August 4, 2017

Ryuichi Sakamoto Wants to Score Your Short Film and Give You $5K

The composer behind 'The Revenant' has teamed up with Apichatpong Weerasethakul to give out awards totaling $5,000 cash.

This past spring, Ryuichi Sakamoto released his album async, which he described as a “soundtrack for an imaginary Andrei Tarkovsky film.” Today, he announced the async Short Film Competition, in which he asks filmmakers to create a movie around his music.

The short films will be judged by Sakamoto and acclaimed filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). In addition, one filmmaker will be given an “Audience Award” based on the following method: One point for every time the submitted film is played on Vimeo; 10 points for every “like” on Vimeo; and 10 points for every “like” on Facebook by September 30th, 2017. 

Sakamoto will decide on a winner based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Unique expression of the relationship between the music and the images
  • The general appeal of the film

This winner will receive:

  • The license to use one piece of new music composed and produced by Ryuichi Sakamoto for your next film project. (The rights of this music will be retained by Ryuichi Sakamoto and his management.)
  • A $3,000 USD cash prize.
  • The film will be included in the 5.1ch Blu-ray edition of async.
  • The film will be introduced as a promotional film on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s official site, sitesakamoto.com, the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the Japanese label Commons and the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the international label Milan Records.
  • 10 signed albums chosen by Ryuichi Sakamoto from his discography.
Credit: Kick the Machine

Apichatpong will decide on a winner based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • The general appeal of the film

This winner will receive:

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul will serve as an advisor for your next film project.
  • A $2,000 USD cash prize.
  • The film will be included in the 5.1ch Blu-ray edition of async.
  • The film will be introduced as a promotional film on Ryuichi Sakamoto’s official site, sitesakamoto.com, the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the Japanese label Commons and the official website and YouTube/Vimeo channels of the international label Milan Records.
  • The vinyl and CD box set which includes soundtracks from Apichatpong’s film and video pieces, entitled “Metaphors, Selected Soundworks from The Cinema of Apichatpong Weerasethakul.”

The application deadline is September 30th, 2017. The contest is open to everyone and there is no entry fee. The winner will be announced on November 15th, 2017. For more information, check out the competition's website.      

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This. Is. Awesome. Everything about this.

August 4, 2017 at 11:03AM

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John Haas
Cinematographer
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All the competitions who use the "Likes" method they are unfair to the value of creativity. i'm telling you.

August 4, 2017 at 11:41AM

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Aldo Amine
Filmmaker
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that's just the audience award which is basically an honorable mention here.

August 4, 2017 at 3:57PM

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aron
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Well to each his own, but this "score" did anything but inspire. The junior high alternative music kids could have created something more inspiring. Ryuichi, just kind of phoned that one in hey buddy.

August 4, 2017 at 1:31PM

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are you referring to the one track NoFilmSchool posted or the full 14 track album? If the latter I think you might be the one phoning it in.

August 4, 2017 at 3:56PM, Edited August 4, 3:56PM

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aron
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Ryuichi has major talent ... just can't see it in the above track ..more tracks to choose from couldn't hurt..in any event I'm not the one trying to get people to create a short around some arbitrary track ... which is backwards to how movies are scored

August 4, 2017 at 4:05PM

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Lol, I'm saying the contest is for any two songs on the 14 song album. That NoFilmSchool decided to post one track and that you decided to not read what the contest actually is is another matter.

August 5, 2017 at 2:31AM

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aron
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No fee to enter but you have to buy the music? Is there a download link to the async album?

August 4, 2017 at 7:36PM, Edited August 4, 7:39PM

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they're all on youtube and probably spotify

August 5, 2017 at 2:32AM

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aron
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Thanks for the response. Yes the tracks are there but not a free download for use in this contest it seems...

August 5, 2017 at 2:49PM

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where we will get the music ?

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