The winner of the 7th German Documentary Film Music Award 2019

Filmstill from STRESS by Florian Baron

From five nominees, the jury selected the winner.

Jana Irmert receives the 7th German Documentary Film Music Award for her work on Florian Baron's film STRESS.

The German Documentary Film Music Award honours compositions that combine in a special way with the documentary narrative. It sees itself as a platform for the work of the composer.innen and the value of music as a narrative level in documentary films.

The prize, endowed with 5,000 euros, is donated by the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung and supported by the Förder- und Hilfsfonds des Deutschen Komponistenverbandes DKV.

From the jury's statement

"The special way in which Jana Irmert combines composition and film not only reflects the destructive tension and the permanent psychological state of alarm of the severely traumatised young war veterans, but also creates an important space for the sound of the words that characterises the content, thus creating an echo chamber for the audience's thoughts and feelings. In her soundtrack to STRESS, the composer dissolves the boundaries between sound design and musical composition in a virtuoso and at the same time self-evident way, thus creating a sound cosmos that, through uncompromising reduction, generates brutal knowledge."

The jury included last year's winner Damian Scholl (composer), Antonia Goldhammer (journalist), Alexander Kukelka (composer, conductor, pianist, author, director, music supervisor), Prof. Dr. Frizz Lauterbach (editor, Professor HMTM Munich), and Nicole Vögele (filmmaker).