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Henrik Lindström – winner of the FMF Young...


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A truly cosmic 8th edition of the Film Music Festival is behind us

It’s time to sum things up

Nearly 30 thousand spectators, 3 prestigious awards, 8 main concerts and 25 accompanying events, including: 20 premiere suites, over 680 artists, 94 representatives of the film industry and 34 special guests – this is the balance of the 8th edition of the Film Music Festival that ended this past Sunday in Krakow.

During the last five days we touched on nearly all aspects of the film and music industry – there were great galas and intimate Master Classes with a recording session for composers, outdoor film screenings and a MINI Cinema with film showings accompanied by live music, as well as discussions about what goes on behind the scenes of cinematic music composition. Participants of the twelve panels discussed the problems and challenges of the Polish film market, the secrets of composing game music, bloody soundtracks and unconventional orchestra sounds, building a composing career and the backstage of the film music recording industry. For the first time in the history of the Festival, we organised a meeting of a Hollywood star with the public – Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal met with his fans at the Kurant bookstore.


Eight major concerts provided a unique overview of world cinema and multimedia soundtracks, from the most popular video game soundtracks to famous television series themes to the masterpiece soundtracks inspired by William Shakespeare. Close to twenty premiere suites (including twelve during the International TV Series Gala at the TAURON Arena Krakow) were performed for us by over six hundred artists. We hosted the most outstanding orchestras, choirs and instrumental ensembles, including the National Polish Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra from Tychy, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra, the Polish Radio Choir, the Krakow Philharmonic Choir, the Pro Musica Mundi Choir, the American group Critical Hit, and famous Krakow ensembles: Motion Trio, Paweł Kaczmarczyk Audiofeeling Trio and B.A.Ch Film Ensemble. World renowned soloists performed for us as well: Sara Andon on the flute, Tina Guo on cello, as well as Page Hamilton, Knox Chandler and Russell Lissack on electric guitars. Eight masters took their places behind the conductor’s stand: Diego Navarro (appearing at the Festival for the sixth time), Ludwig Wicki, Jeff Beal, Trevor Morris, Alexander Liebreich, Christian Schumann, Terry Davies and Monika Bachowska, who led the young musicians of the FMF Youth Orchestra during a concert for the youngest listeners.


Taking their place as part of the audience in the most modern concert halls in Europe – the TAURON Arena Kraków and the ICE Kraków Congress Centre – were over ninety representatives of the cinema (including Julie Taymor, director of the Oscar-nominated Frida) as well as nearly twenty world-famous film composers (besides Oscar winners Elliot Goldenthal and Stephen Warbeck – Trevor Morris, Ramin Djawadi, Daniel Licht, Jeff Beal, Alti Örvarsson, Bartosz Chajdecki, Łukasz Targosz and the only woman in this group – the famous Jocelyn Pook). Among thirty four special guests was the master of Polish cinema, Andrzej Wajda, to whom the first concert in the Scoring4Directors cycle was dedicated. The cycle is planned to continue in future editions of the Festival.


This year’s FMF also abounded in awards – this time we presented three prestigious statuettes. The main award of the Festival – the FMF Young Talent Award – has been given out for the last three years, based on the results of the composing competition for creators under 35. Over 100 submissions from twenty-two countries were submitted for the 8th edition of the Festival, out of which the jury selected 26 finalists, who took part in master workshops organised at the Małopolska Garden of Arts and the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice. The winning suite by Italian composer Antonio di Iorio, composed for selected scenes from The Borgias – were performed during the International TV Series Gala at the Krakow arena.


Diego Navarro was the laureate of the next distinction – the FMF Ambassador Award – who is a long-time friend of the Festival, prominent conductor and composer, and the artistic director of the FIMUCITÉ International Film Festival in Tenerife. The statuette with two wheels, neither one of which can move without the other, was awarded for his merits in relation to the Krakow Festival and for increasing its prestige in the country and abroad.


For the first time we also presented the unique and particularly special to us Wojciech Kilar Award. According to the guiding principles, it will be awarded each year to a composer who – like its patron and namesake once was – is a universal creator, caring for the broadly understood music worksmanship and upholding the ethos and traditions of the composer’s art. This year’s statue was awarded to one of the greatest artists in the world of film music – Elliot Goldenthal.


And last, but definitely not least – our audience, which participated in the Festival in impressive numbers of nearly thirty thousand spectators. The full ICE Krakow audience saw the first screening of a film with live music in the history of the FMF – Bogowie [Gods] with music composed by Bartosz Chajdecki, ten thousand viewers took part in the International TV Series Gala, and a day later, gave a standing ovation to the showing of the Oscar-winning Star Trek, with a live soundtrack by Michael Giacchino. As part of the closing ceremonies of the 8th edition of the Festival, they received a spectacular present from the composer: the world’s first live performance of a suite from the latest film by Brad Bird, Tomorrowland.