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. In addition to his film scoring career, Bellis is past president of the Society of Composers and Lyricists; served on the faculty of the University of Southern California for 17 years, where he lectured in the Scoring for Television and Motion Pictures program; and acts as host/mentor for ASCAP’s annual Film Scoring Workshop.

Richard Bellis will hold 2 amazing masterclasses at ISFMF 2018: “Music the invisible actor” and “Finding your own voice” and he will participate in one panel discussion “…Music, camera, action! (the Director/Composer relationship)”.


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The mission of the festival of film music ISFMF is the promotion and preservation of film music as an irreplaceable element of cinematography which is a great art itself. Also, the mission is to expand awareness among the audience and filmmakers on the importance of original music in film.
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