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Film Fest Gent
World Soundtrack Awards - Talk: Film Music Seminar
Talk: Film Music Seminar

duration: 420 minutes

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This year's Film Music Seminar will take place on Tuesday 17 October 2017 from 09:00 to 16:00 at Vooruit Ghent with a focus on the different roles of jazz music in films. Is it the music genre of a specific ethnic group? Is it an essential aspect of crime films or musicals? What is its potential in such films as 'Birdman'? Is an orchestrated jazz theme still considered jazz? Or does jazz require a different form of cinema that centres around improvisation? Dr. Martine Huvenne and Peter Vermeersch moderate a debate with David Shire, Walter Murch, Joe Kraemer and Terence Blanchard.

09.00 - 09.30: Welcome
09.30 - 12.00: Introduction on jazz in film by dr. Martine Huvenne & Peter Vermeersch + interview with Terence Blanchard
12.00 - 13.00: Lunch & time to network
13.00 - 14.30: Interview with David Shire & Walter Murch
14.30 - 16.00: Interview with Joe Kraemer

Lunch and networking drinks are included in the price. Vegetarian options are available.
3rd bachelor & master students in film, music and/or sound who are interested in a matchmaking with other students can contact Celine @

Students & accreditations: €15
Normal fee: €20
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We also provide combi tickets for the Film Music Seminar and the Industry Day (on 18 October).
Students & accreditations: €25
Normal fee: €35
Individual reservations: order your tickets here
Group reservations: send an e-mail to
Please mention the following in your e-mail:
  • School/organisation
  • Number of participants
  • List of names
  • List of email addresses
  • Vegetarian or other diets
Press or industry professional? Request your accreditation by e-mailing

The Speakers
Martine Huvenne - curator and moderator
Dr. Martine Huvenne is researcher and lecturer sound and music for film at the Faculty of Audiovisual Arts of the School of Arts Gent, University College Ghent and LUCA School of Arts. She promoted in 2012 with a PhD on "Sound as Inner Movement in the Transfer of Experience in film: a Phenomenological Approach" at the University of Amsterdam. Her research and teaching is focused on the auditory part in the creative part of filmmaking.
Martine Huvenne is curator and co-organizer of Film Fest Gent's annual seminar on music and sound design in film. She also coordinates EPAS, the European Postgraduate in Arts in Sound (

Peter Vermeersch - curator and moderator
Peter Vermeersch is a composer, musician and teacher. During and after his studies, he played clarinet and saxophone in a group called Union, who provided musical support for the theatre group Radeis. A crucial point in Vermeersch' development was his collaboration with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in 1983. During this collaboration, he met a number of musician-composers, with whom he formed the group MAXIMALIST!. Later on Vermeersch started two new bands: A Group and Flat Earth Society. From 2004 until 2006, Vermeersch was city music composer of Ghent. He also wrote music for films such as 'Minoes', 'My Queen Karo' and 'The Jazz Rabbit'. For the Film Music Seminar, he took a trip through the history of jazz in film and put together this list, a personal selection of the most important or interesting collaborations between movie and jazz music.

Joe Kraemer - Composer
Our Discovery 2016 has already composed many television scores, but is justly celebrated for his collaboration with writer turned director Christopher McQuarrie on 'The Way of the Gun', 'Jack Reacher', 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation', all action thrillers that benefit considerably from Joe Kraemer's strongly eloquent scores. How does he experience his relationship with McQuarrie and how did he deal with the jazz influences in the original soundtrack of Lalo Schifrin?

David Shire - Composer & Walter Murch - Sound Designer
David Shire is this year's recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. During his impressive career he worked with great American directors as Francis Ford Coppola , Alan J. Pakula , Martin Ritt , George Romero and David Fincher. The best scores of the versatile Shire are jazz influenced but he also excels in other styles, for instance his action score in the classic Hollywood tradition and he even embraced the disco sound with his irresistible Manhattan Skyline from 'Saturday Night Fever'. Both Shire and Murch are Oscar winners and have collaborated with Francis Coppola for the magnificant classic 'The Conversation'. Their triangular, cinematic relationship will be the central point of discussion during this session.

Terence Blanchard - Composer & jazz musician
Terence Blanchard is considered the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. As a film composer Terence Blanchard is most known and admired for his unique collaboration with director Spike Lee that started in 1991 and includes 'Mo Better Blues', 'Malcolm X', 'Clockers', '25th Hour', 'Jungle Fever', 'Inside Man'. His innovative approach to film scoring results in film music that can be gritty urban, but also heartfelt, richly emotional or low key. Sometimes there's a blues sensibility at work but his jazz-flavoured arrangements also express a sense of anguish. How does a life long collaboration with a movie director form his scores?

Past events
2016: Music for Film / TV / Documentary with Jeff Beal, Jeff Russo, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johan Grimonprez & Karsten Fundal
2015: British Film Music: George Fenton, Craig Armstrong, Daniel Pemberton
2014: French Film Music: Thierry Jousse & Bruno Coulais
2013: Music for Films: team work? with Dirk Brossé, Rachel Portman & Dario Marianelli
2012: Sound Design with Michel Schöpping
2011: Sound Design and Editing with Walter Murch
2010: Collaboration between composer & filmmaker: Stephen Warbeck
2009: Composing for Asian Cinema with Shigeru Umebayashi
2008: An audiovisual symbiosis: Gabriel Yared & Anthony Minghella
2007: Relation between film music & sound: Mychael Danna, Steve Munro & Annabelle Pangborn
2006: Film Music & Emotion? Willem Thijssen, Simon Lenski, Frank Duchêne, Johan Hoogewijs, Tom Kestens & Geoffrey Enthoven
2005: Music or no music? Larry Sider, Mart Van den Burken, Eavesdropper, Michael Weilacher, Silvia Defrance, Hans Spilaert, Frodo Kuipers

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