Dallas Chamber Symphony Debuts Sight of Sound Film Competition

While Dallas Chamber Symphony has become renowned for its innovative concerts which pair classic silent movies to newly commissioned musical scores, its new Sight of Sound International Film Competition explores the opposite of this creative cinematic process. Launched in January with a submission deadline of March 23, 2014, The Dallas Chamber Symphony is calling on all types of filmmakers from around the world to create new, short, silent films for some of classical music’s greatest masterpieces. Finalists will be eligible for cash prizes and the opportunity to have a live concert screening of their films as part of the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s season finale in April. Visit www.sightofsound.org for more information or to submit a film.

“It has been our goal from day one to provide North Texas with an alternative to traditional symphonic performances and typical classical selections,” says Richard McKay, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. “As the DCS has charted new territory commissioning new works for classic films in its hugely successful live-to-film score series, and also by introducing audiences to orchestral performances at Dallas City Performance Hall, Sight of Sound is a logical, yet innovative next step in the continuing growth of our dynamic ensemble. With this new program, the DCS will continue to provide audiences with quality performances that are thought-provoking and truly unique.”

Participating filmmakers are challenged to create films that are set to, and inspired by, a piece of classical music (much like Disney’s Fantasia). Filmmakers may either submit a film for accompaniment with one of the competition’s 2014 music selections or enter a “Wild Card” submission to a piece of their choosing. A professional jury selects finalists, who will receive a live concert screening of their films at the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s season finale on April 29 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. At this event, films will be projected on a large screen above the stage, as the DCS performs the music score underneath.

Finalists are eligible to receive a $500 Audience Favorite Award (selected by audience members via text), as well as a $500 Best Picture Award, to be determined by the competition’s professional jury panel, including Mr. Dean Terry, Mr. Brian Satterwhite and Dr. Barbara Vance.

Filmmakers may apply and submit their films online at www.sightofsound.com. Applications can be submitted for a standard fee of $35 ($15 for students). Tickets are available for the Tuesday, April 29th 8:00 p.m. performance at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201). Individual tickets are available for $19-$44 each, $12 for students. Visit: www.dcsymphony.org or call (214) 449-1294. Tickets may also be purchased at the venue, the evening of the concert, starting at 6:30p.m.

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