Fimucinema announces nominee for official competition

- Six documentaries, six fiction feature films, and twenty-five short films have been shortlisted for the official competition of FIMUCINEMA organized by the Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ).

- Screenings will be held in Espacio La Granja Auditorium.

Under the coordination of Manuel Díaz Noda, FIMUCINEMA is announcing the nominee shortlist for its official competition. A total of 25 short films, 6 documentaries, and 6 fiction feature films have been shortlisted for the seventh edition of the competition. The majority of nominees are from Spain and the U.S.A, but also include France, Italy, Germany and Canada. Presenting the awards this year will be musicians Osvaldo Montes (official competition president) and Harry Manfredini, Canarian film makers Vasni Ramos and Mercedes Afonso, and founder of the specialist film music website SoundTrackFest, Gorka Oteiza. Award-winners will be announced on Sunday 29th September in the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín, during the concert ‘Champions of the Silver Screen’.

Thanks to the Canary Islands Government and the La Salud-La Salle District of the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Fimucinema will be screening all shortlisted films in El Espacio La Granja, which is located on the ground floor of the Casa de la Cultura in La Granja park. Full details of screening times are availble on the FIMUCITÉ website: All screenings will be held the same week as the FIMUCITÉ 13 festival, which runs from 20th – 29th September.

The six feature films nominated for the Alex North Award: Best Original Score are: ‘Jim Button and Luke The Engine Driver’, a German superproduction based on a popular novel by Michael Ende with music by Ralf Wengenmayr (whose previous works include ‘Love, Rosie’ and the two films adaptations of the animated series ‘Vicky the Viking’); ‘In Full Bloom’, a Japanese production on the world of boxing set in during the Second World War with music by Andrew Kawczynski (‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’); ‘La Palma’, a German production filmed entirely in the Canary Islands with music by David Reichelt; ‘The Bird Catcher’, a Norwegian film also set during the Second World War with a score by Jim Copperthwaite (whose many achievements include the documentaries ‘When Playboys Ruled the World’ or ‘Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans’; ‘Lo que Siento por ti’, a film from the Dominican Republic on families with children living with disabilities with music by Sergio Jiménez Lacima (previously nominated on four occasions, and winner of the Alex North Award last year for ‘La Isla Rota’); and finally, ‘Celeste’, an Australian film starring actress Radha Mitchell (‘Man on Fire’, ‘Silent Hill’) with music by composer Antony Partos (‘Animal Kingdom’, ‘Tanna’).

Topics explored in the documentary category range from nature to art. In ‘American Mirror. Intimations of Immortality’, which explores the work of Tigran Tsitoghdzyan whilst also reflecting on patterns of beauty in an era of social media, a decisive role is played by the score of Mark Petrie (whose compositions have been heard in numerous trailers, including ‘Blade Runner 2049’ or ‘Avengers: Endgame’). ‘Pinazo. Notas y Pensamiento’ analyses the work of the great Valencian painter and is supported by the score of Josué Vergara (who has previously received 4 nominations in Fimucinema and won an award for Best Original Song in 2017 for ‘Sonríe’). ‘Finding Bobbi. A Search for Self’ brings our focus onto acting through an LGTBIQ+ production, via the figure of trans actress Bobbi-Jean Charlton. Music is by John McMillan, who worked as assistant to Brian Tyler on titles such as ‘Expendables 2: Back for War’ or ‘Iron Man 3’. ‘The Superpowers of the Bear’ studies how these mammals may prove vital to the future of humankind. Music is by Olivier Militon, who in 2016 was selected by Fimucinema for his music for the shortfilm ‘The Father’. In the documentary ‘700 Sharks’, we float in the waters off Polynesia in search of the greatest gathering of sharks on the planet as we are immersed in music by Julien Jouen, a musician with a great affinity for nature. The documentary category is rounded off with ‘The Perfect Gangster’ that revolves around the on-goings of the New York mafia, with music by Ryan Stevenson.

A total of 25 shortfilms will be competing for the FIMUCINEMA award for Best Original Score. Composers Manel Gil-Inglada (selected for ‘Trivial’ and ‘The Dark’), Luis Hernáiz (Fimucinema award winner last year in the documentary category for ‘Invierno en Europa’ and selected this year for ‘Miedos’), Ginés Carrión (‘La Tercera Parte’), Iván Capillas (‘Confía en mí’), Antonio Asiáin (‘Miserere’), the aforementioned Josué Vergara (with a double appearance in this category for ‘Lobisome’ and ‘Tiempo de Blues’) and Jonay Armas (‘El Zoo de Papel’) are just a few of the nominees who already have previous experience in these awards. French composer Mathieu Alvado (nominated for ‘Rebirth’ and ‘Safety’) and the German composer Anne-Kathrin Dern (‘Broken’) are repeat nominees from abroad. Those joining the FIMUCINEMA family of nominees for the first time this year are Alberto Torres (‘Bicho’, ‘Vico Bergman’), Joseba Beristain (‘La Noche’), Raúl Galván (‘Las Aventuras de Sancho’), Kasem Fahmi (‘Demasiado Lejos para Escucharlo Todo’), Pablo Trujillo (‘Una Noche Cualquiera’), Jonas Lechenmayr (‘Tariq’), Dani Trujillo (‘Nana’), Pau Loewe (‘La Guarida’) for national productions, and Alexandre Bouvier (‘L'Age d’Or’), Christy Carew (‘Virtually’), Jonathan Galland (‘The Ribbon’), and Yi Liu (‘HerT’) for foreign productions.

Once again, the promotional poster for this event was produced by Daniel Fumero of Limbo Kids studio using the same conceptual design and aesthetic from previous years, with this year’s image fitting well with the theme of ‘FIMUCITÉ the13th’.

FIMUCITÉ 13, which is directed by renowned Spanish composer and conductor Diego Navarro, will run 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.