sound design and music, between economy and myth, and finally between the documentary and the fictional. We see great potential in the interaction of direction and composition and are embarking on this promising journey."

The nominated projects 2019



Antonia Goldhammer, journalist
Alexander Kukelka, composer, pianist, author, director, music supervisor
Prof. Dr. Frizz Lauterbach, editor, lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
Ulrich Reuter, composer
Nicole Vögele, filmmaker