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The 10th FMF has ended!

Sixty world and eleven Polish premieres, eighteen concerts, four film screenings including two with live music, fifty three composers and fifty hundred and fifty performers playing more than six hundred instruments – this is a balance of the 10th Film Music Festival in Krakow, which yesterday came to an end. More than thirty five thousand people enjoyed the week-long celebration of music and film.

We have planned the jubilee edition of the FMF as a multi-faceted event, so as we could ”touch all kinds of screen music and put together everything that has built our brand over the years”, explains Robert Piaskowski, FMF Artistic Director. There was great symphonic music -- a monographic concert of Abel Korzeniowski’s works, the Birthday Gala All is Film Music with the greatest film music hits, the suites from Star Wars by the FMF Youth Orchestra and the FMF Youth Choir which had its debut this year; atmospheric piano improvisations (Cinematic Piano interpreted by the French pianist Jean-Michel Bernard and his guests); great film shows (outdoor screening of Tony Scott’s Top Gun, the Polish premiere of Matt Schrader’s Score: A Film Music Documentary, simultaneous screenings of iconic megahits – Wolfgang Petersen’s Neverending Story and James Cameron’s Titanic with live music) and the spectacular open-air show Dance2Cinema: A Midnight Express with Giorgio Moroder, with the star of the evening as a DJ.

 

Top soundtracks of the world cinema resounded at eighteen festival concerts – from truly iconic John Williams’ iconic Star Wars, Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek’s The Dreamer, to the most recent scores written for large and small screen (Justin Hurwitz ‘s Oscar-winning La la Land and Abel Korzeniowski’s Penny Dreadful). In total, over two hundred and thirty music pieces by fifty three film music composers could be heard during the 10th FMF. Many composers accepted invitation to our jubilee. Oscar winners Howard Shore, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Giorgio Moroder came to Krakow on this occasion. Abel Korzeniowski, Klaus Doldinger, Brian Tyler, Trevor Morris, Jean-Michel Bernard, Sean Callery, Atanav Valkov and Maciej Zieliński were also our special guests. Acclaimed orchestras and choirs, including Sinfonietta Cracovia, Beethoven Academy Orchestra, Pro Musica Mundi, Cracow Singers and the Boys Choir of the Krakow Philharmonic appeared on stage under the baton on great film music conductors – Christian Schumann, Diego Navarro and Ludwig Wicki. The stars of the Polish music scene also accepted our invitation: Edyta Górniak (songs: Beyoncé’s Listen from Dreamgirls and Céline Dion’s Oscar-winning song My Heart Will Go On from Titanic) and Natasza Urbańska (James Newton Howard’s The Hanging Tree from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay).

 

As many as twenty panels, workshops and meetings with composers were held under this year’s Audiovisual Forum, as usual on a wide array of themes. One could learn how the composer works with the film crew (including in particular with the director and the orchestrator), how to create soundtracks for low-budget films, how to write trailer soundtracks, and last but not least, how to use score writer software now available on the market. Six outstanding composers: Howard Shore, Giorgio Moroder, Abel Korzeniowski, Klaus Doldinger, Brian Tyler and Jean-Michel Bernard answered the audience’s questions. Twenty one young artists selected among candidates for the FMF Young Talent Award took part in nineteen recording sessions and a series of workshops under Master Classes programme. We have also prepared a special offer for children – the Watch That Sound music and film workshops at the Ethnographic Museum and the 1st and 2nd level Mieczysław Karłowicz General Music School in Krakow

 

”Our Audiovisual Forum has a educational dimension, and is probably the world unique such a comprehensive platform for exchanges between beginner film music composers and the great masters of that genre” – says Robert Piaskowski. ”It is our great pride and the Festival’s excellent flagship project , next to film screenings with live music which we have pioneered”.

 

Then there are also the festival awards. This year they were handed out at the Saturday FMF Birthday Gala All is Film Music at the TAURON Arena Kraków. The title of the FMF Ambassador for friends and promoters of the Festival in the film music community around the world went to the American producer and the founder of the famous Varèse Sarabande label, Robert Townson. The prestigious Wojciech Kilar Award funded by the Mayors of Krakow and Katowice for the composer who is the guardian of ethics in the art of composition, went to the Oscar-winning composer Howard Shore. This year’s FMF Young Talent Award went to the Polish composer, Paweł Górniak. His suite for the fantasy series The Emerald City was selected from among two hundred and twenty submissions sent from sixteen European countries. The Jury chaired by Professor Daniel Carlin granted the award for the score written by the Polish composer in recognition of “his extraordinary musical cue that enhances the authoritarian power and self-generated hero-worship of the wizard” and “the effective musical support provided to Dorothy’s mystical transition”. Award-winning music resounded in the second part of the FMF Birthday Gala. As an extra bonus, the winner also received the award funded by the leading American PR agency, Costa Communications: private consultations which will help him start his musical career in Hollywood.

 

The jubilee edition of the Film Music Festival in Krakow received huge media coverage, involving nearly a hundred and seventy European and American journalists who ensured the coverage of concerts and meetings. More than two hundred press releases on the events proposed appeared on the press. Since the announcement of this year’s programme, the Festival’s website fmf.fm has noted 450 thousand visits. Social media were also extremely busy. Over a thousand entries were on Facebook during the festival week, and over 2.5 thousand people downloaded #ilovefmf and #allisfilmmusic apps. And one more important point in terms of figures: nearly fifty listeners took the opportunity to use audio description (the technique which facilitates the reception of the film for persons with vision impairment). We have offered audio description for five years. This year it was available to the audience at the final, simultaneous show of James Cameron’s Titanic with James Horner’s music played live.

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