The Dallas Chamber Symphony announces Sight of Sound – a New Kind of Film Competition

DCS continues to innovate, inviting filmmakers to create silent films for classical music masterpieces. Finalists to receive awards, cash prizes, and an April 29 concert screening. Submit entries at
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DALLAS - March 9, 2014 - PRLog -- While Dallas Chamber Symphony has become renowned for its innovative concerts which pair classic silent movies to newly commissioned musical scores, its new Sight of Sound International Film Competition explores the opposite of this creative cinematic process. Launched in January with a submission deadline of March 23, 2014, The Dallas Chamber Symphony is calling on all types of filmmakers from around the world to create new, short, silent films for some of classical music’s greatest masterpieces. Finalists will be eligible for cash prizes and the opportunity to have a live concert screening of their films as part of the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s season finale in April. Visit for more information or to submit a film.

“It has been our goal from day one to provide North Texas with an alternative to traditional symphonic performances and typical classical selections,” says Richard McKay, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Dallas Chamber Symphony. “The DCS has charted new territory by commissioning new works for classic films in its hugely successful live-to-film score series, and also by introducing audiences to orchestral performances at Dallas City Performance Hall. Sight of Sound is a logical, yet innovative next step in the continuing growth of our dynamic ensemble. With this new program, the DCS will continue to provide audiences with quality performances that are thought-provoking and truly unique.”

Participating filmmakers are challenged to create films that are set to, and inspired by, a piece of classical music (much like Disney’s Fantasia). Filmmakers may either submit a film for accompaniment with one of the competition’s 2014 music selections or enter a “Wild Card” submission to a piece of their choosing. A professional jury selects finalists, who will receive a live concert screening of their films at the Dallas Chamber Symphony’s season finale on April 29 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. At this event, films will be projected on a large screen above the stage, as the DCS performs the music score underneath.

Finalists are eligible to receive a $500 Audience Favorite Award (selected by audience members via text), as well as a $500 Best Picture Award, to be determined by the competition’s professional jury panel, including Mr. Dean Terry, Mr. Brian Satterwhite and Dr. Barbara Vance.

Filmmakers may apply and submit their films online at Applications can be submitted for a standard fee of $35 ($15 for students). Tickets are available for the Tuesday, April 29th 8:00 p.m. performance at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201). Individual tickets are available for $19-$44 each, $12 for students. Visit: or call (214) 449-1294. Tickets may also be purchased at the venue, the evening of the concert, starting at 6:30p.m.


Launched in September 2012, the Dallas Chamber Symphony is the newest professional performance ensemble in North Texas. Led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, it is comprised of close to 40 musicians, all dedicated to building a chamber orchestra whose mission is to perform a balance of programs that include underrepresented and standard repertory, contemporary music, staged works, and pieces with extra-musical elements, such as film, actors, dancers, and narrators. The DCS performs at the state-of-the-art Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. The DCS also provides educational and community programming, including an International Piano Competition at SMU, a free App for Apple devices in the App Store, and free pre-concert conversations. For more information, visit

Elizabeth Peichel
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