The €30,000 Köster Award
For a music video!

To celebrate the inauguration of the REALTIME International Festival for New Music, the REALTIME Forum for New Music will award the first ever Köster Prize (€30,000) for the best music video submitted. A qualified jury will select the winning contribution from all the submissions and present the prize on the last day of the festival.


Contemporary music made visual.

Sounds, noise, rhythm, little fragments of melody: In our everyday life we are surrounded by music, even if we aren’t paying attention. The contemporary music puts the sounds of our everyday life into context. It renders the familiar strange the listener into new worlds and invites them to listen with new ears.

The REALTIME International Festival for New Music has a goal:

We want to raise the profile of contemporary music. In the commercial music industry, videos have been a part of everyday business for quite some time. Contemporary classical music, on the other hand, is rarely associated with video.

The REALTIME International Festival for New Music is running a festival competition in collaboration with the Filmbüro Bremen.

Contemporary Music is fascinating, unusual and novel – and it is time for it to receive new artistic interpretations. This movie award is open to all artists who seek to interpret contemporary music in a visual form. All types of visual realization, whether film, video or animation, are welcome. The amount of prize money is not intended to reflect the expected cost of the production. The prize is awarded solely on the basis of artistic merit.

Artists can choose one of the pieces listed below for their visual composition. Please note you can submit a musical video for only one of the pieces.

Further information here

The submissions will be presented on the last day of the festival. The winner will receive € 30,000: the highest-value award for a music video in the field of classical music. Participants under the age of 25 will also be eligible to win the Junior Award.

Birkholz, Claudia Janet: Something yellow- and a little bit green
for piano, toy piano and tape
Claudia Janet Birkholz, piano and toy piano


Cho, Sunjoo: “Imjae II“ Part 1
Bremer Schlagzeugensemble


König, Gero: Chordeograph_AR_workshop_excerpt
Gero König, Chordeograph


Lindemann, Stefan: Intrada E Danza
for alto flute in G und Violoncello
Ensemble New Babylon
Chloé L’Abbé (flute)
Lynda Anne Cortis (Violoncello)


Nashashibi, Ezzat: Luft und Holz II
for flute, clarinet and tape 4:39
Ensemble New Babylon
Chloé L’Abbé (flute)
Martin Abendroth (Clarinet)


Petersen, Regin: Shapes & Sizes 2011
Ensemble Kwartludium,
Dagna Sadkowska (Violin)
Piotr Nowicki (Piano)
Robin Rimbaud Scanner (Electronics)


Attention all artists!

Now it’s time to show us how creative you are: apply with your contemporary video for the chance to win the €30,000 prize. A specialist jury will pick the overall winner amongst the submissions. The winners will be announced at the festival’s grand gala on Sunday, as will the winners of the Best Newcomer/New Talent and Audience Awards.

Apply now.

30.000 € Köster-Prize