Transatlantyk Calls All Young Composers

To be held from August 8-14, 2014, the Transatlantyk Festival Poznań is a festival of ideas. Perhaps the most important of them is to give young talents an entrée into an international career. Therefore, for the fourth time, the Festival announces two prestigious composition competitions: the Transatlantyk Film Music Competition and Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest.

The Transatlantyk Film Music Competition is intended for composers who appreciate the opportunity to create music polished in every detail. The Transatlantyk Festival will provide young competitors with two short films, to which the composers will create original soundtracks. Organizers allow the young artists an unlimited field of imagination, and the choice of instrumentation and the character of the music depends solely on the contestants. Submitted works—full, professionally prepared mock-ups are required—are then evaluated by an international committee of prominent experts. The Festival audience will meet only a selected elite group of 10 finalists.

The Transatlantyk Film Music Competition gives young artists many opportunities. High monetary prizes (first prize is 40 thousand PLN), tough competition, and the presence of a jury composed of distinguished representatives of the world of music and film who assess the work of the finalists, give the competition international significance. In recent years, the international jury included: Marco Beltrami, Christopher Young, Richard Gladstein, Petr Zelenka, Jan AP Kaczmarek, Robert Townson, Mark Isham, et al. Competition’s laureates such as Matthijs Kieboom, Nicholas Stroiński, Krzysztof A. Janczak, Garth Neustadter and Xiaotian Shi have successfully developed their international careers, and they all appreciate the positive influence of Transatlantyk Festival Poznań.

Along with the title of the Transatlantyk Young Composer 2014, the winner of the Film Music Competition will receive:

  • Transatlantyk Young Composer Award – First Prize (40 000 PLN)

Winners of the second and third prize will receive:

  • Transatlantyk Young Composer Award – Second Prize (10 000 PLN)
  • Transatlantyk Young Composer Award – Third Prize (5 000 PLN)


  • June 6th, 2014 – Competition Opening (Competition’s films ready for download)
  • July 11th, 2014 – Composition submission deadline and registration fees deadline
  • July 21st, 2014 – Announcement of the finalists
  • August 13th, 2014 – The final (screening of the finalists’ films for the jury and the audience)
  • August 14th, 2014 – Announcement of the competition winners and presentation of the awards during the Closing Gala

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The Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest is a spectacular and unique contest of simultaneous composition and synchronous piano improvisation to a motion picture. Young artists who have the talent to improvise and express emotions through the instrument, find a unique challenge here. They watch a short film and then, on stage and in front of the audience, they must create a composition connected to the picture. They see the film for the first time during auditions. Immediately after watching the picture, they go on stage and create music to the film they have just seen. This art requires extraordinary musical and emotional imagination, as well as exceptional technical proficiency.

The Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest has two stages. The first stage consists of auditions, open to all enrolled participants. For the finale, the second part of auditions, the jury selects 10 most creative young musicians. Many outstanding and famous personalities sat on the jury in previous years, including Rolfe Kent, George Clinton, Roy Conli, Mark Marder, Zachary Matz, Leszek Możdżer, Peter Golub, Dave Porter, Vasco Hexel, et al.

Along with the title of the Transatlantyk Instant Composer 2014, the winner will receive:

  • Transatlantyk Instant Composer Award – First Prize – 30 000 PLN

Winners of the second and third prize will receive:

  • Transatlantyk Instant Composer Award – Second Prize – 10 000 PLN
  • Transatlantyk Instant Composer Award – Third Prize – 5 000 PLN


  • July 31st – Application Submission Deadline
  • August 12th – First stage of the auditions and further auditions of the finalists
  • August 14th – Announcement of the winners during the Closing Gala

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