Movie Music Competition

The Garden State Film Festival Movie Music Competition







Best Orchestral End Theme

Title: Narcan (End Scene)

Performed by:  Michael Edwards

Composer:  Michael Edwards


Best Pop Song from a Feature

Title: We Are Waiting

Performed by: Alyssa Lee Lewis

Composer: Paul Lewis & Michel Grey 


Best Rock Song

Title: Cracked House

Performed by: Jon Cells

Composer: John Neulinger



Best Score  from a Short Drama

Title: Mind Over Murder

Performed by: Bryson Kemp

Composer: Bryson Kemp



Best R&B/Soul Song

Title: Hey Hey Sister

Performed by: Fall Risk

Composer: Alex Mebane



Best Vocal Song from an International Short Film

Title: Don’t Show You Cried

Performed by: Belen Vivero 

Composer: Belen Vivero


Best  Dramatic Orchestral Theme

Title: Souvenir

Performed by: Evvie Halpert, Augusto Diemecke, Alejandra Diemecke, and Jacquelyn Timberlake

Composer: Masa Gibson


Best  Melodic Theme

Title : Main Theme from “A Hope for Hartly”

Performed by: Brian Katona

Composer: Brian Katona


Best Score For A Documentary

Title: Gold Balls – Grass Courts

Performed by: Catherine Grealish, Sarah Perlman, Karin Choo, Mishkar Nunez-Mejia, Gay Dexter, Annie Roberts, Pierre Derycz, Michael David Marcus, Terri Cole, Richard Reed, Adrian Witherspoon, Vince Green.

Composer: Catherine Grealish


Best International Instrumental

Title : For Her – Original Score

Composer: Jarkko Hietanen




 SUBMISSIONS OPEN JUNE 1 FOR 2018..deadline December 1, 2017

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 film and it will be judged by music professionals with awards in multiple categories. Please submit a CD of any original music track (one entry/one track per CD 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!).

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

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

**HINT: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.

*** Please keep in mind we are ahead of the pack on this competition and you will asked a lot of questions about the film..just do the best you can and know we are really only interested in the music for this one! Good Luck!

( Think “Laura’s Theme form Dr. Zivago…it’s the first thing you think of when you hear the film title…we are looking for music that stands on it’s own not necessarily sound effect tracks if you catch my pun intended!)