The FIMUCITÉ - Antón García Abril Award is an elegant sculpture made by the Canary artist Eugenio Correa Rijo. Created in 2009, it represents the composer’s passion for his own scores and also serves to acknowledge other composers and professionals involved in film music. It is a token of affection, gratitude and veneration from the Festival to different film music figures whose works and efforts have proven essential in sharing knowledge about this art form and increasing understanding amongst audiences.
Shirley Walker was born in Napa, California on April 10, 1945.
She was a piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony during high school, and later attended San Francisco State University on a piano scholarship.
She studied music composition under Roger Nixon and piano studies with Harald Logan of Berkeley, California. Walker's career in film began in 1979, when she was hired to play the synthesizers on Carmine Coppola's score for 'Apocalypse Now'.
In 1992, she became one of the first female composers to earn a solo score credit on a major Hollywood motion picture - for John Carpenter's 'Memoirs of an Invisible Man' (one of Carpenter's few movies he did not score himself and with whom Walker collaborated again on 'Escape From L.A'.
Shirley Walker served as composer for numerous productions, including films such as 'Willard', the 'Final Destination' trilogy, and television series such as 'Falcon Crest', 'Space: Above and Beyond', 'China Beach', and 'The Flash'.
The Flash was one of many collaborations Walker did with composer Danny Elfman. She was his conductor and orchestrator on projects such as Scrooged and Batman.
Her association with DC Comics extended to television where she served as composer for 'Batman: The Animated Series' (1992–1995), 'Superman: The Animated Series' (1996–2000), 'The New Batman Adventures' (1997–1999), and 'Batman Beyond' (1999–2000); setting a standard for the musical tone of the DC Animated Universe. In 1996, Shirley Walker won her first Daytime Emmy Award as music director for 'Batman: The Animated Series'.
She won another Daytime Emmy in music-composition for 'Batman Beyond' in 2001. In these television works, she worked with composers Michael McCuistion, Lolita Ritmanis and Kristopher Carter, who collected the baton after her death.
Shirley Walker died on November 30, 2006 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, Nevada, due to complications from a stroke that she had experienced two weeks earlier.
Antón García Abril
Marco Beltrami, Oscar nominated twice for “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Hurt Locker”, received the Fimucité Award in 2013.
Heattended the festival and offered the audience his last works for “Snowpiercer” and “The Wolverine” together with the world première of his science fictions and fantasy suites “I Robot”, “Mimic”, “Knowing” and “Hellboy”.
Fimucité 2013 Life achievement was given to Elmer Bernstein, a key composer, who turned from European 30’s and 40’s film music to a jazzier American style. His cinematographic career began with two extraordinary and quite different works, “The Man with the Golden Arm” and “The 10 Commandements”, and after that he continued a legacy full of creativeness and sensitivity.
Fimucité and the Big Band de Canarias offered a retrospective concert with his talented works for television and cinema, including “The Man with the Golden Arm”, “The Silencers”, “Johnny Stacato”, “Devil in a Blue Dress”, “Sweet Smell of Success” or “Walk on the Wild Side”.
Diego García Soto
Diego García Soto
Preparing the last details of 2013’s edition, we knew of the passing of this pioneer voice in the broadcasting of film music in Canary Islands.
Many learned to enjoy this art thanks to the passion of this great communicatorand his radio program. FIMUCITÉ dedicated him the concert given by the professional Band of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, under the baton of Benigno Cedrés, and gave his family a special recognition for his devotion to film music.
In 2012, the Tenerife International Film Music Festival wanted to present his most precious award to a key composer in film history, author of wonderful melodies and direct example when we refer to the introduction of jazz in film music.
Henry Mancini is one of the audience most recognized and beloved composers, with a repertoire that still influences nowadays Hollywood professionals.
In order to illustrate better this award, FIMUCITÉ scheduled, together with the Big Band de Canarias, a tribute concert that brought back some of the most renowned scores of the author of “The Pink Panther”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or “Charade” to its jazz original field.
James Newton Howard
James Newton Howard
With its intention of bringing closer modern film music to the general audience, the Tenerife International Film Music Festival gave its main award to veteran composer James Newton Howard, a versatile professional with a large filmography and whose signature is, right now, one of the most esteemed in Hollywood.
The author of the scores for “The Fugitive”, “The Village” or “Snow White and the Huntsman” is characterized not only by his ability to adapt himself to all kind of stories and genres, but also by always offering wonderful melodies that haunt the audience.
This FIMUCITÉ Award was collected by his friend and longtime collaborator Pete Anthony, who conducted the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and Tenerife Film Choir in a concert with some of Newton Howard’s most important works.
