The competition have finished

Thank you for all contestants for participating on the first Pannonia Film Music Competition. We are glad and proud as over 130 works have been received in 2018. In a composing competition where such high requirements are exposed, this is a very nice achievement. For us this also a confirmation that these types of competitions are needed. Lot of great works have been received. The jury rating was anonymous and the evaluation was based on the following five criterias:

1. Concept for music placement (Where and how music is used to enhance the story)
2. Creativity (How they score the movie with unorthodox musical ideas)
3. Originality in style (How unique their musical style is)
4. Integrity (How they combine the classical and modern instruments)
5. Production quality (The quality of the audio mix, midi mockup and score)

We published the top 3 and the public vote winner below.
Congratulations for the finalists!



1st place

Michael Simon

Michael is a 39 years old emmy-nominated composer working in Los Angeles, California. He received his bachelors degree in Music Composition from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and went on to study at USC in their Film Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television programs. Since then he has worked on numerous film and TV projects, including most recently ABC's Once Upon A Time. (a longer bio can be found on

2nd place

Levente Kovács

LEVENTE participated at numerous international film scoring workshops, by which he had the opportunity to learn from successful composers like Alexandre Desplat, Harry-Gregson Williams and John Debney. Moreover he was a finalist at several international film music competitions such as Transatlantiyk (2015, 2016), Oticons Faculty (2015) and FMF Young Talent Award (2012 – 2016). he placed 2nd in the German Game Music Award in 2012, where his works were performed live at the final by the Youth Orchestra of Bremen.

3rd place

Ed Beesley

Ed Beesley is a classically trained percussionist, who, after composing in the theatrical world for several years, has moved to composing for all forms of screen media. His credits include many short films and idents for popular Youtube series

Public vote winner

Cali Wang

Born in Los Angeles but raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Cali Wang worked on various TV series, commercials and short films in Taiwan. In 2017, she was honored to receive the John Nordstrom Scholarship, and moved back to Los Angeles to attend USC Thornton’s Masters of Music program in Screen Scoring. She was also the receiver of BMI Pete Carpenter Fellowship 2018, and has been working for composers Chris Lennertz, Tim Wynn and Michael Kramer since.



Del Spiva (US)
Del Spiva (US)
Award-winning music editor
Arturo Cardelús (ES)
Arturo Cardelús (ES)
Award-winning film composer
Ádám Balázs (HU)
Ádám Balázs (HU)
Multi award-winning film composer
Szenthelyi Miklós (HU)
Szenthelyi Miklós (HU)
Multi award-winning violinist