On March 4, Polish composer Michał Lorenc and Czech composer Kryštof Marek received the Czech Lion Award for “Best Music” during the gala event at Dvořák’s Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague. The artists won the award for score to the film Masaryk [A Prominent Patient] by Julius Ševčíkm, which indisputably dominated the ceremony, taking home 12 awards out of its 14 nominations (including Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Music, and prizes in the technical categories).
Since 1993, Czech Film and Television Academy (CFTA) has been awarding the most prestigious Czech film award – the Czech Lion Award, and nominates Czech films or documentary features for foreign film awards to support and promote Czech cinematographic art in the Czech Republic and abroad. This 24th edition of the Awards was broadcast on CT1 channel. The full list of the 2016 winners is here at filmovaakademie.cz.
Michał Lorenc is a self-taught musician who has composed original scores to several Polish and foreign films. He has previously won the Czech Lion Award in 1998 for his music featured in Je třeba zabít Sekala, and was nominated in 2001 for his compositions in Babí léto. In addition, Lorenc received awards at the Festival of Polish Feature Films in Gdynia three times (for music to Dogs, Bandit, and Provocateur), as well as the special prize at the Camerimage Festival in Toruń (1998) and Grand Prix at the Film Music Festival in Bonn (1999) for music composed to Nothing. In 1989, he was nominated in Berlin for the Felix Award for film music to 300 Miles to Heaven.