David Arcus is a film composer based in Toronto Canada. He likes to write for orchestra, and guitar, and weird 80s synthesizers. Sometimes he'll just make bizarre sounds and build a score out of that. He likes the sound of analog tape even though it's expensive and impractical. He is also a producer. A little while back he was nominated for a Juno award for the album Flores, Tambores e Amores by Aline Morales, which he co-wrote and produced.


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I'm very excited to announce I've been selected as a finalist in the 2017 International Film Music Competition! Participants from around the world were invited to compose an orchestral score for the 5-min short film TAMAH and the 5 finalists get to hear their scores performed by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in front of a live audience as part of the Zurich Film Festival. I couldn't be more excited to hear my score performed live by the Tonhalle. Congrats to my fellow finalists!



  • True Fiction (with Michelle Osis, in production) feature film
  • The Haircut (2018) short film, official selection Hot Docs Film Festival
  • Knuckleball (with Michelle Osis, 2018) feature film, official selection Fantasia Film Festival
  • Consume (with Michelle Osis, 2017) short film, official selection Calgary International Film Festival
  • Incommunicado (2017) short film
  • Great Great Great (2016) feature film, winner of Best Feature, Best Performance in a Feature, Best Screenplay, Canadian Film Fest
  • You Are Here (2016) short film, Regent Park Film Festival
  • The Sisters Tolchinski (2016) short documentary, official selection Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Hobnails and Hemp Rope (2016) short documentary
  • Fire Song (2015) feature film, official selection Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Cinefest Sudbury, ImagiNative
  • Drift (2015) short film
  • Cindy (2105) short film, BravoFact
  • Vita (2015) “TV teaser” short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • Mary Kills People (2015) “TV teaser” short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • Vincent (2015) “actor showcase” short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • Keely (2015) “actor showcase” short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • The Nearby (2014) “director teaser” short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • The Strongman (2014) “writer teaser” short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • Road to E (2014) short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • Escape Plan (2014) short film, Canadian Film Centre
  • The Foreigner (2014) short film
  • Dear Theo (2011) short film
  • Kerry For Dinner (2010) short film
  • Wave a Red Flag (2009) Short Film – National Film Board of Canada
  • A Small Thing (2008) Short Film – Winner, Best Short Film, ImagiNative Film Festival
  • Hello Faye (2006) Short Film – Winner, Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award; Official entry, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, 2007
  • Marnie Love (2005) short film, official entry Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival


  • 1001 Ways to Wonder (web series, 2016-) composer
  • Bargain Brothers Theme music
  • Life Story Project (OWN, 2013) Theme music
  • Murder in Paradise (Cineflix 2013) composer, 3 episodes
  • Backyard Inventors (Corus, 2012) contributing composer, 2 episodes
  • Love Hunters (Gorilla Media, 2012) contributing composer, 2 episodes
  • Are We There Yet? (Sinking Ship, 2011) composer, 3 episodes



  • Cineplex (2016) A Balloon for Ben
  • Cineplex (2015) Lily and the Snowman
  • Heritage Minutes (2014) Jaques Cartier
  • Cadbury (2013) Bubbly
  • Coca Cola (2012) Living Positively Arctic