Festival International du Film d'Aubagne - March 18th to 23th 2019


InMICS Composers Lab


InMICS is an international master’s degree programme in composition for visual media, created in 2018 by 4 European (Belgium, France and Italy) and Canadian institutions and 4 professional organisations active in the audiovisual sector. This 2-year programme gives students the chance to hone their knowledge and skills, share their talents, and develop their own personality and projects within an international and professional environment.

InMICS offers a international experience to students: each of them studies at 2 of the 4 partner institutes, and receives a double Master’s degree upon completion of the programme. The 4 institutions delivers a different teaching approach to composition for visual media:
• Conservatorio GB Martini Bologna: Electroacoustic Composition for Screen
• School of Arts of University College Ghent: Composition for Animation, Documentary and Video
• CNSMD de Lyon: Scoring for Screen
• Université De Montréal’s Faculty of Music: Composition for Video Games

The “InMICS Composers Lab” is an essential component of the master’s and offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a series of intensive masterclasses, workshops and training sessions given by renowned professionals. The InMICS Composers Lab is organised by and will take place at the 3 festivals: Film Fest Gent (Belgium), Festival International du Film d’Aubagne (France) and the Krakow Film Music Festival (Poland).

InMICS is dedicated to students, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music (or equivalent), highly skilled, as well as individual, creative, critically aware, innovative and professional in their approach. 12 students from different countries and backgrounds compose the 1st student group.

The selection of the next student group will start in November 2019. The admitted students will enter the programme in September/October 2020.

Description of the curriculum and partners, and profiles of the students

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Co-founded by the Creative Programme of the European Union

   Film Fest Gent        cnsmd    Region Auvergne Rhône Alpes       
      Alcime - Festival International du Film d'Aubagne   Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union    

InMICS Composers Lab Part II

Wednesday March 20th 

2:00 pm  - 3:00 pm Master Class with guest of honor, composer Trevor Jones (South of Africa). With the participation of composer Jean-Michel Bernard (France). 
Pour InMICS Composers Lab.

“Music is a direct emotional thread for the audience, it reaches directly for the heart bypassing the brain”

At age 9, Trevor Jones discovers Limelight by Charlie Chaplin. Leaving the screening, he knew that he wanted to become a film score composer. Noticed for his work on an Irish TV show, John Boorman allows him to write for his first feature Excalibur (1981). A prolific career follows. Trevor Jones composes for cult films such as Mickael Mann’s Le dernier des Mohicans, Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal and Labyrinthe or even Cliffhanger. His versatility and undeniable talent have allowed him to work, among others, with directors such as Harold Becker (Mélodie pour un meurtre, 1989), Mark Herman (Les Virtuoses, 1996), John Henderson, Barbet Schroeder or even Richard Loncraine (Richard III, 1995).

04:00 pm 06:00 pm - Master Class with International publicist Nathalie Courville (Canada).
For InMICS Composers Lab. 

Nathalie Courville has evolved in the fields of communications, marketing, culture and events for over 30 years. She provides marketing and private financing advice to various cultural and event organizations in Canada and Europe. Since September 2018, she is based in Brussels. She combines an invited professor position in the Master in Event Management at the IHECS (Institute of Higher Studies of Social Communication) to a position of strategic adviser at the BME (Brussels Major Events). The ASBL organizes major events occurring in the city of Brussels.

07:15 pm - Cinema Le Pagnol - 
Screening of feature film Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson with an original music by David Thór Jonsson. 
Open to the public. 

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain,” Halla secretly wages a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. As Halla’s actions grow bolder, she succeeds in pausing the negotiations between the Icelandic government and the corporation building a new aluminium smelter in the mountains. But right as she begins planning her biggest and boldest operation yet, she receives an unexpected letter that changes everything. Her application to adopt a child has finally been accepted and there is a little girl waiting for her in Ukraine.

Thursday March 21st  

9:45 am - 11:45 am - Masterclass on Author’s rights by Lucie Bourguoin – Permissions Inc. Montréal(Canada)
For InMICS Composers Lab. 

11:30 am- 01:00 pm - Masterclass with the duet of Woman at War. 
For InMICS Composers Lab with Benedikt Erlingsson - Director and David Thor Jonsson - Composer.

