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Polish Soundtrack of the Year!

In 2019, a new award joins the FMF family — starting with this edition, we are going to present an award for the best original music created in the previous year for Polish productions: films, TV series and animations. The winner will be selected jointly by several dozen Polish music and film journalists, as well as critics. Ten composers were nominated for their previous year works. So far, at the festival we have presented the Kilar Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Young Talent Award for young composers in an international competition. Moreover, we also granted the title of the FMF Ambassador to individuals and institutions that strengthen the role of the festival in the international music and film community.


For a few days in May, music composed for films, TV series and video games can be heard throughout the city, in arrangements prepared especially for this occasion. The Film Music Festival attracts outstanding representatives of the music and film industry, winners of valued awards (including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, EMMA and BAFTA Awards) to Krakow, which makes the event a perfect opportunity to discover talents – it is also often the first-time young composers can get in touch with film industry. Throughout the festival week, workshops and meetings are held for compositors, artists and aficionados. The festival has become an important space for promoting film music, as well as an opportunity to present important industry awards.

So far, the festival served as a platform for presenting the Kilar Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the Young Talent Award for young composers in an international competition. Moreover, we also granted the title of the FMF Ambassador to iniduals and institutions that strengthen the role of the festival in the international music and film community. In 2019, a new award joins the FMF family – we are going to present an award for the best original music created for a Polish production – film, TV series or animation – in the year preceding the award ceremony.

“Polish soundtrack composers are a class of their own. The ranks of great, legendary composers, such as Wars, Kaper, Komeda and Kilar, as well as the outstanding composers of the middle generation – Kaczmarek, Kurylewicz and Preisner – are joined every year by new great artists. Their talent and creativity can be seen not only in world-renowned and award-winning feature films and documentaries, but also in video game music and TV series. Yet it still happens that even great composers are not invited to official premieres of films for which they created music. In extreme cases, the sparse awards are presented to composers posthumously, or they are given out for remastering or presenting new compilations of their works, instead of creating a contemporary market for functional music. It shouldn’t be like this!” the artistic director of the event – Robert Piaskowski – explained his reasoning for establishing a new award at the FMF.

The official award ceremony will take place during the prestigious Scoring4Polish Directors gala, which in recent years has become an important meeting place for artists and the audience, focused around the figures of Polish cinema masters (Wajda in 2015, Polański in 2016, Holland in 2018, Zanussi in 2019). The winner of the competition will receive a statuette designed with this award in mind, along with an invitation to present their music during the next edition of the Krakow Film Music Festival. 

The Polish Soundtrack of the Year will be selected by a group of 50 music and film journalists, as well as critics. The festival’s programming team selected 10 films and TV series, which they presented to the Jury for evaluation. Each of the Jurors awards points to the nominated soundtracks, and the sum of points makes up the final verdict.

The nominees in 2019 included the following artists and titles:
Bartosz Chajdecki – Kruk. Szepty słychać po zmroku
Bartłomiej Gliniak – A Cat with a Dog
Dariusz Górniok – Pardon
Arkadiusz Grochowski & Marek Koterski – 7 Emotions
Jan Komar & Małgorzata Penkalla – Rojst
Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz – The Butler
Filip Míšek – Fuga
Łukasz Targosz – Nielegalni
Mikołaj Trzaska – The Clergy
Atanas Valkov – Pułapka

“By establishing a new distinction for creators of music for Polish productions, we hope that it will be an important tool for building respect and recognition for composers who create music for the needs of Polish cinematography. We also hope that we will promote the winner in the world, thanks to presenting an award during an international festival”, Robert Piaskowski summed up.

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