- More than 7,000 people enjoyed the Festival concerts and parallel activities.
Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ), sponsored mainly by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, the Canary Islands Government, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, has closed its twelfth edition with the applause of over 6.100 people in the audience of the different concerts and hundreds of participants in its parallel activities. The organization is already working on the next Festival, which will take place from September 20 to 28, 2019.
FIMUCITÉ has confirmed this year its status, in the international arena, as possibly the most important festival in the world specializing in film music for both because of its program and the background of its guests, according to industry professionals.
The main theme of FIMUCITÉ 12, “the truth is out there”, a reference to X files, celebrating its 25th anniversary this September, has gathered a great line-up of guests: composer and orchestra conductor Ben Foster (Thunderbirds are go), who conducted the closing night Gala, or Laura Karpman (Taken), who received the FIMUCITÉ award for her career as a composer and her key position in the musical department in the Academy.
Christopher Young (Species) was also part of the exquisite guests, joining the festival again, ten years after his first attended FIMUCITÉ.
Amazing pianist Jean-Michel Bernard (The science of sleep), Nick Foster, who co-writes scores with his bother Ben, Óscar Martín (Red de libertad) and Carlos M. Jara (Reinas) were also part of the guests. Carlos M. Jara received the First “Premio de la Música para el Audiovisual Español” for his score for the Spanish TV series ‘Otros mundos’. Darío Palomo, musician and President of the Composers Association for the Audiovisual Musimagen, presented this new award, given by fellow composers.
The Festival, led by renowned composer and orchestra conductor Diego Navarro, confirmed this year its commitment to the promising young musicians of the island honoring the agreement started years ago with both Conservatoires: Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias and Conservatorio Profesional de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which gives the FIMUCITÉ Symphonic Youth Orchestra the opportunity to perform a challenging program at the beautiful Guimerá Theater.
“Colosos of the Silver screen”, conducted by José Antonio Cubas and Cristina Padrón, also involved the Krakow Film Festival, FMF, both festivals have worked tightly together in different projects, which include, for the first time this year, an exchange program of students from Tenerife travelling to Poland and vice versa. Six musicians from Krakow have joined the FSYO performing a repertoire devoted to the colossal monsters of cinema, from King Kong, both John Barry’s music for the 1976 film, as well as James Newton Howard for the 2005 one, to Godzilla (Akira Ifukube) or Jurassic Park from Williams, among others.
FIMUCITÉ celebrated for the first time a live-to-picture concert dedicated to Steven Spielberg's masterpiece “Close encounters of the third kind” and its legendary score, written by John Williams. This is a historic event, both the Spanish premiere of this concert and the first time ever to perform a live-to-picture concert in the Canary Islands.
The show, which was performed by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Diego Navarro and the Tenerife Film Choir and the Polyphonic Choir of the University of La Laguna, directed by Juan Ramón Vinagre, included eight minutes of unprecedented music composed by Williams and rescued by the composer for this version in concert of the feature film.
More than 400 musicians, gathered in different symphony orchestras, choirs and bands have participated in the different scenarios of FIMUCITE 2018 along the varied concert programs deployed over ten days.
In the words of the father of FIMUCITÉ, Diego Navarro, "The 12th edition of the festival has been an unprecedented success in the history of our festival. It is really exciting to see full houses in the 10 concerts celebrated. FIMUCITÉ is an international reference event within its scope, a multi-format festival that creates specific contents that continue to spread and keep music alive for the cinema. Projects that are subsequently exported to other similar events, so our festival continues to create a trend."
The third edition of the FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy was also crowded, 110 students enrolled the sessions given at the Aula Magna of the Professional Conservatory of Music, a series of master classes given by award-winning artists and professionals of extraordinary international prestige.
The sixth edition of the official section of the Festival, FIMUCINEMA, also offered between 21 and 27 September the screening of 6 fiction feature films, 6 documentaries and 21 short films (free entry). Sergio Jiménez Lacima received the Alex North Award for the best original score for fiction feature film, for 'La Isla rota'. Luis Hernáiz was awarded with Best original score for documentary for 'Winter in Europe', Anthony Lledo for 'Invaders' (Best original score for short film) and Kike Perdomo and Vasni Ramos for 'Apocalipsis Voodoo' (Best original song).
One more year, FIMUCITÉ is very grateful for the support and collaboration of the different entities involved: Cabildo de Tenerife, Government of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, Teide Cable Car, Tenerife Tourism, SGAE Foundation, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Professional Music Conservatory, Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, Más Led, Audi Canarias, Jean León, Excelsia Canarias, Compañía Cervecera de Canarias Dorada Especial, Lava Chocolates de Canarias and Communication Group El Día.
Radio Televisión Española, the public radio and television corporation made the recording of the symphonic concert 'The truth is out there', which will be broadcasted soon through its international channels.