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The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is a new orchestra made up of musicians who play with the top Lincoln Center ensembles. We have launched a film competition to find a film student who will create a new film to be screen at PONY’s upcoming concerts next spring. Please see the attached flyer for the details of our competition.

The winner of our competition will be commissioned to create a 10-13 minute film to accompany a piece of music by Richard Wagner that the orchestra will perform live at Rose Theater and City Center in spring 2017. We will be offering a stipend to the winners to produce their films at a professional level.

This is a great opportunity for a New School student to produce a film and present it at a high profile venue in association with a major orchestra.

Lots of orchestras today are playing film scores as a way to attract new audiences. None that we know of are sponsoring competitions to create original films to accompany classical music. Considerable press attention is expected to be generated around this initiative.

Register by October 3, 2016 at

Submission deadline: November 1, 2016

Enter: Listen to the four music options for your film. Pick the one that speaks to you and submit your concept for a film along with portfolio of past work on Film Freeway. PONY is a modern orchestra embracing the works of great classical composers while pushing the boundaries of the symphonic experience. Up to 10 finalists will be announced November 11, 2016. They will be asked to submit a 2-minute trailer, storyboard and/or photo montage that expresses their vision for the film. TWO Grand Prize winners will win up to $10,000 to produce their films!

Winners announced: December 19, 2016

For questions, email Follow PONY for more updates!


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