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 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 6:08 AM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

The third "Festival des Musiques à l'Image" sponsored by Audi will take place in Paris on 1 & 2 November.

Official page (French) :

Link to the 2013 edition topic on this board :

Guests : Michael Giacchino, Fernando Velázquez, Jean-Michel Bernard.

Saturday 1 November
Masters classes with the guests at La Gaîté Lyrique (free, but regsitration required) :
13:30 : Jean-Michel Bernard
15:30 : Fernando Velazquez
17:00 : Michael Giacchino
18:30 : Archive (Darius Keeler & Dany Griffiths) with Jesus Hernandez, director of "Axiom"

Sunday 2 November
Concert at the Grand Rex (19:00) :
1 /Fernando Velázquez : Hercules, The Impossible, Mama…
Jean-Michel Bernard : Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep, Human Nature…
2/Cine-concert / Hommage to Michael Giacchino : Lost, Cloverfield, Super 8, Up!, Ratatouille, Medal of Honor, Mission Impossible III, Star Trek, The Incredibles…
3/ Live performance by Archive of their film-album "Axiom"

Tickets for the concert can be bought here :

I will update this post as details appear.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This is one of those festivals that has gone under the radar for me every year. It has always sounded a bit strange with the Audi connection. What does Audi and film scores have in common?

Looks intriguing, even though I'm no big fan of Giacchino.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

Audi has a patronage program in design, contemporary art, short film and screen music (probably a mix of true patronage, PR effort and tax deduction). The winner in each field is awarded money to produce its next project, which is then seen in museums/festivals/etc.. My understanding is that this wasn't particularly adapted for music, so the music winner is contracted to Audi to produce the music for their TV commercials for one year, and, somewhere along the line, it was thought that a film music festival was the next logical step of promotion, since none existed in France.

So, when you consider this festival, you must be aware that it screams PR. It was not founded by fans exclusively, even if respected professionals are involved (Stéphane Lerouge). This brings positive things* (money, prestigious places, very professional organisation), and some drawbacks* (the need to appeal to mass audience - this year, with Archive -, not-so-pertinent TV stars as hosts, prize ceremony with city officials).

* ah, and beautiful hostesses too. I let you judge if this is pleasant, irrelevant or sexist.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 12:45 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks for the info. It's a weird thing, but maybe there's a parallell here in Norway, with Statoil (our major oil company) funding culture events, but it's a bit different because the major shareholder is the Norwegian state, so not that much pressure in terms of publicity and commercialism.

Regardless of the origin of the festival, it's still great that something happens in France too.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

Yeah, my feeling is that festivals in France are almost aways founded or "hijacked" by public or sometimes private patronage, which gives them a kind of "institutional" feel I'm not so fond of. I would prefer grassroot fan festivals (I loved the Belgian or Swiss fantasy film festivals I attended, not so much the PR funded French one). But that a film music festival appeared in France is such a surprise that I prefer to support it rather than keep complaining.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 12:59 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Wish we had any of these big sponsors here.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 1:07 PM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

A film music festival built around the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, that would be great indeed.

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 1:11 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Isn't that what the upcoming Prague festival is doing?

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)

Well, we are having 3rd one in less than a month.

But it's not built entirely around CPPO, although they are "partners" of the festival and James Fitzpatrick has been closely involved with the festival since its start. Unfortunately since CPPO is individually contracted orchestra, every single one of the musicians has to be paid individually, which gets very expensive. There are also massive payments involved for the concert hall, choir, renting the scores, conductors fees (fortunately both Nic Raine and James Shearman have been very kind in this regard), travel and hotel expenses for guest, etc, etc, etc...

Everything is almost entirely covered by tickets sales, etc... so unless we (at least nearly) sell out we are screwed. That's why we should be on nr 4 right now, but there wasn't one last year because of major loss of nr. 2. But I am not the right person to discuss all this since I have been only helping out with the guests for this year and the next (if we are lucky enough to have one more next year).

Film Music Prague aka Concert for Help is a charity event, so it is still supposed to earn at least some money that can be donated to selected cancer research facility.

Either way... more info at

Fingers crossed this year will end well, so we can move on right into final preparations for nr 4, which already has two quite amazing guests in negotiations, so hopefully it won't have to be canceled in the end...

 Posted:   Aug 31, 2014 - 1:46 PM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

OK, I'm dumb, I wasn't even aware of this one. Great program, I hope it will have the success it deserves.

 Posted:   Sep 3, 2014 - 10:50 AM   
 By:   Mr Hand   (Member)

Added :
- Master classes & concert programs
- official page
- link to buy concert tickets

And Archive are British, not French as I thought.

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