The mission of the Park City Film Music Festival is to promote and preserve that art and enjoyment of film music composition through education, performance and film screenings. The Ninth Annual PARK CITY FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL (PCFMF) will be held in Park City, Utah, May 25 – June 3, 2012. This year’s festival is expected to screen around 200 films. This is the first film festival in the Americas singularly recognizing the contribution of composers and their music to film. Awards are given in the categories of Best Use of Music in Full-Length Feature Film, Best Use of Music in Documentary Film, and Best Use of Music in Short Film and, new this year, Best Performance/Experimental Music Film. The first major film festival to recognize film music as part of the awards lineup since 1985 is the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent (Belgium) which currently draws over 80,000 devotees.
Film music, whose broad appeal continues to gain prominence in the music marketplace, has stood for a long time recognized only at the very highest levels: the Academy awards, the Emmys, the Grammys, and a few others. The growing stature of film music is exemplified in the announcement in 2005 of the Pulitzer prizes qualifying film music for the first time after over 60 years.
Each year the Park City Film Music Festival receives film submissions from around the world and the composers and filmmakers travel to Park City to participate.
The Park City Film Music Festival burst on the scene with a landmark 33 films in 2004, 50 films in 2005, 102 films in 2006, 200 films in 2007, 210 films in 2008, and 200+ films in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The FMF is the brainchild of Leslie Harlow who has been operating the Park City International Music Festival for over 28 years. A Juilliard graduate, she and her husband, festival co-director Russell Harlow are both prominent classical and studio recording artists.
Submissions are handled through Withoutabox.com, the world’s largest film festival submission service. The Park City Film Music Festival is an IMDB qualifying festival, so films accepted into PCFMF are able to be listed in IMDB.com. The Park City Film Music Festival has been and continues to be sanctioned by Park City, Utah, and is now functioning under a Master Festival License (same as the Sundance Film Festival). The Film Music Festival is the project of one of Utah’s oldest non profit arts organizations, the Park City Chamber Music Society.
Film Music Festival organizers are propelling the PARK CITY FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL to international prominence, receiving encouragement from the Utah Film Commission, original founder of the Utah/United States Film Festival (now called Sundance Film Festival). Director Harlow has already approached esteemed film composer, John Williams, who is very excited at the prospect of this festival. As this festival grows in scope, we will be inviting John Williams and other prominent film composers to celebrate the art of film music through performance and master classes. For 2012, we will present a film music seminar by noted film composition instructor and composer Hummie Mann.
Past Park City Film Music Festival seminars and panel discussions have featured composer Mark Northam of the Film Music Institute (LA), composer, orchestrator, and arranger Conrad Pope (My Week With Marilyn, Pavilion of Women, Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha, Star Wars Episodes I,II, III), Emmy award-winning composer Kurt Bestor (2002 Winter Olympics), award-winning film composer Vincent Gillioz, sound designer and sound editor Jim LeBrecht of Berkeley Sound Artists, and Music Supervisor and writer for Film Music Magazine, Michael Rogers, composer, orchestrator, and arranger Hummie Mann (Robin Hood: Men in Tights), award-winning film composer, film composer Dennis Dreith, film composer Vincent Gillioz, award-winning film composer Jeffrey Gold, and film composer/guitarist Vince Lauria.
Present and past sponsors of the festival include Summit County Recreation, Arts, and Parks Tax Fund, Summit County Transient Room Tax Fund, Park City Chamber of Commerce, Klipsch Audio Technologies, Mackie, Michael Wiese Productions, Performance Audio, Filmacre, Corpus Polymedia, indivisiblePR.com, Cambridge Films, Berkeley Sound Artists, Disc Makers, Film Music Institute, Film Music Magazine, Film Score Monthly, Park City Stock Photography, Westminster College, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Pure Volume, Knock on Wood Film Productions, Rico Brand, and the Utah Wind Power Campaign. Components of the Festival
The Park City Film Music Festival consists of five components:
Film Music Competition – The Park City Film Music Festival (pcFMF) consists of a competition in the areas of
Best Impact of Music in Short Film
Best Impact of Music in Documentary
Best Impact of Music in Full-Length Feature Film
Best Film on a Music Subject (documentary format – any length)
Best Performance/Experimental Film
Screenings of Finalists in Park City
Seminars, Workshops, and Masterclasses in
Film Music Industry
Socials and Mixers for composers, directors, music supervisors, producers, industry professionals, and festival sponsors.
Live Performances by artists and composers
Locate the Festival
Screenings, May 25 – June 3, 2012: Prospector Hotel Theatre in Prospector Square and the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street in Park City
Seminar for Film Composers Prospector Hotel Theatre in Prospector Square
Socials and Live Performances Egyptian Theatre on Main Street in Park City
Festival Headquarters During the Film Music Festival: Prospector Hotel Theatre in Prospector Square