horror music


The horror music contest leans on all the creepy music that supports the expansion of the genre. Horror music as it is represented is diverse, and can lean on several forms as it works to express its message. The purpose of this category is to provide a platform where all horror composers can gain exposure for the message they work to share with the international horror community. Music compositions and film scores are awarded to expand that effort. Below are the submission requirements for the horror music contest:

  • You must be the original composer on the project. Any unauthorized use of another's work is considered both plagiarism and copyright infringement. Judges will explore whether the music project is original, being sold in mass production, or if the represented voices and or elements are a reproduction of another artists original or copyrighted compositions, so be sure you are the original creator.  

  • All music submissions for this category may lean on various forms to expand the audience's experience. Though this category is broad, we expect original work that expands the interpretations found within the genre. That said projects should work to support the genre and it's evolution among the international horror community.

  • Submissions for this category must be an audio file not to exceed five minutes of horror composition. Note that you may only submit one music clip per submission, however you may submit multiple entries to this category to reflect different projects.

  • All music projects must lean on and support the horror genre and the various sounds that represent it. That said new sounds and elements are encouraged to expand the audience's experience.

  • Each project submission must be complete, please review the submission checklist provided on the submission page.


All music project submissions are judged by the CTFF Judging Panel that determines the CTDA and CTEA recipients for each award category based on evaluation of the following elements:

  • Expands the Horror Genre

  • Uniqueness of Sound or Element

  • Originality and Creativity

  • Musical Composition

  • Sound Design Techniques

  • Sound Effects

  • Dissonance

  • Instrumental Design

  • Editing

  • Quality of Technical Execution

  • Commercial Appeal

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