German Documentary Film Music Award 2020: DIE LETZTEN ÖSTERREICHER

Sponsored by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung, supported by the assistance fund of the German Association of Composers (DKV)

This year the German Documentary Film Music Award goes to Klemens Bittmann, Christian Bakanic and Christofer Frank for their music for the film DIE LETZTEN ÖSTERREICHER by Lukas Pitscheider.

From the jury statement:

"In a round dozen musical islands, the trio creates a harmonious and perfectly integrated world of sound, which is atmospherically enchanting. What could have been a nostalgic journey to one of the last enclaves of the Habsburg monarchy, develops here - especially in the final title - into a successful synthesis of quoted folk sound and powerful compositional energy."

About the jury

The award winners

Klemens Bittmann (violin and mandola) and Christian Bakanic (accordion) studied music and work as freelance artists and composers. Christofer Frank trained as a sound designer and sound engineer in the USA and works as a freelance film composer, music producer and sound designer. All three prizewinners work in Vienna and Graz. Further information about them can be found on the artists' websites: www.klemensbittmann.at, www.christianbakanic.com and www.audio.co.at.

A prize for the Score of Reality (5.000 Euro)

Every year, the German Documentary Film Music Prize honours a composition that combines in an outstanding way with the documentary film narrative. It sees itself as a platform for the work of the composers and the value of music as a narrative level in documentary films.

The prize is endowed with 5,000 euros. The prize is awarded to a team of filmmakers and composers. The German Documentary Film Music Award is donated by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and supported by the Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes DKV.

An award for the score of reality (5,000 Euro)

The German Documentary Film Music Award honours one composition every year, which relates in an extraordinary way with the narrative of a documentary. It provides a platform for the works of composers and the value of music as an additional means for the narrative in documentary films.

The prize is endowed with 5,000 Euro. The awardees will be the team of filmmaker and composer. The German Documentary Film Music Award is sponsored by Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and supported by the assistance fund of the German Association of Composers (DKV).

The German Documentary Film Music Award aims at composers and filmmakers from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxemburg.

 

 

In retrospective

7th German Documentary Film Music Award 2019

STRESS

Director: Florian Baron
Composition: Jana Irmert

6th German Documentary Film Music Award 2018

BEUYS

Director: Andres Veiel
Composers: Damian Scholl und Ulrich Reuter

 

5th German Documentary Film Music Award 2017

6 JAHRE, 7 MONATE UND 16 TAGE – DIE MORDE DES NSU

Director: Sobo Swobodnik
Composer: Elias Gottstein

 

4th German Documentary Film Music Award 2016

DREAMS REWIRED

Directors: M. Luksch, M. Reinhart und T. Tode
Composer: Siegfried Friedrich

 

3rd German Documentary Film Music Award 2015

ABOVE AND BELOW

Director: Nicolas Steiner
Composers: Jan Miserre und John Gürtler, Paradox Paradise

2nd German Documentary Film Music Award 2014

MERET OPPENHEIM EINE SURREALISTIN AUF EIGENEN WEGEN

Director: Daniela Schmidt-Langels
Composer: Ulrike Haage

1st German Documentary Film Music Award 2013

SCHNEE

Director: August Pflugfelder
Composer: Sebastian Fischer