Festival International du Film d'Aubagne
From March 30th to Avril 4th 2020


InMICS Composers Lab

InMICS is an international master’s degree programme in composition for visual media, created in 2018 by 4 European (Belgium, France and Italy) and Canadian institutions and 4 professional organisations active in the audiovisual sector. This 2-year programme gives students the chance to hone their knowledge and skills, share their talents, and develop their own personality and projects within an international and professional environment.

InMICS offers a international experience to students: each of them studies at 2 of the 4 partner institutes, and receives a double Master’s degree upon completion of the programme. The 4 institutions delivers a different teaching approach to composition for visual media:
• Conservatorio GB Martini Bologna: Electroacoustic Composition for Screen
• School of Arts of University College Ghent: Composition for Animation, Documentary and Video
• CNSMD de Lyon: Scoring for Screen
• Université De Montréal’s Faculty of Music: Composition for Video Games

The “InMICS Composers Lab” is an essential component of the master’s and offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a series of intensive masterclasses, workshops and training sessions given by renowned professionals. The InMICS Composers Lab is organised by and will take place at the 3 festivals: Film Fest Gent (Belgium), Festival International du Film d’Aubagne (France) and the Krakow Film Music Festival (Poland).

InMICS is dedicated to students, who graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music (or equivalent), highly skilled, as well as individual, creative, critically aware, innovative and professional in their approach. 12 students from different countries and backgrounds compose the 1st student group.

The selection of the next student group will start in November 2019. The admitted students will enter the programme in September/October 2020.

Description of the curriculum and partners, and profiles of the students

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Co-founded by the Creative Programme of the European Union

   Film Fest Gent        cnsmd    Region Auvergne Rhône Alpes       
        Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union    

InMICS Composers Lab Part IV

Due to the current health crisis linked to Covid-19, we had to cancel the 21st edition of the Festival. Convinced that we needed to find solutions to defend the cultural values that we carry, we took the necessary measures to organize a dematerialized and digital festival. This also includes some of the activities dedicated to the Inmics Composers Lab program. Unfortunately, we would not maintain all of the programme but we are happy to announce that the following activities will be maintained by videoconferences:
  • European Market for Film Music Composition - Participation of the InMICS students to the 3rd Character meetings
  • Visio-conference with composers 
  • Video game workshop with Christophe Héral and the participation of FX Dupas

Wednesday April 1st
10:00 - 12:00 am - Thaetre Comoedia
Masterclass with Eric Barbier et Renaud Barbier.

RENAUD BARBIER - Composer (France)
After 10 years of classical piano, Renaud Barbier studies at the Centre Musical Créatif of Nancy, where he graduates in 1991 with a special mention, unanimously delivered by a jury. As he performs on stage for jazz and world music bands, he also integrates Boston’s Berklee College of Music in Piano jazz performance, Composition, Film Scoring and Jazz Composition given by Herb Pomeroy. He later turns towards composition and orchestral direction. Since then, Renaud Barbier scored more than fifty films and telefilms, series, documentaries and commercials. Among others, he signs the scores of films such as Le tueur de Montmartre by Borislav Sajtinac (winner of many international prizes), Mejor es que Gabriela no se muera, winner of the Best First Film at Cinequest International Festival of San Jose, and Brassens, la mauvaise réputation directed by Gérard Max. His brother Eric Barbier hands him the music of several of his films, such as Le Serpent  (with Yvan Attal and Clovis Cornillac) and Le dernier diamant with Bérénice Bejo and Yvan Attal. Renaud Barbier also scored the additional music of La promesse de L’aube (with Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg), another film by his brother. More recently, he scored Petit Pays (adapted from Gaël Faye’s novel, 2020) directed by Éric Barbier (with Djibril Vancoppenolle and Jean Paul Rouve) that just came out in March 2020.

ERIC BARBIER - Director (France)
Graduated from the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (IDHEC), Eric Barbier rapidly directs his first fiction shorts. La Face Perdue (1982) wins the Grand Prize at Albi Festival.
1985 TheVictor Hugo Prize allows him to direct his first feature film LE BRASIER, which comes out in 1991 With Marushka DETMERS  and Jean Marc BARR. The film wins the Jean Vigo Prize.
1993 LES ANNÉES LYCÉEE telefilm for ARTE .
1999 TOREROS, with Olivier MARTINEZ and Claude BRASSEUR.
2006 LE SERPENT, with Yvan ATTAL, Clovis CORNILLAC and Pierre RICHARD.
2012 LE DERNIER DIAMANT, with Berenice BEJO and Yvan ATTAL.
2017 LA PROMESSE DE L’AUBE, adapted from the eponym novel by Romain Gary, with Charlotte GAINSBOURG, Pierre NINEY, Catherine Mc CORMAC, Didier BOURDON, Jean Pierre DARROUSSIN.
2019 Shooting of PETIT PAYS adapted from the eponym novel by Gaël FAYE. With Jean Paul ROUVE. The film just came out on March 18 2020

Belgium/France - 2020 - 111’ - Fiction
During the 1990’s, a little boy lives in Burundi with his French entrepreneur father, his Rwandan mother and his little sister. He spends his time painting the town red with his classmates, until civil war bursts and puts an end to his childhood innocence.

