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OSCAR WINNER RANDY THOM JOINS THE ISFMF!

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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OSCAR PREDICTIONS

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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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

ISFMF wishes you merry Christmas and happy New Year 2013! We are entering the year of the festival’s inauguration so we hope you are as excited as we are. In January, ISFMF is opening competition for film music, so stay tuned for the latest news. Meanwhile, enjoy Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in Minnellis’s “Meet me in St. Louis”. Your ISFMF’s team!    

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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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IT’S DECEMBER!

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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Greatest of the Week: ENNIO MORRICONE

The legend of film music, Italian composer Ennio Morricone (born 1928) has written music for more than 500 films and television series, in a 60-years lasting career. In the early 1960’s he came to the attention of his former school friend Sergio Leone, who hired Morricone to compose the music to some of his best known films. Together they created a distinctive score to accompany Leone’s different version of the ‘western […]

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Greatest of the Week: JOHN BARRY

John Barry (1933 – 2011) is one of the greatest British composers. He built his fantastic career on the James Bond movies (he has scored 11 of them) and won five Oscars. Barry was the master of rich orchestral music, involved in every little detail of his film scores. In Goldfinger (1964) he perfected the ‘Bond  sound’, a heady mixture of brass, jazz and sensuous melodies. Barry was also an […]

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Greatest of the Week: DARIO MARIANELLI

Italian composer Dario Marianelli (born 1963) was relatively unknown, but in 2005 he started to collaborate with British director Joe Wright on his film Pride & Prejudice and became widely recognized. Marianelli’s scores evoke strong emotions by using delicate piano and solo violin, but also some unusual ‘instruments’, such as a typewriter. With his latest score for Wright’s Anna Karenina, he eyes for another Oscar (the first one was for […]

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