We are happy to announce the selected topics of ISFMF 2017 panels and masterclasses programme.



SUNDAY, 22nd of October 2017, Park Plaza Histria


 Richard King

Richard King is an American sound designer and editor who has worked on over 70 films throughout his career. He won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing for the films Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), The Dark Knight (2008) and Inception (2010). He was also nominated for War of the Worlds (2005) and Interstellar (2014). Some of his other work include successful films like The Prestige, There will Be Blood, Thor, The Dark Knight Rises, In Time, The 5th Wave, and most recently Suicide Squad and Dunkirk. Richard King is a member of the International Sound & Film Music Festival’s Board.

 Richard Bellis

The background of Richard Bellis is distinguished by its surprising diversity: child actor, touring rock ‘n roll music director, arranger/conductor for Las Vegas headliners, university lecturer and now, award-winning Hollywood composer. He began his show business career acting in movies and TV, but turned his attention to music in his teens, fronting his own Dixieland band and writing arrangements for several Los Angeles based big bands.
Bellis spent several years arranging and/or conducting for a number of top Las Vegas acts. In 1976, he returned to Los Angeles on a full-time basis to begin a film-scoring career.
He has won an Emmy Award for the Stephen King’s mini-series It and has scored more than 45 films and television movies throughout his career. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

 Robert Townson

For over twenty years, record producer Robert Townson has led one of the most successful and prolific careers in both the Hollywood and world film music communities. His career has focused on both the most successful films of today as well as providing an invaluable chronicle of many of the greatest motion picture scores from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Spring of 2010 has seen the highly anticipated release of Townson’s 1000th album.
Taking over production at Varèse Sarabande Records in 1989, his first project for the company was the Grammy®-nominated album from Ginger-Ale Afternoon, composed by Blues legend Willie Dixon. Quickly following this, Townson produced the soundtracks for the Academy Award-winning Driving Miss Daisy, featuring the music of Hans Zimmer, as well as the acclaimed Irish film My Left Foot, featuring a score by the legendary Elmer Bernstein. 1990 saw Townson produce CDs for no fewer than seven of the summer’s top eleven films including the platinum-selling Ghost, plus Back To The Future Part III, Die Hard 2: Die Harder, Jerry Goldsmith’s scores for both Total Recall and Gremlins 2, John Williams’ Presumed Innocent and the sequel to Robocop.
The string of successes has continued, uninterrupted, ever since.
In addition to his always-full schedule of new film soundtracks, Townson has, over this same period, restored and released CDs of the original motion picture soundtracks from such film and film music classics as Taxi Driver (Bernard Herrmann), Chinatown (Jerry Goldsmith), Lawrence of Arabia (Maurice Jarre), The Great Escape (Elmer Bernstein), Touch of Evil(Henry Mancini), Casino Royale (Burt Bacharach), The Omen (Jerry Goldsmith), Cleopatra (Alex North), Ghostbusters (Elmer Bernstein), and Bernard Herrmann’s landmark score from Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo, produced in conjunction with Universal’s theatrical re-release of the film in 1996. With much more than 1,200 albums to his credit, Robert Townson remains the most prolific producer of soundtrack albums in the world.

 Beth Krakower

In 1989 Beth began her career at 99Rock in Hanover, NH, eventually becoming General Manager of the station.  Her record label experience includes stints as Director of Promotion at Pipeline Records, King Biscuit Flower Hour Entertainment (distributed by BMG) and Mechanic Records (then part of Giant Records).  In January of 1996, she joined Milan Entertainment, as the National Director of Radio and Web Promotions and Acting Director of Media Relations where she fell in love with working on soundtrack recordings for visual media.  

In 1998 Beth Krakower founded CineMedia Promotions, specializing in publicity, radio and web promotions campaigns for crossover artists, soundtracks, and cast album recordings.  She has promoted the soundtracks of over 1000 soundtrack and cast album recordings.

Beth has been a panelist/speaker for The SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists),  Krakow Film Music Festival, The International Film Music Festival of the Province of Córdoba, CMJ Music Marathon, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference, MidAtlantic Music Conference, College Media Conference, Film Music Network’s LA Chapter, and has led a workshop in Web Marketing for the Learning Annex (NYC).  She taught Entertainment Marketing and Marketing Music on the Web for CUNY Baruch College in NYC.

For eight years Beth served as the New York Chapter Manager of Film Music Network and was Assistant Program Director of filmmusicradio.com.  She was an Adjunct Professor at CUNY/Baruch College, works annually for the Telluride Film Festival, and her volunteer work includes serving on the Executive Board of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, The Teak Fellowship, Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA), and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.  In 2008 she earned the Young Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Dartmouth College.

