Jury of the 8th Tiantan Award
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was born (April 29th, 1953) and educated in Poland.
As an Oscar - winning composer, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek has scored more than 60 films, including Finding Neverland, Hachi: a Dog's Tale, Unfaithful, The Visitor, Aimee & Jaguar, War and Peace, Quo Vadis, Total Eclipse, Washington Square.
He moved to America in 1989, where he began composing for theatre, winning a Drama Desk Award for his music for the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1992 production of John Ford's Tis Pity She's A Whore (1992), directed by Joanne Akalaitis. In 2004, Jan won The National Board of Review Awards for Best Score of the Year because of Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland (2004). Also because of this film, he received his first Oscar for Best Original Score at the 77th Academy Awards in 2005. He was also nominated for both Golden Globe Awards and the British Academy Film Awards.
He was commissioned to write symphonic and choral pieces for important national occasions in Poland. He is a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and European Film Academy. He founded and directs Transatlantyk Festival in Lodz, Poland. And Kaczmarek was The Jury Chairman at the 25th Warsaw International Film Festival in 2009.