Video Requirements

The contestants participate in the first two rounds of the Allegra International Competition by uploading video recordings of their performances to an online video streaming platform (YouTube, Vimeo, Youku or similar). The video recordings must conform to the following requirements:

  • The video should clearly show the musician(s) performing the music. Contestants’ face and hands must be visible.
  • The video should be of high quality (720p or above).
  • The video should be public (no visibility restrictions).
  • The performance may not be made earlier than January 1st, 2021.
  • No video editing that seeks to misrepresent the performance is allowed. Such post-processing will lead to disqualification.
  • There is no specific requirement for the online video streaming platform (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Youku, etc.), as long as it is freely accessible from Europe.
  • There are no specific requirements in terms of venue or a dress code, as long as the performers are dressed in a neat and appropriate manner.
  • Different compositions may be recorded separately. It is advisable to assemble individual recordings into a single video link.


  • The decisions of the jury are final and indisputable.
  • All jury members have equal votes. The Jury Chairman’s vote is decisive if there is a tie.
  • The first round is preliminary, for which the jury casts only yes/no votes. Further rounds will use a point system to grade each contestant.
  • System of points: 1 – 25 where 25 = highest score, and 1 = lowest score; each juror gives scores in whole numbers without decimal points.
  • Each juror delivers his/her scores (only the number of points, written, with signature) to the Jury Secretary or Jury Chairman for the evaluation.
  • A maximum of 30 candidates will be admitted to the second round.
  • A maximum of six candidates with the highest amount of points will advance to the final round. If a tie occurs at the sixth position, i.e. the sixth and the seventh candidate receive an equal amount of points, the Jury Chairman will determine which one will advance.
  • The organizers of the competition will determine the order in which contestants will perform.
  • In the third round, jurors submit point-value scores only for their top three candidates.  In the event that two contestants receive an identical number of votes, the judges will add the points awarded in the second round to determine the winner. In the event that this process still results in a tie, the winner will be determined by the Jury Chairman.
  • All point-value results are visible only to the members of the jury. Furthermore, the jury is required to be discreet and not to share them with non-jury members.
  • The committee responsible for counting the votes consists of the Jury Chairman, the Artistic Director, and the Administrative Director of the Allegra Festival and Academy.
  • In the event of payment failure or underpayment, the contestant must proceed with the payment of the outstanding sum so that the required fee of € 120/100 is paid in full in due time. Failure to do so will result in elimination from the competition.
  • All submitted materials remain in possession of Allegra Festival and Academy and will not be returned.
  • Submitted materials written in languages other than English or Bulgarian must be accompanied by a translation into one of the languages indicated above.
  • By submitting an application, contestants authorize the organizer, i.e. the Allegra Foundation, to use all photo, video, and audio material of the competition at its discretion in order to advertise and promote the Allegra Festival, Competition and Academy.

The organizer reserves the right to amend the rules in accordance with any regulations imposed by the Bulgarian government concerning Covid-19.