 Jean-Michel Bernard

His career as a composer began with animated films, then as musical director of the successful radio show „L’Oreille en Coin“ on National Pubic Radio France Inter from 1987 to 1991. Collaborators include Philip Kaufman, Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, Claude Bolling, and many more.
Between 2000 and 2003, he performed with the Ray Charles Quartet on the European and Australian tours as organist and conductor, “this guy is a genius” Ray used to say concerning Jean-Michel Bernard.
In 2010 he collaborated with French actress and director Fanny Ardant on her film Chimères Absentes and worked on Academy Award winning ‘Hugo’ by Martin Scorsese. In 2013, he collaborated again with Fanny Ardant for her movie Cadences Obstinées starring Gerard Depardieu and scored the music of Love Punch by Joel Hopkins starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson.

In 2015 he scored ‘Love at First Child’ by Anne Giafferi and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ directed by Wes Anderson.

 Selma Prodanovic

Selma Prodanovic is an internationally awarded entrepreneur and philanthropist. Named Startup-Grande-Dame by the media, she is famous for her influence and her ability to create, develop, and connect business potential. In 2005 she founded the Brainswork Group and since launched a dozen of “made in brainswork”- brands, supported over 400 startups, and advised global investors, corporates and organizations. She had a major impact on the creative industries, the startup, and the business angel eco-systems in Austria and Europe. Her next goal is supporting 1millionstartups worldwide.

Selma is co-founder and Vice-President of Austrian Angel Investors Association, board member of European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and member of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). The Business Angelina has a portfolio of startup investments, is lead investor at Rising Tide Europe 1 – impacting the next generation of female business angels, was an investor in the startup TV show “2 Minutes – 2 Million”, and judged in over 100 investment jury sessions. As a professional speaker, Selma was over 1000 times on stage sharing her expertise in entrepreneurship, connecting, creativity, innovation, and startups at conferences or corporate events, but also at universities and through her online courses. She published the „Brainsbook on Networking” in 2009 and her book “Between Steel and Chocolate – Inspiring Success Stories from Austria” was published in 2013. She pioneered various concepts such as Chief Networking Officer, the business development strategy brainsworking, the Business-Angelina investment approach, IncrediblEurope 2049 and established the Brainswork – Make A Difference Awards. Media covered her expertise in over 40 countries.

For her innovative approach to business and commitment to entrepreneurship and social change, Selma received numerous awards such as the Austrian “WOMAN Award” in 2006, “100 World of Difference Award 2013” awarded by The International Alliance for Women in Washington, “Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2014” and “Best Pioneering Investment Initiative 2015” awarded by EBAN.

 Richard Parncutt

Richard Parncutt is a Head of The Centre for Systematic Musicology of The University of Graz. His specialty is the psychology of music. Parncutt’s research addresses the perception of musical structure (pitch, consonance, harmony, tonality, tension, rhythm, meter, accent), the psychology of music performance (especially piano performance), and the psychological origins of tonality.

 Anze Rozman

Anze Rozman is a composer of concert music and music for media from Ljubljana, Slovenia. He holds a bachelors degree in music composition from the Academy of music in Ljubljana and a masters degree from Berklee College of music in Scoring for Film, TV and Video Games.

As a classical music composer, he is most known for his orchestral and flute works, which are regularly performed in Europe, USA, Canada, South America and Asia. His music has been performed and recorded by orchestras such as the London Session Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and others.

As a composer for media, he has composed music for several short and feature films, video games and numerous TV ads and commercials.

Currently, he is in the process of moving his career to Los Angeles to work as a composer for the music production company Bleeding Fingers, formed by Hans Zimmer, Steve Kofsky and Extreme Music.

Helena Dukic

Helena Dukic is a broadly educated musician. She has earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from Music Academy Zagreb, her second Bachelor of Music Degree at University of Cambridge, her Master of Music Degree in Composing for Film from Kingston University, London in and her Nordoff Robbins Music therapy certificates and Guided Imagery and Music diploma.

Thus, her career has spun in three different directions: a performer and teacher, a composer and songwriter, and a music therapist.


 Ana Jovic

Ana Jović is a musicologist from Serbia who is currently specializing in Empirical Methods in Music Psychology and Ethnomusicology at the Musicology University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Ana and her colleagues are in the process of researching the relative importance of sound and image for emotion in movies.

 Barbara Haspl

Barbara Haspl is a musicologist from Austria who is currently specializing in Systematic Musicology and Ethnomusicology at the Musicology University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Barbara and her colleagues are in the process of researching the relative importance of sound and image for emotion in movies.