Artists nominated to the Award are loyal to the traditional art of composition, they create instrumentation independently, write pieces, that can stand on their own, and possess the ability to masterfully and creatively use the language of music, colour, tone and texture. The Award is presented to composers who, like Wojciech Kilar, treat film music as autonomous, giving it all the attention and focus. Composers who derive inspiration from folk music, and their national musical tradition, who put local style and identity above postmodern drive to globalize everything, including music. The criteria for choosing the Kilar Award nominees negate the film industry’s drive to industrialization of film music, and the primacy of artificial effects in film scores. Creating this award means taking a stand in the debate of clashing traditional way of composing, with its streamlined, business counterpart.
The reasons for establishing the Award are primarily nurturing the memory of Wojciech Kilar, signifying the importance of composer’s ethic in the interdisciplinary world of film, and denoting composers, who – just like Wojciech Kilar – are the unquestioned masters of this art form, as well as creating a strong image of Katowice and Krakow for the international film industry, and forming a strong cultural and cinematic collaboration between these two important cities.
The honorary patrons of the Kilar Award are some of Poland’s greatest filmmakers and musicians: Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański, and Krzysztof Zanussi, and the Expert Council consist of: Daniel Cichy, Editor-in-Chief of Polish Music Publishing House; Mateusz Matyszkowicz, Director of TVP Kultura; Andrzej Kosowski, Director of the Dance and Music Institute; Magdalena Sroka, Director of the Polish Film Institute; Magdalena Wojewoda, RMF Classic Program Director; Robert Piaskowski, Chairman of the Expert Council, and Krakow Film Music Festival Artistic director; Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Director of Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra; Piotr Zaczkowski, Director of Katowice City of Gardens.