The Fimucité Film Scoring Academy announces their master class and round table programme, focused on the great musicals in the history of film

- Guest speakers include Oscar-winning 'La La Land' composer Justin Hurwitz and veteran producer and music supervisor Andy Hill.

This year, the FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy, one of the most anticipated parallel activities of the Festival Internacional de Música de Cine de Tenerife (FIMUCITÉ), opens its program to the general public, who will be able to enjoy master classes and round tables featuring such notable names as the composer of the 'La La Land' soundtrack Justin Hurwitz, recipient of two Oscars, four Golden Globes, three Critics' Choice Awards, two Grammys and a BAFTA; or Andy Hill, Dean and Director of Studies at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe in Sofia, Bulgaria. Attendance will be free of charge and can be validated for an open credit. The registration form will soon be available on the festival website,

As per the agreement reached with the University of La Laguna, the programme of the FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy will begin on Monday, June 24th in the assembly hall of the Faculty of Education with presentation “FIMUCITÉ: 18 Years of History in the World's Longest-Running Film Music Festival”, delivered by its founder and director, renowned Canarian composer Diego Navarro. In this master class, which will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Navarro will share his knowledge and experience in the world of music for film, highlighting his personal and professional career, sharing details about his creative processes, influences and experiences in creating music for various film productions. This is a unique opportunity for students, professionals and lovers of film music who wish to be inspired and acquire valuable knowledge in this field.

The rest of the programme activities will take place on July 16th, 17th and 18th at the Espacio Cultural CajaCanarias in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

On Tuesday, July 16th, starting at 6:00 p.m., the master class “Composing for the Stage or Staging for the Music?” will take place, delivered by Leandro A. Martin, composer and teacher and researcher of Didactics of Musical Expression at the ULL. He has premiered works and given conferences in Germany, Cuba, Italy, Argentina, Spain, England, among other countries.

On Wednesday, July 17th, a double session is planned that will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the presentation “Cabaret, a Modern Classic,” given by Isabel Castells Molina, Professor of the subject “Literature and Cinema.” at ULL, who has dealt with the relationships between both disciplines in articles, books and conferences. A specialist in the genre, she will offer further insight into Bob Fosse's film, through its musical numbers, paying special attention to the narrative function of the songs and choreographies, which illustrate the evolution of the characters and the plot itself.

The day will continue at 6:00 p.m. with the participation of Andy Hill, who has thirty-five years of experience in the film music industry and will give the master class “What Film Composers can Learn from Songwriters”. He is currently Director of the M.F.A. (Master in Fine Arts) program in Music for Film and Contemporary Media at the Film Scoring Academy of Europe. Hill will make a journey through standards of musical theatre and its film adaptations, from “You'll Never Walk Alone”, “My Favorite Things” and “Maria” to “Send In The Clowns” and “Memory”, to discover that, “even in a time when melody does not seem to be the cornerstone of film music, a good motif and a set of hooky chords can still go a long way.”

The programme scheduled for Thursday, July 18th will begin at 4:30 p.m. with “The Evolution of the Musical”, a presentation by the creator of specialised website, Paco Dolz. As an expert and commentator of the genre, he will go on a journey in which the most legendary musicals in the history of cinema will be remembered and can then be enjoyed live at the great Closing Symphonic Concert 'A Million Dreams', which will take place on Saturday July 20th at the Auditorio de Tenerife under the direction of Diego Navarro.

The final touch to the FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy 2024 sessions will be, starting at 6:00 p.m., a round table with Justin Hurwitz, Paco Dolz and Robert Townson, one of the most prolific producers of film music in the world. Film and music lovers alike are invited to take part in this special event where they will have the opportunity to delve into the fascinating world of musical composition for film, focusing on hit film 'La La Land'. Moderated by Gorka Oteiza, founder and director of the digital medium SoundTrackFest, it will be an exclusive meeting, the perfect complement to enjoy the “Live to Picture” experience of 'La La Land in Concert' on Friday, July 19th, within the program of the festival.

The FIMUCITÉ Film Scoring Academy started in 2016 as part of the festival's commitment to specialised training in this field and offers a unique opportunity to students and professional musicians interested in creating music for the audiovisual. Throughout its history it has had an extraordinary roster of speakers, who are joined this year by relevant figures who will also bring their experience and knowledge to members of the general public curious about all things musical and audiovisual.

The Festival Internacional de Música de Cine de Tenerife (FIMUCITÉ), of global importance in its genre, has as its main sponsor Cabildo de Tenerife and Turismo de Tenerife along with the  Ayuntamientos de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Gobierno de Canarias. In addition, it is supported by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Auditorio de Tenerife, and the special collaboration of Fundación Disa, Emmasa, Fundación SGAE, Fundación CajaCanarias, Domingo Alonso and AUDI, as the official Festival car, and Fundación Diario de Avisos, the Grupo Plató del Atlántico and Televisión Canaria as main media partners. FIMUCITÉ will celebrate its 18th Edition from the 5th to the 20th of July, 2024.