Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Launches ‘JIMFF OST Market’ to Support Rookie Film Music Composers

Presented by the 18th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival, 'JIMFF OST Market' (from now on referred to as 'OST Market') is the world's first market for film music composers to discover new talents and support the debut of up-and-coming musicians. Since 2006, in no less than 16 years, Jecheon International Music & Film Academy has produced more than 600 graduates. However, the names of those who are well-known in the industry are still very few because the industry is hesitant to hire an up-and-coming composer. Now is the time for the festival to take a step forward and blaze a direct trail into the film industry. For those who are talented but have not yet broken through the solid walls of the industry, the 'OST Market' will be a realistic and significant opportunity. In addition, upon each completed matching, production companies, investment companies, directors, producers, or other media industry personnel looking for emerging film music composers with original perspectives and fresh talent will receive up to USD 39,000 of music production funds out of the total amount of up to USD 195,000.

Just as the growth of the Korean film industry was made possible thanks to talented directors, a publicly accessible market for film music composers is essential to promote the film music industry. Therefore, Jecheon International Music & Film Festival will launch 'OST Market' for the first time in the world under the theme of 'Music Film' to create a gateway for film music composers to discover and support new talents to play the role of a significant incubator.

Definition of OST (Original Sound Track)
  • The term 'OST' is commonly used in Korea to refer to existing or original film music. However, to its full extent, OST refers to any song that appears not only in a film but also in a series, TV shows, or in games, and other forms of media content. The 'OST Market;' is not limited to those working in the film industry but also offers those working in OTT, web drama, animated films, and games the opportunity to participate in public pitching.
JIMFF OST Market Overview
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Title JIMFF OST Market
Date March 2022 - December 31, 2022
Details
  • Public discovery and support of the debut of new talented film music composers
  • Workshop program in which Performance Export participates as mentors
  • Music production fund awarded through matching opportunities
Participants
  • Graduates of the Jecheon International Music & Film Academy
  • Personnel from the Korean film industry
Budget - KRW 50,000,000 per project, KRW 250,000,000 in total
(Detailed qualifications and conditions to be announced)
Schedule Overview
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Call for Application
  • May 10 (TUE) - June 5 (SUN), 2022 (26 Days)
  • Online application on the festival website or by E-mail
1st Round
  • June 8 (WED) - June 9 (THU), 2022 / Result announcement on June 10 (FRI), 2022 (TBC)
  • The 3-member jury consists of 2 film music directors and 1 film industry expert
  • 10 applicants will be selected after the 1st round based on the application form and portfolio
2nd Round
  • June 22 (WED), 2022 / Result announcement on June 24 (FRI), 2022 (TBC)
  • The 3-member jury consists of 1 film music director, 1 film industry expert, and 1 showcase planner
  • 5 finalists will be selected after the 2st round based on the talent performance and interview
Workshop
  • 1st Round of workshop (orientation) scheduled on July 1 (FRI), 2022
  • Each participant will work with the showcase planner based on their own ideas for the showcase
  • 3 to 4 individual mentoring sessions with the showcase planner and the music director following orientation
Showcase
  • Public pitching by the 5 finalists
  • [During the festival] Date and venue to be announced later
Business Meeting
  • Finalists will have individual meetings with industry personnel who have registered for the market in advance or on site
  • [During the festival] Date and venue to be announced later
Network Party
  • A networking opportunity for film music composers, finalists, the jury members, and more
  • [During the festival] Date and venue to be announced later
Host & Organizer Jecheon International Music & Film Festival / Jecheon International Music & Film Festival Operation Committee