Sight of Sound

Dallas Chamber Symphony solicits entries for classically inspired film competition

Dallas Chamber Symphony solicits entries for classic film competition

Dallas Chamber Symphony presents Sight of Sound
The Dallas Chamber Symphony's Sight of Sound Film Competition culminates in the main event on April 28, 2015, at Dallas City Performance Hall. Photo courtesy of Dallas Chamber Symphony

The Dallas Chamber Symphony has put out a call for entries for its second annual Sight of Sound Film Competition, which asks filmmakers around the world to submit new, short, silent films that are set to and inspired by a piece of classical music.

Filmmakers can choose from one of nine music selections to score their film, or they can pick an alternate classical composition that inspires them. In fact, DCS has very few hard-and-fast rules for the competition. They welcome a variety of film styles, including narrative, abstract, animation, live action and more.

They do suggest that films stay within a three- to 10-minute time range and exhibit a strong connection between sound and picture in order to impress jurors the most. Complete competition guidelines can be found at, where filmmakers can also see sample films, including last year’s winner.

At the actual Sight of Sound event on April 28 at Dallas City Performance Hall, the finalists’ films will be screened while the Dallas Chamber Symphony performs the music live-to-film onstage. A $500 Audience Favorite Award, selected by attendees via text, and a $500 Best Picture Award, selected by the jury, will be given out.

As a bonus, all quarterfinalists and finalists’ films will be dubbed with the orchestra’s professional musical recordings, and the filmmakers can use those versions however they see fit for the rest of their lives.

“It has been our goal from day one to provide North Texas with an alternative to typical symphonic performances,” says Richard McKay, artistic director and conductor of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. “Sight of Sound provides an amazing opportunity for artists to create new films for pairing with some of the greatest masterpieces in classical music.

The deadline for original entries is March 1, 2015.