Philharmonia Orchestra of New York Hosting Film Competition Ahead of Spring 2017 Season

The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is pushing the boundaries of the symphonic experience through the incorporation of high-tech visuals at each performance. This past March, the orchestra performed sold-out concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center that garnered significant press attention. For our upcoming season, we are hosting a film competition to find a film student who will create a new film to be screened at PONY's upcoming concerts next spring.

To enter the competition, filmmakers must submit by November 1. Please visit for more information and to submit your work.

Filmmakers must submit visual content, such as a portfolio of past work, and an outline of their proposed film to accompany one of the Richard Wagner overtures PONY will perform live in 2017. Filmmakers must explain the thinking behind their choice of overture. Get a taste of Wagner's work here:

Up to 10 finalists will be chosen from the full pool of entries. These finalists will be asked to create a trailer, storyboard and/or photo montage that powerfully expresses their concept for the film for the judges' final consideration.

See "Rules & Terms" for specific submission directions.

Awards & Prizes

Two Grand Prize winners will be chosen. Each will be commissioned to produce one 10-13-minute film accompanying a Richard Wagner overture to be performed by PONY at Rose Theater and City Center as part of the orchestra's Spring 2017 Festival Season. We will be offering a stipend of up to $10,000 to the winners to produce their films at a professional level. Winners will work with Joachim Schamberger, a world renowned production director, to prepare the movies to sync with live performance.

Rules & Terms

Currently accepting first round of submissions on FilmFreeway, due November 1.

1. To submit, filmmakers should visit and add past work under "My Projects"

2. Upload your video directly and/or link to the portfolio or reel

3. Attach a file with your resume.

Applicants must be BFA or MFA film students, or aspiring filmmakers. Finalists and winners must meet with the PONY team at various points in the competition. The films must sync with the selected music and must be filmed in HD suitable for projection on a big screen. The films must be 10-13 minutes in length. PONY will have the right to screen the films during live orchestra performance, however students will own the rights to their films with a recording that can be submitted to future festivals and agents.

For questions, please contact

PONY embraces the works of great classical composers while pushing the boundaries of the symphonic experience with high resolution, original films accompanying the music, making for an immersive experience. PONY's members have played with many of New York's greatest orchestras. Interviews are available with:

· David Titcomb, Managing Director. Mr. Titcomb has played in over 2,500 performances with the Metropolitan Opera.
· Joachim Schamberger, PONY's Production Director

PONY is an ensemble of over eighty of New York's finest musicians. Its members have played with all the major Lincoln Center ensembles, including the Met Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet Orchestra and New York City Opera Orchestra. PONY was heralded as one of the "most progressive modern orchestras" by The New York Observer, which also praised it for "[pushing] classical music into the present." For more information, please visit

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