SoundTrack_Cologne 14 – Awards Ceremony and Winners

SoundTrack_Cologne 14 is over, and ended last Saturday 26th of August with an awards ceremony celebrated at Forum Volkshochschule in Museum am Neumarkt of Cologne.


Let’s do a summary and give a look at the awards presented during that night.



Since its very beginning the European Talent Award has been a central event of SoundTrack_Cologne, where the work of all competition participants, helped to create a new world of music and sound for a muted short film, showing how differently a soundtrack can tell a film (this year it was the short film “Little Thing” from Israel director Or Kantor).

The members of the jury were composer Claudius Brüse, sound designer Jef van Even, as representative of Chaussee SoundVision, Music Supervisor Robert Kraft, orchestra manager Corinna Rottschy of the WDR Funkhausorchester and producer and CEO of Kontrastfilm, Tidi von Tidemann.


The WDR Filmscore Award (European Talent Award) went to Thomas Chabalier, France, winning a one-day recording session of one of his own compositions with the WDR Funkhausorchester. As the jury stated:

Thomas Chabalier’s impressive and dynamic score to “Little Thing” excelled due to its effective support of drama while demonstrating high quality musical structure and a rich harmonic language. The occasionally comedic orchestrations paid precise attention to spotting details. The jury enjoyed in particular the impressionistic start and the fresh sounding jazz ending. The overall excellent mock-up quality presented the sound of the instruments in interesting and variable ways.”


You can listen to the music here:


An honorable mention went to Emer Kinsella, Ireland, and as the jury stated:

 “Emer Kinsella’s score for “Little Thing” demonstrated the pleasant usage of textures and created a good overall atmosphere. The dramatic arc created by the music was very good while also professionally leaving sufficient room in the soundtrack for sound design.”


An honorable mention of the SoundTrack_Cologne programming team went to Jessica Kelly, with the jury stating:

When the ETC talents send in their entries, usually the only vocals to be heard are those contained in choir samples … But this year there were two entries that were different: They were songs. Both songs were nicely done, but one of them was simply outstanding, since it manages to balance song and story, music and visuals in a most sophisticated way. To be honest: We faced the idea of a song with doubt, and we ended up being touched and impressed. That’s more than you could expect. So we informed the STC staff about their discovery – and the STC staff decided to express their respect to a truly promising new voice. A young female composer’s voice from Edinburgh, Scotland.


European Talent Award - Martin Chabalier, Jessica Kelly, Emer Kinsella




The Peer Raben Music Award went to Martin B. Janssen for his music for the film Still, directed by Adrien Boublil.

The members of the jury were film music agent George Christopoulos, director Mareike Wegener and film composer Gary Yershon.

Quoting the jury:

“The winning film is evidence of a high level of creative collaboration. The score’s dramatic arc and its narrative qualities were so powerful that the director and composer could take the artistic decision to remove the dialogue. The music sustains its beauty while supporting the very strong concept of the film.

The award for the best music in a short film is endowed with 1.500 Euro and remembers composer and SoundTrack_Cologne Honorary Award Winner Peer Raben (1940-2007) who was best known for his work for the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Martin B Janssen



SEE THE SOUND Award for Best Music Documentary 2017 goes to Liberation Day by Uģis Olte and Morten Traavik, that portraits in a very impressive manner the unusual journey of the Slovenian cult band Laibach to North Korea to perform a live show in Pyongyang during the 70th National Liberation Day of Korea, celebrating the end of Japanese occupation in 1945.

Liberation Day

To quote the jury:

The film gives us a surprisingly rare insight into the life of North Koreans living under a strict ideology. The band struggles to work within this dogma as they try to pass their songs through censorship while the situation at the borders of the split country heats up.”

The jury were last year’s winner Yoon-ha Chang (I Go Back Home – Jimmy Scott), film critic Jessica Düster and director Nicole Wegner. The prize was endowed with 2.500 Euro.

Liberation Day Trailer:


Best German Live Music TV-Show Award

For the second time SoundTrack_Cologne supported its commitment to high quality music presentation on TV with the prize for the Best German Live Music TV Show, for a TV format, not a specific single show, in the field of popular music.

The SEE THE SOUND Award for Best German Live Music TV Show went to Berlin live, a production of ARTE with 2.500 euros for the production company.

In the jury were Olaf Karnik, author, journalist and DJ, Fiona Latten, chief subeditor of and Sarah Roellinger, DJ Monibi and radio host at Campusradio Köln.

The Jury’s statement:

“The viewer feels like to be in the center of action – on the shoulders of a concert-goer with the best view of the stage, the reactions of the crowd or the club ambiance. Thanks to interesting camera work, illumination, directing and a glance offstage, Berlin live presents the authentic representation of indie concerts in a midsize Berlin location. For the future we can imagine an extension of the musical spectrum.”



At the end of the ceremony, composer Bruce Broughton received the Lifetime Achievement Award of SoundTrack_Cologne after a piano performance and presentation by composer Jean-Michel Bernard who stated that: “I consider Bruce a composer who belongs to the small circle of the “Hollywood Greats“, on the same level as Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Lalo Schifrin and John Williams, for example. Of course there is “Silverado“, “Young Sherlock Holmes“, “Heart of Darkness“ and so many other scores which have in common faultless quality and precision. Bruce must have Swiss ancestry…”

Lifetime Achievement Award to Bruce Broughton


Bruce Broughton received the award with a big applause from the audience and saying “I’m too young to receive this award! Does it mean I have done everything I should and I can stop composing music? Not at all! I will continue composing, and you have to promise me you will let me come again in another 20 years…. and have another Lifetime Achievement Award!!”.


SoundTrack_Cologne will come back 22-26 of August 2018 with its 15th edition. Mark the dates in your calendar!

SoundTrack_Cologne 14 - Ending