PR: Night composer nominated for IFMCA Award


The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) has announced Australian composer Cezary Skubiszewski as a 2008 nominee for scoring excellence.

Cezary has been nominated in the category of Best Original Score for a Documentary Feature for Night by Lawrence Johnston. Winners will be announced at the IFMCA 5th Annual Awards on 18 February 2009.

Cezary says, ‘The nomination for Night is very special as the other nominees across all the categories represent the biggest names in film music. As the only Australian composer to get a nod from the international critics, I feel very honoured’.

The annual IFMCA Awards are the only awards given to composers by film music journalists. The IFMCA is an association of online, print and radio journalists comprising members from all around the world, who specialise in writing about original film and television music. The international organisation makes conscious efforts to celebrate the best film music, not just from mainstream Hollywood productions, but worldwide, wherever it may originate.

Cezary’s score for Night has been praised by critics and described as ‘sublime’, ‘emotive’, ‘moving’, and ‘the most powerful aspect’ of the film. Cezary has already won the APRA Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Documentary and been nominated for the Best Score Album, ARIA award for Night.

Other nominations in the IFMCA Best Original Score for Documentary Feature category include The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos, music by The Cinematic Orchestra, Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son about his Father, music by Kurt Kuenne, Standard Operating Procedure, music by Danny Elfman and Tabarly, music by Yann Tiersen.

Cezary Skubiszewski has composed film scores for numerous films including Gillian Armstrong’s Death Defying Acts starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Guy Pearce, Gregor Jordan’s Two Hands starring Heath Ledger, Steve Jacobs’ La Spagnola starring Lola Marceli, Dein Perry’s Bootmen starring Sam Worthington, and Ana Kokkinos’ The Book of Revelation starring Greta Scachi.

He has received many awards for his work including two from the Australian Film Institute (AFI), three from Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA), six from Australian Guild of Film Composers (AGSC) and two Best Music Awards from Film Critics of Australia and Best Film Music at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival.

In addition to his film work, Cezary has composed music for many television films and programs and written music for advertising campaigns including the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games. He also conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and a 160 person choir for the Carlton Draught ‘Big Ad’ campaign and last year recorded and conducted the ‘VB Stubby Symphony’, two ads which have become a sensation all over the world.

In 2003 Cezary received Centenary Medal for service to Australian Society and Australian Film Production.

Also announced this week is Cezary’s nomination for Death Defying Acts in the Best Music Score category of the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Annual Awards for Australian Film. Winners will be announced on Friday 13 February at the FCCA Annual Awards dinner.