Ozren K. Glaser

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ISFMF, Artistic Director and Producer

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Austrian composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) is considered one of the founders of film music, along with music giants Alfred Newman and Max Steiner.  Korngold won the Academy Award for his score to The Adventures of Robin Hood in 1938, widely recognized as one of the best film scores ever composed. Korngold’s biographer Brendan G. Carroll wrote about his music the following: Treating each film as an ‘opera without singing’ […]

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Greatest of the Week: JOHN WILLIAMS

John Williams (born 1932) is a synonym for film music. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential and successful film composers of all time. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter and many more. Williams has won 5 Oscars and […]

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We’ll soon announce the nominations for Special Crystal Pine Award that goes to the composer and score outside of competition. Here is the list of 110 eligible film scores. ELIGIBLE SCORES: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Henry Jackman, composer After the Wizard, Stephen Main, composer Alex Cross, John Debney and Sebastian Morton, composers Arbitrage, Cliff Martinez, composer The Amazing Spider-Man, James Horner, composer Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli, composer Argo, Alexandre Desplat, […]

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Greatest of the Week: HOWARD SHORE

Canadian composer Howard Shore (born 1946), uncle of a Grammy Award nominated composer Ryan Shore, has composed music for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, for which he won three Oscars. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston after graduating from Forest Hill Collegiate Institute. Shore’s first first film score was to David Cronenberg‘s first major film The Brood […]

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The Festival’s Board is getting bigger and bigger. We are excited to have a double Oscar winner Randy Thom joined the ISFMF. Randy is one of the Hollywood’s most important and respected sound designers, with even 14 Oscar nominations and two wins. His masterful works include films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Harry Potter, The Polar Express, The Incredibles, War of the World, Ratatouille, How […]

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Greatest of the Week: JAMES NEWTON HOWARD

One of the most  respected composers of film music is surely James Newton Howard (born 1951) whose versatility and ability to compose most various and different scores make him very popular among film directors and also moviegoers. With a pack of eight Oscar nominations, Howard also has a reputation of being a fast composer due to his work on movies such King Kong and The Hunger Games, both of which were […]

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Only six days left before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces their Oscar nominations. The golden statuette is, for the 85th time, the highest honor any filmmaker could achieve. This year we expect an interesting and eclectic list of contenders, with no clear front-runner. However, the strongest names so far are Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, David O’ Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and Ben Affleck’s […]

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Greatest of the Week: HANS ZIMMER

Since the beginning of his tremendous career back in 1970’s as a new wave band member, German master of film music Hans Zimmer (born 1957) became one of the most influential composers, widely recognized by his memorable style and powerful scores. In the 1980’s Zimmer pertnered with composer Stanley Myers and they together worked on fusing the traditional orchestral sound with electronic instruments. A turning point in Zimmer’s career occurred […]

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December has come and we are very excited about the upcoming Christmas time! Our beautiful town is expecting a lot of snow this evening and you stay tuned for some of the best soundtracks from Christmas films. While waiting, listen to Michael White’ song based on the Frank Capra’s masterpiece, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).    

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Greatest of the Week: ALAN MENKEN

There is no more important composer for animated films than Alan Menken (born 1949), who revived the musical genre in film industry and created ‘a whole new world’ of eclectic, ingenious and beautiful scores for Walt Disney Company’s films. It all started with The Little Mermaid (1989), an animated masterpiece which gloriously came to theaters after many years of Disney’s financial and creative problems. The rest is history. Menken continued to […]

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