SAGindie & Helix Collective

Film Music Connect


SAGindie and Helix Collective are accepting short film applications for FILM MUSIC CONNECT, a partnership program matching indie filmmakers with professional composers.

Following an introductory workshop on the basics of film music, you will get to choose your composer from a pre-vetted list and create an original score for your film. You’ll be guided through the process of watching composer reels, meeting composers, making your final selection, and communicating with your music team.

You’ll work together to create music that is ideally suited to your project. The composer will score the soundtrack for Helix Collective, a 6-member ensemble with winds, strings, piano, and percussion. The score will be professionally recorded for use in your film.

Guiding you through the process is Helix Collective, a non-profit organization that has produced the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival for seven years and has worked with over 50 film composers and directors on original scores.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Maximum runtime of 10 minutes (including credits)
  • Signatory under a SAG-AFTRA agreement (Student Film, Short Project, New Media, or Micro-Budget Agreement). The film’s SAG-AFTRA production ID number must be included with the submission.
  • Questions? Email us.

The submission window has now closed. Please check back or sign up for the SAGindie newsletter to hear about future opportunities.


To enquire about joining the composer roster, contact Helix Collective here.

“Film Music Connect was really invaluable for finding the tools to effectively communicate with our composer.”
-Mandy Fabian


Film Music Connect Alumni

  • LAST CHANCE MOMS (director: Mandy Fabian; producers: Sarah Chaney, Heather Olt; composer: Logan Stahley)
    • Official Selection, HollyShorts Film Festival; Official Selection, Catalyst Story Institute Festival; Official Selection, Dayton Independent Film Festival; Official Selection, Women’s Comedy Film Festival Atlanta; Best Picture Award, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival
  • FUTURE FRED (director: Brent Katz; composer: Annie Rosevear)
    • Official Selection, Austin Comedy Film Festival; Official Selection, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival
  • THE PROMPOSAL (director: Traci Carter Holsey; composer: Cora Chung)
    • Official Selection, Rhode Island Black Film Festival; Official Selection, Golden State Film Festival; Official Selection, Hollywood Gold Awards; Official Selection, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival
  • SILT (director: Emilie Upczak; producer: John Otterbacher; composer: Nathalie Bonin)
    • Narrative Jury Award, Houston Cinema Arts Festival; Special Jury Award, Independent Film Festival Boston; Audience Award, Feminist Border Arts Film Festival; Official Selection, Chicago Underground Film Festival; Official Selection, Charlotte Film Festival; Official Selection, Santa Fe International Film Festival; Official Selection, Denver Film Festival; Official Selection, Dallas International Film Festival; Official Selection, Hawaii International Film Festival; Official Selection; Centre Film Festival; Official Selection, Green Film Festival of San Francisco; Official Selection, Mother Tongue Film Festival; Best Score Award, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival
  • GONE TURBO (director: Allison Volk; composer: Logan Stahley)
    • Official Selection, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival

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