Winner 2019 - Hubert Walkowski
The seventh edition of the international competition for young composers, announced and decided within the Krakow Film Music Festival, has been won by a student of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław!The winning suite by Hubert Walkowski for a fragment of the film Spoor will be performed during the Scoring4Polish Directors concert, which will take place on 16th May in the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.
The jury, chaired by Richard Bellis, a composer, educator, Emmy Award winner and member of the board of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Performers (ASCAP), also decided that the second place in this year's competition went to Piotr Szuber and third place to Jeffrey van Rossum. The success of the winners is all the more significant because they competed in a select group of artists from a dozen or so countries, such as Austria, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine, US and the United Kingdom.
The composition of the jury evaluating the competition works also included Rebecca Morellato (Vice-President for Film Music at 20th Century Fox film studio), Magdalena Wojewoda-Mleczko (Music Director of Radio RMF Classic, co-organiser of the Krakow Film Music Festival), Mateusz Bień (composer, sound engineer, software developer, Academy of Music in Krakow), Dan Goldwasser (soundtrack producer and journalist, founder of ScoringSessions.com), Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz (composer, author of the original soundtrack to the film Spoor), Krzysztof Zanussi (film, theatre and opera director) and Robert Piaskowski (Artistic Director of the Krakow Film Music Festival).
The works were evaluated in terms of technical (observing the scale of instruments and proper keys, indicating the cast and number of performers, the method of including notation with the notes, rhythm grouping, presence of dynamic and articulatory signs, etc.) and artistic (including the originality of musical language, interesting interpretation of the plot, accurate adjustment of music to the image). The winners of the competition will take part in closed workshops in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice and in open panels of the FMF Audiovisual Forum.
The main objective of the FMF Young Talent Award competition is to select talented composers of the young generation and present their achievements to the general public, as well as to representatives of the world film industry. To date, the winners have included Matthijs Kieboom (2013), Jan Sanejko (2014), Antonio Di Iorio (2015), Joep Sporck (2016), Paweł Górniak (2017) and Marco Valerio Antonini (2018).