The call for works and projects
is now open ! For the second time, the Phonurgia Nova awards will take
place in Paris at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France - François
Mitterrand. The jury will award 5 Prizes (for an amount of 7 500 €).
Many prestigious institutions are joining us for this new edition. Special
thanks to them and to all the other partners quoted below without which
this event could not exist.
Celebrating the best of french and international radio and sound art,
the jury is looking for "the crème de la crème"
of creative documentaries, radio drama, field recording, hörspiel,
audio pieces, archives recycling, installations and performances. All
details available on this page below.
Save the dates :
Opening of the contest and call for works: may 7th.
Deadline for submissions: july 31th.
Public listening days at the BnF in Paris (open to everybody) :
and 24th (Bibliothèque Nationale de France)
Reminder : last year, 199 productions, coming
from 17 countries, were entered in the prize. The winners’works
are available on www.sonosphere.org
Among the prizes awarded for acoustic creation, the Phonurgia Nova competition
has, since 1986, occupied a special place by virtue of its recognition
of artists whose work exploits sound as a medium for expressing the
real and the imaginary. The contest is open to all authors (independant
radio producers, musicians, composers, sound artists and multimedia
production teams). An international jury panel (made up of representatives
from the radio industry, the art press and the sound world) will judge
#02 CALL FOR WORKS
This year's competition will distinguish authors whose work manifests
a keen sense of sound and listening as means of expression. In that
frame, the criterions remain: “Radicality, boldness, audibility”!
As usual, the jury will consider all forms of inventive radio (documentary,
feature, fiction, essays, Hörspiel, experimental radio, etc.) and
all kind of works beyond the radio (like Field recording, Web works,
The jury will deliberate on two types of works :
1) completed production (granted with euros)
2) project (granted with residencies and workshops)
All preselected works will be broadcasted during the two days’
Festival in their integrality if they do not exceed 20 minutes. If the
piece is longer, an extract will be chose by the author for the broadcast
The jury will award 5 Prizes (for an amount of 7 500 €) :
1) The “Sound Art Award” of 2 000 €
(for the finalized production) .
2) The “Pierre Schaeffer Discovery Award”
of 500€ (for the finalized production) and several Phonurgia Nova
Workshops (for the projects) during summer 2018. Be carefull : this
category is only open for authors less than 30 years old at the date
of the registration.
3) The " Fiction Award " of 2 000 €
is granted by the french authors society, SACD. Details on this Prize
are available in the french version of this call for works.
4) The “Spoken archives Award” of 1 000€
granted by the BnF / Bibilothèque Nationale de France - François
Mitterrand (Paris). It will award an author or group of authors claiming
creative freedom in collecting and/or manufacturing the speech (without
any language restriction).
5) The “Field recording Award” of 1 000€
is granted by the " Musée de la Camargue" (Arles).
It will award an author or group of authors claiming creative freedom
in exploring the sound of nature, and intercation between humans and
In addition, 5 residency will be granted for innovating
projects, submitted as scripts, in thiese various areas. These residencies
woll take place at GRM/INA (Paris), GMVL (Lyon), Euphonia (Marseille),
and Phonurgia Nova (Arles)
The discussions of the jury are open to the public during two listening
days (23th and 24th of September at the BnF), but the final Jury decisions
are not subject to appeal. The awarded works and some others works belonging
to the final selection will be offered to the members of the EBU European
Broadcasting Union, and to the French radio non-profit networks, for
one free broadcast per station. The broadcasts will be declared to the
respective author's rights organizations.
#04 HOW TO APPLY
Each entry must be filled out in English or in French, and drop on the
following website Dropbox, https://www.dropbox.com/. A guideline is
available on request at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Each submission must include:
1 - the included entry form completed and signed off
2 - a biography of the author(s) and general information concerning
his (their) habitual manner of working.
3 - an authorization to participate from the production or the co-authors
of the works submitted
4 - a short description of the work submitted
5 - a sound file in good quality (wav)
6 - in the ‘project’ category: we expect a description and/or
“maquette” and/or a scenario of the project, accompanied
by any documentation which could inform the jury as to the intention
of the authors and the technical requirements of the project
7 - A transcription in English of the text included in the work, if
8 - for the “Pierre Schaffer Discovery award”, in addition
with the documents above, we ask for a copy of an identity card mentioning
the date of birth of the authors
Closing date for registration of entries: July, the 30th 2017.
We expect one application form by submission in the different categories
(and not one per author/producer).
An application form is available in PDF format from the link
REGISTRATION FORM 2017
#05 TRANSFER OF WORKS AND PROJECTS
Once the folder created on Dropbox and containing all required elements
mentioned below, you just have to share the link with the following
email address: email@example.com
#06 REGISTRATION FEES
Registration fee for the different prizes mentioned above = 30 euros
(and 15 euros for each work submitted to the “Pierre Schaeffer
All payment from outside France must be made by Paypal (using the following
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org) or by direct bank to bank transfer
to Association PHONURGIA NOVA, Bank: BNP Arles, 10 place de la République,
13200 Arles, IBAN : FR76 3000 4000 4400 0201 4673 195 / BIC BNPAFRPPNIM.
All bank charges must be prepaid. No refunds will be made.
#07 DEADLINES AND DATES
Applicants are asked to submit their productions by the 31th July 2017.
The Listening days will take place on September the 23th and 24th 2017
at the BnF / Bibliothèque Nationale de France, site François
Mitterrand (Paris, 13). Theses two days of listening are open to everybody.
Results will be announced on the evening of the last day and published
on our website. They will be given to all participants by email. The
terms of artist-in residence will be organized during the year 2018,
in accordance with dates chosen by the prizes’ winners. Prize
winning works will be auditioned or exhibited by Phonurgia Nova in 2018.
Authors must make sure that any participant or right owner has given
his agreement. The festival management is not legally responsible for
any damage caused on any piece of the entry. The Festival management
reserves the right to use any selected work in order to promote the
Festival. The completed entry form represents the candidate's consent
to the above rules and regulations. The french version of this text
will be taken in account in case of contestation.
# 09 A LISTENING ROOM
An online "listening room" on www.sonosphere.org enables visitors
to have access to some previous selected works.
# 10 SOUND ARCHIVES
All the materials received at the Phonurgia Nova contest will constitute
a permanent archive of audio works. This archive will be opened to the
public for free.
# 11 FURTHER INFORMATION
A blog will allow you to follow all steps of the selection on www.phonurgianova.blog.lemonde.fr
(mostly in French, sorry). For further information or any question,
feel free to email at email@example.com
further information about this competition, please feel free to contact
the Phonurgia Nova office in Arles :
39, rue Genive
Our warm greetings for the below institutions, communities, companies,
newspapers and media partner which support us and make this contest
possible. They allow us to follow our commitment for contemporary sound