Fimucité Film Scoring Academy registration process now open for composers

- From September 25th – 27th a series of master classes taught by world-renowned professionals will be held in the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ) has revealed the programme for one of its most eagerly awaited parallel activities, the FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy (FIMUCITÉ Academy for Audiovisual Composers). The FFSA offers an important array of master classes at the hands of internationally-renowned professionals from the sector of audiovisual composition. The master classes will be held in the Aula Magna of the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in parallel with the FIMUCITÉ festival that runs from 20th – 29th September with the support and sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife, the Canary Islands Government, and the City Council of Santa Cruz.

These free educational activities are aimed at students and professionals who are interested in receiving specialist training. The registration process for each of the different classes can be found on the festival’s official website: Participants will receive an official attendance certificate.

The official opening of the new FFSA will take place at 12:00 on Wednesday 25th September. Opening the FFSA is FIMUCITÉ Director, Diego Navarro, and Italian-American composer and keyboardist Vince DiCola, who is known for his work on the films scores of ‘Staying Alive’, ‘Rocky IV’ and ‘Transformers: The Movie’. DiCola will then deliver the first workshop of the series which is entitled “Music: its energy, challenges and rewards”. Speaking from his own professional experience, DiCola will provide a breakdown of the challenges that are encountered during the creative process, and the results that emerge from dedication and hard work.

A second masterclass will also be delivered on Wednesday 25th September at 15:00. The composer Randy Edelman, who is known for the mythical film scores for ‘Dragonheart’ and ‘The Last of the Mohicans’, will be taking an objective look at the day-to-day activities of composers in his talk entitled “A composer’s discipline: work and practice”.

On Thursday 26th September at 12:00 one of the most acclaimed composers from the horror film genre, Harry Manfredini (‘Friday 13th’ and ‘House’), will be offering a master class entitled “Understanding the creative process: traversing the never-ending voyage”. The composer will discuss the importance of interacting with producers and directors, both to defend one’s ideas from a creative standpoint and to build networking opportunities that lead to work in what is an extremely competitive industry. At 15:00 Christopher Young (‘Hellraiser’, ‘Drag Me to Hell’) returns to the FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy with a new and inspirational master class: “Staying faithful to your own style”.

On Friday 27th September the programme kicks off at 12:00 with a talk by composer Matthijs Kieboomand communications expert Magda Miska-Jackowska entitled “The life of a musical score: the before and after following a movie’s release”. These experts will offer insights to help composers understand how to meet the demands of different audiences and consumers within the framework of an industry that reinvents itself and transforms at breakneck speed.

Finally, at 15:00 on Friday Darío Palomo, President of Musimagen (Asociación de Compositores de Música para Audiovisual) will be presenting “Walking the tightrope: the red lines encountered in the profession of an audiovisual composer”. This in-depth talk looks at how audiovisual composers must behave to earn a good name in the industry and build lasting structures that ensure professional longevity and a stable income throughout their careers.

The festival, which is directed by renowned Spanish composer and conductor Diego Navarro, will be celebrating its 13th edition from September 20th – 29th with the support and sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife, the Canary Islands Government, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, Audi Canarias, Dorada Especial and the Teleférico del Teide, and the collaboration of SGAE – the Spanish General Society of Authors and Publishers, amongst others.