The 4th edition of the International FMF Young Talent Award 2016
28.05.16 TAURON Arena Kraków

For the fourth time, the most talented film composers of the young generation will face off in the international competition for the FMF Young Talent Award statuette. Join the contest, the effects of which will be judged by an international jury, deliberating under the leadership of Professor Daniel Carlin, Director of the Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program at the University of Southern California. The winning suite will be performed at the International Film Music: Animations Gala on May 28th at the TAURON Arena Kraków. Fame, prestige, recognition in the film industry and perhaps even an international career awaits the winner! There is a lot to fight for, so roll up those sleeves and get to work!

In the previous three editions of the competition, more than 200 composers from over 20 countries in the world took on the difficult task of composing the soundtrack to a film fragment. In 2013, they composed music to the Dark Side of the Moon by Marek Gajowski, produced at Alvernia Studios in 2014. The subject was the trailer for the best-selling video game Bioshock: Infinite (original music by Gary Schyman); while in 2015, the competition task was the composition of music for a difficult battle scene from The Borgias (original music by Trevor Morris). In this year’s edition of the festival, the young film composers will take on iconic animation! Their task will be to compose music for a fragment of Shrek Forever (2010), the fourth and last part of the adventures of the sympathetic ogre. The original music for the film was written by acclaimed Hollywood composer, Harry Gregson-Williams (special guest of FMF), who will also be one of the jurors. The young musicians thus face quite the challenge, since they will be judged by the composer of the original soundtrack himself!

“Since the first edition of the competition, we know that the door to a career in the film industry stands open before the winner. The power of the prestige and authority of the jury makes the prize one of the most important distinctions for young creators in the film music industry. After his performance, the winner of the first edition, Matthijs Kieboom, received a contract from the American Society of Composers and Publishers, and today, he is one of the most acclaimed young composers of the Netherlands. Jan Sanejko, winner from 2014, is developing his music career after gaining important and valuable industry contacts. Also doing great is Antonio Di Iorio, winner of the Young Talent Award 2015, leading recording sessions in Hollywood and writing music for major US titles”, says Robert Piaskowski, artistic director of the FMF.

The Film Music Festival is currently one of the most recognisable cultural brands of Krakow (December 2015, Agrotec Polska), as well as being one of the few Polish festivals recognised in Hollywood. It has been repeatedly covered by international media, including The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Variety. “The festival is not only a presentation of the newest film, television and video game music, executed with professionalism and on a staggering scale. It is not only a celebration of this – until recently, unjustly underrated – genre of artistic creation, but we are also creating a living platform that is a meeting place for master and young composers, industry professionals, artists–performers as well as new talent hunters, representatives of composer agencies from around the world. As part of the educational work and the Master Classes offered at the festival, we are creating a meeting place and a “market place” for representatives of the broadly understood film industry, which, I am proud to say, is paying close attention to the actions of our young composers”, added Robert Piaskowski.

The main prize in the contest is not only the golden statuette FMF Young Talent Award, designed by Krakow artist Stanisław Juszczak, but also something that is of the highest value to a young artist: the winning suite will be performed by a full symphonic orchestra during the International Film Music: Animations Gala at the TAURON Arena Kraków. Twenty of the best participants of the competition will also take part in the prestigious FMF Master Classes – workshops, a recording session and discussion panels led by the best industry specialists from respected universities, film studios and international composers’ agencies and organisations. We will announce the detailed programme soon.

“The FMF Young Talent competition has achieved its high reputation thanks to its clear placement at the centre of our educational mission. The composers not only fight for the trophy, but are provided with professional advice. We work on their image and knowledge about the way the industry functions, but we also equip them with the essential contacts and give them the opportunity for an orchestral performance – often the very first one – of music created in the quiet of their home studios or on computers”, says Katarzyna Śmigielska, curator of the FMF Audio-visual Forum project at the Krakow Festival Office.

Interest in the competition is enormous. 54 composers took part in the first edition, and the jury selected the work by Matthijs Kieboom from the Netherlands. Honourable mentions went to Antonio Di Iorio (Italy), Łukasz Pieprzyk and Tomasz Opałka (Poland). In 2014, the jury assessed nearly 90 submissions and selected Jan Sanejko, Maciej Dobrowolski (Poland) and Joep Sporck (Netherlands). During the 8th FMF, out of over 80 submissions, the jury awarded the composition by Antonio Di Iorio (Italy), while Kristjan Bergey (Canada) and Moritz Schmittat (Great Britain) tied for second place. All winners to date are currently working in the international market and the trophy from the competition is a permanent part of their artistic biography.

That’s not the only thing the winners take away from the competition. For the top three composers, the organisers of the FMF cover the costs of their stay in Krakow for the duration of the festival, priority participation in the prestigious FMF Master Classes and open access to all events and exclusive meetings with industry experts. Media and promotional care for the winner’s work will be provided by FMF organisers: Radio RMF Classic, the Krakow Festival Office, the Krakow Film Commission operating within the KBF, as well as international filmmaker associations.

Judging the submitted works, in addition to the abovementioned Daniel Carlin and Harry Gregson-Williams, will also be: Robert Townson – a producer with Varèse Sarabande, the largest record label publishing film music, Michael Todd –  American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Senior Director of Film & TV Music and Visual Media, Doreen Ringer-Ross – Vice President of Film and TV at BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.), Diego Navarro – conductor, composer and director of the Fimucité Festival in Tenerife, Jean Michel-Bernard – acclaimed French composer, educator and pianist, Magdalena Wojewoda-Mleczko – programme director of RMF Classic and Robert Piaskowski – artistic director of the Krakow Film Music Festival.

Detailed terms and conditions and the application form are available at The completed form should be set to The deadline for submitting compositions in the form of MP4 files is the 28th of April 2016. Note: Participants will have access to the competition film only after receiving confirmation of participation.

Good luck!

The Krakow Festival Office – organiser of Krakow Film Music Festival invites international journalists to join the Festival in May.