Movie Music Competition

The Garden State Film Festival Movie Music Competition

And the 2019 Winners are………





Best Theme From A Comedy

“He’s A Beautiful Boy (Theme from Lil’ Balzac)”
Performed by: Jan van Oene, Evan Lincoln, and Shannon Burke
Composer: Jan van Oene

Best Orchestration from a Documentary

World Water Puerto Rico – Main Theme

Composer: Kenneth Blaine                                                                                                             Performed by: Kenneth Blaine

Best Theme from a Home Grown Feature

“The Hospital Room”
Composers: Alan Parness & Larry Weissblum
Performed by: The Stonebridge Jammers

Best Orchestration from an Animation

Title: “Never Give Up
Composed, orchestrated and conducted by: Sandrine Rudaz
Performed by: Seattle Studio Musicians

Best Musical Score from a Short

“Circus Fantasy” 
Composer: Kevin Stahl
Conducted by: Kevin Stahl

Best Musical Score from a Feature                                                                                        Fox Medicine”                                                                                                                                  Composer :  Josh Coffey and Otto Sharp                                                                                  Performed by:  Josh Coffey,Otto Sharp,Stephen Montgomery

Home Grown Alternative Rock

” How the Hell am I Getting Home?”                                                                                       Composer: Milan Lazistan                                                                                                                    Performed by: Milan & The Sour Goat                                                                                                III, John Busse, Edwin Estevez Jr.

Best Ballad From a Short

” Wild One” (The Ballad of Brando)                                                                                      Composer: Philip Curcuru                                                                                                        Performed by:  The Atomik Age Project                                                                                              

Best Pop Song                                                                                                                                ” Far Away Places ”                                                                                                                       Composer: Toni Cornell                                                                                                                 Performed by: Toni Cornell   

Best Orchestration From An Animated Short

“Skip Rescues Pip”
Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo

Best Musical form a Home Grown Student Film – Elementary School

“MP News Theme”
Composer: Robert Shiffman

Best Home Grown Pop Duet

“Theme from That’s Life”



 SUBMISSIONS For 2020 will  OPEN June 1-Decembr 1, 2019

GSFF is proud to be the first film festival to recognize the vast and varied achievements of musical composers, in the art of film making. Music sets its own backdrop, creates a mood, conveys attitude and emotion, re-enforces action and rounds out the complete vision of the film. Movies without music are as unnatural as movies without popcorn.

This is the first competition of this kind in Film Festival History. Submit any original movie music from an independent or other film, TV, Web Series and it will be judged by music professionals with awards in multiple categories. Please submit a CD or upload the track of any original music track (one entry/one track per CD or upload please!) from any of the film categories (please specify what category the film falls under -Documentary, Feature, Animation, etc. – but do NOT send us the actual film! We want the music to stand on its own merit!). It is not necessary for the film the music is from to be entered in the festival. This is a competition all about the music!

To submit your piece of original music from a film please go to

Or you can submit via as well.

You may choose to upload the music or mail it to us.

If you choose to mail it, please mark the outside of the package MUSIC COMPETITION with the Tracking ID. If you have any questions please contact us DIRECTLY at or 877-908-7050 – do NOT contact Film Freeway or Withoutabox Customer Support about this particular category. We are happy to answer any and all of your questions!

**IMPORTANT: WAB will kick your entry out unless the title of this project is different than the film if it was entered as well. For instance please change the name of the song to ” Blahdeblah the Music Track” if the film “Blahdeblah” was also entered.