Krakow Film Music Festival (FMF)
Film Music Festival (FMF) de Krakow
In 2012, FIMUCITÉ also wanted to award a prize for the task carried out by the Krakow Festival Office with their Film Music Festival (FMF), an event that has programmed great concerts with important international artists for five years.
The bounds established between the FMF and FIMUCITÉ have created a European circuit of film music concerts that has boosted these works presence in the Old Continent.
The award was accepted by Robert Piaskowski, Artistic Director of Film Music Festival and Deputy Program Director of the Krakow Festival Office.
2011 FIMUCITÉ Awards also wanted to pay tribute to a composer that changed the Hollywood industry in the 1940s, Bernard Herrmann, during the celebration of his 100th anniversary.
His rupture with the Hollywood studios system and his relationship with filmmakers such as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Ray Harryhausen, François Truffaut, Brian DePalma or Martin Scorsese marked the transition between the classic era and the modern cinema.
This award was the climax of a tribute concert featuring some of his most important works.
Patrick Doyle was also awarded by FIMUCITÉ in 2011. His career in Hollywood and Europe, in cinema, theatre and concert halls, endorses him as a key composer linking different cinematographic industries in the world.
His professional relationship with filmmaker Kenneth Branagh has also made the fascinating power of Williams Shakespeare’s works reach a broad audience.
FIMUCITÉ’s organization was honored to have this exceptional composer in 2011 and did not want to miss the chance to present him with their most precious award.
Publicist Ray Costa is the founder and president of Costa Communications, one of the most important advertising companies specialized in Film Music in The United States. His task takes place behind the screen, but necessary to obtain the deserved recognition for talented composers in events such as Oscar, Golden Globe, Grammy, EMI or Tony Awards.
He has represented renowned composers including Mychael Danna, Craig Armstrong, John Debney, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Menken, John Powell or Javier Navarrete.
In 2010, The FIMUCITÉ Green Award, which recognizes works related to sustainability and preservation of our planet in the artistic fields of music and film, went to French composer Bruno Coulais, the first one to win it thanks to his work in nature documentaries such as “Oceans” or “Microcosmos”.
As a sample, the Festival programmed a concert with scores for these films, which concluded with the presentation of the award.
Alex North has been a very dearest composer to FIMUCITÉ. In 2008, his rejected score for “2001. A Space Odyssey” became the leitmotiv of that edition.
The first book published by the festival analyzed this work and the circumstances of the rejection. In 2010, North became again the protagonist of a tribute, in this occasion to his whole career due to the first centenary of his birth.
This moving moment had Robert Townson there, personal friend of the composer, who accepted the award on behalf of his family and conveyed the audience and the festival organization their gratitude.
As part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of “Jaws”, in 2010 FIMUCITÉ staged a tribute to one of the most important names in the last 40 years of film music: John Williams.
As well as the previous composers who had received the Life Achievement Award, John Williams’ name cannot be separated from the Seventh Art and his scores have helped to identify the world of cinema with a specific kind of sounds. In this occasion, his agenda did not allow him to accept it, so the organization of the festival flew to his office in Los Angeles to present him the award.
One of the first sculptures was given to Robert Townson, a professional who has devoted his life to film music as a record producer at Varèse Sarabande Records. He has always struggled hard to make these scores get the proper recognition over their engagement with the pictures.
An excellent composer, McNeely has also been a key figure in the new recordings of classic film scores, returning the strength and original sound to them so that the new generations of film music lovers could also appreciate the legacy given by the Classic Hollywood. He has conducted the re-recordings of great works by Bernard Herrmann, John Barry or Franz Waxman.
McNeely was also the first conductor invited to FIMUCITÉ and, together with Diego Navarro, gave an extraordinary Closing Concert in 2008, released by Varèse Sarabande Records.
From the first edition, FIMUCITÉ has undertaken to give more importance to music for television. In this sense, the Award to Mark Snow is also a recognition of his prolific career for television with scores for The X-Files, The Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, One Tree Hill, Kojak, Millenium, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, T. J. Hooker, Starsky and Hutch or Hart to Hart.
In 2009, Snow was the guest conductor of the festival, providing vitality and enthusiasm, not only to the concert of his scores, but to the tribute to Jerry Goldsmith at the Closing Concert of FIMUCITÉ 3.
There are names that have become synonymous with film music. We would not understand this art the same way without them. Their scores not only have enriched many legendary films of Film History, but have also helped to get new film music lovers. Jerry Goldsmith deserves to be on the top of that list and that is the reason why FIMUCITÉ wanted to give him the first Life Achievement Award.
In 2009, his score for the Alien saga was chosen as the leitmotif of the festival and part of the program of the Closing Concert was devoted to his film music legacy (a concert that will be released again by the label Varèse Sarabande). The tribute also included the presentation of the award to his widow, Carol Goldsmith.