The Swiss conference on film and media music 

is a new Swiss and European film music conference taking place during the Zurich Film Festival in 2021. The conference is organized by SMECA (Swiss Media Composers Association), curated by Michael Aust (SoundTrack_Cologne) and organized in cooperation with FFM (Forum Filmmusik), ZHdK (Zurich University of Arts) and SoundTrack_Cologne.

The primary goal of SoundTrack_Zurich is to present the work of Swiss and European film composers at eye level with their international colleagues.

SoundTrack_Zurich presents important film composers in two parallel strands over two days. In addition the conference hosts an array of panels, networking sessions, discussion rounds, case studies and workshops that take up current topics concerning todays film music scene. Another significant element is the networking of film composers with the international guests of the Zurich Film Festival.

New strong appearance: Film music at the Zurich Film Festival

For many years, the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) has been inviting important international film composers like Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Carribean, Lion King), Gabriel Yared (English Patient, Bruno Manser) and has had composers like Cliff Martinez (Drive, Solaris), Anne Dudley (The Full Monty), Don Davis (Matrix) preside the Jury of the International Film Music Competition. The annual film music concert at the Tonhalle Zurich has been one of the highlights of the festival. The Zurich Film Festival’s new artistic director Christian Jungen aims to open up even more to film music.

SoundTrack_Zurich (STZ) is closely linked to the ZFF and its guests as well as to the International Film Music Competition. With IMMSANE (International Media Music & Sound Arts | Network in Education) ZHdK hosts a platform for an international exchange about university education in film and media music.

In this sense, SoundTrack_Zurich acts as an umbrella brand for all film music activities that take place during the Zurich Film Festival.

SoundTrack_Zurich: Organisation
STZ is organised by SMECA and curated as an independent event by SoundTrack_Cologne, SMECA and Forum Filmmusik. STZ is organizationally and financially independent of the ZFF.

SoundTrack_Zurich is organised by SMECA in cooperation with:
Zurich Film Festival | SMECA Swiss Media Composers Association | SoundTrack_Cologne 17 | IMMSANE International Media Music and Sound Arts Network in Education | ZHdK Zurich University of the Arts | Forum Filmusik

SoundTrack_Zurich is kindly supported by (stand as 7 September 2020):
Confédération suisse | MediaDesk Suisse | Fondation SUISA | Swiss Perform | SUISA Genossenschaft der Urheber und Verleger von Musik | SIS Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung | FOCAL Stiftung Weiterbildung Film und Audiovision | Montreux Jazz Festival | WIFT Germany | SWAN Swiss Women's Audiovisual Network | AWFC Alliance for Women Film Composers | ECSA European Composer & Songwriter Alliance | DEFKOM Deutsche Filmkomponistenunion | Composers Club


Links to the cooperation partners:

Steering Committee:



  • Michael P. Aust, Curator SoundTrack_Zurich, STC
  • Simeon Ostberg, Production Manager, STC
  • Sebastian Lessel, Programme Management, STC
  • Julia Rutkovska, Head of PR, STC
  • Marcel Vaid, President SMECA, Programme Commitee
  • Lionel Baldenweg: Vice-President SMECA, Programme Commitee
  • Mirjam Skal Schnedl, Member of the Board SMECA, Programme Commitee
  • Marlon McNeill, Secretary SMECA
  • Reta Guetg, Head of Industry ZFF
  • Nicole Müller, Project Manager Event/Sponsoring ZFF