16:00 - 18:00 pm - Linko
Masterclass with Dan Levy.

DAN LEVY  - Composer (France)
Along with Olivia Merilahti, Dan Levy founds the band The Dø in 2006. After three albums, (A mouthful / Both ways open jaws / Shake shook shaken) three international tours and one Victoire de la Musique, Dan Levy continues his career as a director and producer, collaborating with artists such as Jeanne Added, Thomas Azier or Lou Doillon. He noticeably composes for the Carolyn Carlson contemporary dance company and for films.
He received the Prize for Best Score for The Passenger at the Premiers Plans festival of Angers.

Réalisé par Jéremy Clapin - France - 2019 - 81’ - Animation
In Paris, Naoufel falls in love with Gabrielle. A little further in the city, a severed hand escapes from a laboratory, determined to find his body. Then begins a dizzying run through the city, strewn with pitfalls, and memories of his life until the terrible accident. Naoufel, the hand, Gabrielle, all three will find, in a poetic and unexpected way, the thread of their history...

Thursday April 2nd
9:00-10:30 am - Linko
Masterclass with Harold Manning.

HAROLD MANNING - Director, producer, screenwriter, translater (Britain)
Born in England in 1968, Harlod Manning learned French language for his baccalauréat in Angers while secretly working in the art house cinema « Les 400 coups », opened in 1982. As a student at La Sorbonne University, he attended  Joseph Morder’s film classes and directed short movies while collaborating with international distributors or movie sellers. In London, he oversaw the development of new full-length features for the BFI, the First Film Foundation and the Raw Productions society.
As early as 1988, he has been involved in the creation and program of  the « Premiers Plans » Angers festival. The film critic and filmmaker Louis Skorecki offered him his first role in « Les Cinéphiles ». Later, he also played in Jaco van Dormael ’s « Mr. Nobody » and Joseph Morder’s « El Cantor ».
His first full-length feature,  the war movie « Loin du Front », was co-directed by Vladimir Léon in 1998. The critical reception was enthusiastic. Harold Manning then directed documentary films, essentially interviews with filmmakers (Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, Hou Hsiao-Hsien). He discovered theatre by becoming Deborah Warner’s, then Robert Wilson’s assistant director, at the Odeon, Chaillot, at the Barbican and during international touring. He also became a regular guest on the France Inter radio, notably in his own musical program, « Au temps pour moi », in which he interviewed Pedro Almodovar, Chantal Akerman, Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears, Robert Guédiguian, or the famous jazz singer Shirley Horn, a close friend of him.

11:15 - 15:15 pm - L'Argilla
European Market for Film Music Composition.

16:00 - 18:00 pm - Linko
Masterclass with Howard Shore.

HOWARD SHORE - Composer (Canada)
“For a composer, music can lie in what we see.”
From rock-n-roll to opera and film music, Howard Shore distinguishes himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished of today’s composers. Awarded three Oscars, three Golden Globes and four Grammy Awards, he is David Cronenberg’s favorite composer as he composed the soundtracks of fifteen of his movies: The Brood, The Fly, Videodrome, eXistenZ, A Dangerous Method… Then, Martin Scorsese entrusted him with the original scores of After Hours, Gangs of New York, Aviator, The Departed, and Hugo. He also scored the soundtracks of Seven, The Game, Panic Room, The Silence of the Lambs, Ed Wood, Esther Kahn, Jimmy P. and, more recently, Le Prince oublié by Michel Hazanavicius. His extraordinary filmography is even more amazing when one considers that he has also composed the original soundtracks of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, for which he won the Academy Awards. Howard Shore’s music is played around the world, notably with The Lord of the Rings live to projection. That concert and The Lord of the Rings Symphony have been performed more than 500 times. Guest of honor of this 21st edition, Howard Shore invites you to rediscover a selection of films of his own choice, of which he has composed the original music, and to meet him during a Master Class preceded by a concert (30’) and during the screening of Francois Girard’s The Song of Names.

