2018 Kraków Film Music Festival & Awards

The new decade of the Film Music Festival’s history will start with a combination of apparently distant music genres, not only the ones composed specifically for the screen. There has been a lot of autonomous music that perfectly passed the test of film, even if it was not composed for film. One can hardly imagine Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, David Lynch’s Inland Empire, Marcin Wrona’s Demon, the scene of arrival in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island or the latest edition of Twin Peaks without the powerful sounds of Krzysztof Penderecki’s music. We want to show a fascinating paradox that has been present in film and in culture in general for years. – FMF Artisitic Director Robert Piaskowski

The Film Music Festival in Kraków (FMF), organised by the Kraków Festival Office and RMF Classic, is a captivating showcase of the highest quality musical interpretations of the moving image and one of the most important festivals in the world of film music. This year’s 11th edition of FMF will run from 29 May – 5 June, with concerts, screenings and other events happening every day at various venues in the Kraków region.

This year’s prestigious special guests include: filmmaker Agnieszka Holland and composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Elliot Goldenthal and Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz. This year’s audiences will experience: compositions by these special guests as well as Michael Nyman, Jeff Beal, Clint Mansell, Radzimir Dębski and Sandro di Stefano; film screenings of Casino Royale and Beauty and the Beast with music performed live, a club concert of songs from Pedro Almodóvar’s movies and funk&folk variations from Iceland, Video Game Music Gala with the recent titles such as Assassin’s Creed or Silent Hill – are only but a few attractions we prepared for you for the 11th Film Music Festival in Kraków, performed by leading musicians and orchestras in Europe and the world.

For the full program, visit: fmf.fm.

The 11th Film Music Festival was inaugurated on May 29 with a gala that was full of particular importance. “Firstly, it is a tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki, whose music excellently harmonizes with film pictures” explains Robert Piaskowski, artistic director of FMF. “Secondly, we will experience the world premiere of Elliot Goldenthal’s Concerto For Trumpet and Strings… Then, thirdly, Elliot Goldenthal dedicated his work to Tadeusz Kościuszko, and it is a special highlight on the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence.” The following day, Penderecki was again honored by the Festival and its primary venue, the ICE Congress Centre Kraków, which—in honor of the composer’s vast influence on contemporary music and culture on a global scale, as well as his deep connections to the musical life of Kraków—officially named ICE’s Auditorium Hall after Krzysztof Penderecki on his 85th birthday.

At the 11th edition of the festival, the following awards were given: the FMF Young Talent Award (winner: Marco Valerio Antonini—a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music Screen Scoring program), the title of FMF Ambassador  (winner: CD PROJEKT RED) and the Wojciech Kilar Award (winner: Michael Nyman).

29 May – 5 June 2018
Film Music Festival in Kraków

Various venues in the Kraków region
Tickets & Info:  fmf.fm

[Sources: fmf.fm, fmf.fm/news/215]