Benedikt Erlingsson – Director (Iceland)

Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic director, author and actor. « Of Horses and Men »,Erlingsson’s first feature film as a writer-director, received the New Directors prize at the 2013 San Sebastián Film Festival and went on to win over 20 international awards, including the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize. Benedikt Erlingsson's second feature « Woman at War » received the SACD Prize at the Critics’ week in Cannes 2018 and went on to win more than 25 international awards including The Nordic Council Film Prize 2018 and the LUX Prize.

David Thór Jónsson – Composer (Iceland)

Pianist, musician and composer David Thor Jonsson is a wildly versatile and creative artist with a special passion for improvisation. He has performed in a number of ensembles as well as collaborating with many of Iceland’s foremost musicians, movie directors and artists -as instrumentalist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer. David has received numerous awards for his music, including both the Icelandic Music Prize and the Icelandic Theatre Prize as well as international awards for his original soundtrack for « Of Horses and Men ».

03:15 pm - 04:30 pm - Observation - Third character meetings International Market For Film Music Composition. 
For InMICS Composers Lab.

05:15 pm - 06:30 pm - Master Class with composer Cyrille Aufort (France) What is the job of a composer assistant?
For InMICS Composers Lab. 

Friday March 22nd  

10:00 am -11:00 am - Théâtre le Comoedia La Coulisse - 
Master Class by the duet diretor/composer Tomm Moore & Bruno Coulais. Open to public event.

11:00 am - 12:00 am - Master Class by the duet director/composer Denis Dercourt & Jérôme Lemonnier.
Ouvert au public.

02:00 pm - 06:00 pm - Workshop " Composition sur scénario" 

For this specific workshop, InMICS students will be put in contact with 6 students filmmakers from different European schools who are currently working on a shortfilm.

Two students will be assigned the same filmic project and will be asked to work individually on an original musical proposal of max 3 minutes based on the musical intentions shared by the filmmaker in advance.

During the workshop, each filmmaker will have to pitch his/her film and the specific extract chosen for the workshop. They will also have to pitch their musical intentions for the extract. That way, the whole group will get to know each filmic project.

Each composer will also have to pitch the original musical proposal (midi music or recorded in advance) for this specific extract of the film (Max 3 minutes). There will be time for each composer to comment the music he/she has composed (based on script).

08:00 pm - Théâtre Comoedia - Concert Tribute to Film Music.

Saturday March 23rd 

10:30 am - 11:30 am - Master Class with the composer Christophe Héral. For InMICS Composers Lab. 

Christophe Héral is a French composer and sound designer for cinema, television and video games. Renowned for his numerous compositions in films. In parallel, he collaborates with Michel Ancel on the music of video games including Beyond Good and Evil, which won many prizes, Rayman Origins, Tintin et le secret de la Licorne, andRayman Legends (Ubisoft) for which he won the Best original music for a video game award at the Game Paris Awards (2013). He is currently working on two AAA gamesBeyond Good and Evil 2 (Ubisoft) and Wild (Sony), Laguionie’s next feature Le voyage du prince and four short films.

08:30 pm Théâtre Comoedia  - Award ceremony of the 20th anniversary of the FIFA followed by the Ciné-Concert from the 2019 Master Class led by Christophe Héral. Open to public event. 


What is InMICS?
International Master in Composition for Screen


Since 2014, the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne has been working collaboratively on the development of this international master’s programme dedicated to composers for screen. InMICS is the outcome of a fruitful partnership launched in 2014 gathering 4 of European and Canadian higher art education institutes and professional organizations in the field of audiovisual creation. It opens its doors to the first student group composed of 12 international students with various backgrounds and profiles in 2018.

InMICS has been developed to teach students how to manage the entire process of music creation for audiovisual media, from composing and recording the music to finding the right words to talk about visual art, as well as mixing the music and promoting their own work.

InMICS offers the students an international and professional learning environment, entailing a great diversity of aesthetics, cultures and teaching methods, the sharing of optimal practices and the exploration of innovative practices and tools.

The study is for two years, at two of the four partner institutes. Each of the participating schools offers a specific teaching environment and a different teaching approach to composition for visual media, with a specific focus on the medium and professional perspectives.

InMICS students receive a double Master’s degree at the end of the 2 years.

The selection of the next student group will be in 2020.

   InMics    HoGent    KASK    cnsmd    Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montreal     
  Conservatorio Giovan Battista Martini Bologna   Alcime - Festival International du Film d'Aubagne   Cineteca   Film Fest Gent   Region Auvergne Rhône Alpes  

This project was funded with support from the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2017
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