2020 Le prince oublié de/by Michel Hazanavicius
2019 The Song of Names de/by François Girard
2012-2014 Le Hobbit - la trilogie de/by Peter Jackson
2011 Hugo Cabret de/by Martin Scorsese
2011 A Dangerous Method de/by David Cronenberg
2006 Les infiltrés de/by Martin Scorsese
2004 Aviator de/by Martin Scorsese
2002 Gangs of New York de/by Martin Scorsese
2001-2003 Le seigneur des anneaux - la trilogie de/by Peter Jackson
2000 Esther Kahn de/by Arnaud Desplechin
1997 The Game de/by David Fincher
1996 Crash de/by David Cronenberg
1995 Seven de/by David Fincher
1991 Le silence des agneaux de/by Jonathan Demme

Directed by François Girard - Hungary/Canada - 2019 - 113’ - Fiction
Through the atrocities of war, two boys from different worlds lose one another to find each other again years later, their friendship still intact...

Friday April 3rd
11:00 am - Théâtre Comoedia
Masterclass with Robert Townson.

ROBERT TOWNSON - Producer of film music (US)
Robert Townson is the most prolific producer of film music in the world. Working with the legends of film music, past and present, including Jerry Goldsmith, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Georges Delerue, John Williams, Maurice Jarre, Dave Grusin, Lalo Schifrin, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Carter Burwell, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, David Arnold, Rachel Portman, Patrick Doyle, Brian Tyler, John Powell and almost everyone else, Robert has produced nearly 1500 film music recordings. In July of 2010, he celebrated the release of his 1000th album, with a deluxe boxed set of Alex North’s Spartacus.
Townson founded his first record label, Masters Film Music, in Canada in October of 1985. His first album release was Jerry Goldsmith’s The Final Conflict, and the string of successes has continued ever since. Townson and Goldsmith would end up doing over 80 albums together. Townson’s complete discography of original soundtracks, restorations of classics and new recordings is impossible to even summarize. It overflows with blockbuster and Academy Award-winning films, iconic and Emmy-winning television productions, as well as Grammy-nominated and -winning recordings.

14:00 - 18:00 am - Linko
Masterclass/Videogame workshop with Christophe Heral and FX Dupas

CHRISTOPHE HÉRAL - Composer, sound designer (France)
Christophe Héral is a French composer and sound designer for cinema, television and video games. Renowned for his numerous compositions, he has, among others, received the Best original music award at the Festival du cinéma d’animation français de Bruz in 2011 for La douce. The short film La queue de la souris, for which he composed the music, is nominated for a César in 2012 and after working on Jean-François Laguionie’s feature film L'Île de Black Mór, he receives the Jury’s special mention at the Festival d’Annecy (2010) for Kérity, la maison des contes. In parallel, he collaborates with Michel Ancel on the music of video games including Beyond Good and Evil, Rayman Origins, Tintin et le secret de la Licorne, and Rayman Legends (Ubisoft) for which he won the Best original music for a video game award at the Game Paris Awards (2013). He is currently working on the video games Beyond Good and Evil 2 (Ubisoft) and Wild (Sony). Christophe Héral is curious and passioned by all cultures and types of music, and he enjoys collecting musical instruments.

2019 Le voyage du prince by Jean-François Laguionie (feature animation)
2016 Le fils d’Ariane by Claude Luyet (short animated film)
2015 Peripheria by David Coquard-Dassault (short animated film)
2012 Au poil by Hélène Friren (short animated film)
2011 La douce by Anne Larricq (short animated film)

What is InMICS?
International Master in Composition for Screen


Since 2014, the Festival International du Film d'Aubagne has been working collaboratively on the development of this international master’s programme dedicated to composers for screen. InMICS is the outcome of a fruitful partnership launched in 2014 gathering 4 of European and Canadian higher art education institutes and professional organizations in the field of audiovisual creation. It opens its doors to the first student group composed of 12 international students with various backgrounds and profiles in 2018.

InMICS has been developed to teach students how to manage the entire process of music creation for audiovisual media, from composing and recording the music to finding the right words to talk about visual art, as well as mixing the music and promoting their own work.

InMICS offers the students an international and professional learning environment, entailing a great diversity of aesthetics, cultures and teaching methods, the sharing of optimal practices and the exploration of innovative practices and tools.

The study is for two years, at two of the four partner institutes. Each of the participating schools offers a specific teaching environment and a different teaching approach to composition for visual media, with a specific focus on the medium and professional perspectives.

InMICS students receive a double Master’s degree at the end of the 2 years.

The selection of the next student group will be in 2020.

   InMics    HoGent    KASK    cnsmd    Faculté de musique de l'Université de Montreal     
  Conservatorio Giovan Battista Martini Bologna     Cineteca   Film Fest Gent    

This project was funded with support from the Erasmus+ programme 2014-2017
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