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SCL at International Film Music Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival

Event: SCL at International Film Music Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival
Date: May 11, 2005 - May 22, 2005

May 11 - 22, 2005

For the first time there is an INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC PAVILION at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL. This is a grand premiere, because despite being an essential part of the cinematographic creation process, film music previously did not have a hub at the biggest film festival in the world, at least until now.

The UCMF (Union des Compositeurs de Musique de Film), working with other official groups representing professional film music composers from around the world including the Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), wanted to fill this oversight by offering a meeting place to welcome and bring together composers from all over the world, giving them a professional and convivial area, a space for information, interaction, services and reflection.

The INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC PAVILION is open during the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2005, May 11-22. All composers attending the festival are welcome at the INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC PAVILION, which is in the VILLAGE INTERNATIONAL FRANCE. All SCL members are invited to the daily cocktail parties organized by the UCMF at the INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC PAVILION, where you can get information about all the music events during the festival.

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A brochure entitled Music At The Heart Of The Picture, will be distributed from the INTERNATIONAL FILM MUSIC PAVILION and at all strategic areas and events (over 8,000 copies). It describes (through established professionals’ writings) the role and state of film music in the cinematographic and audiovisual landscape, and focuses on the growing popularity in this area by an ever increasing and diversified public. The brochure presents a large scope of analysis, viewpoints, figures and statistics, and includes a letter of greetings from SCL President Dan Foliart on behalf of the Society of Composers & Lyricists (see below).


Welcome and let me applaud the efforts of the Union des Compositeurs de Musique de Film in establishing the International Film Music Pavilion. The Cannes Film Festival has played an integral role in advancing the importance of cinema and finally there is a venue where composers from throughout the world can meet to exchange ideas and celebrate the joy of film music.

During my tenure as President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, one of my goals has been to promote a feeling of camaraderie within our numbers, which have grown to over eight hundred. Although as composers and songwriters we often compete for many of the same jobs, it only enhances our over-all experience to know our colleagues and engage in constructive dialogue that will elevate the respect and prestige that we so richly deserve. The Film Music Pavilion will provide just that outlet and I would encourage members of all crafts to visit. While experiencing the many exciting events that are planned around the Festival, I would hope that the community at large would gain a greater respect and insight into our unique profession.

The Society of Composers & Lyricists has a long and distinguished heritage, since its inception as the Screen Composers Association in 1945. Such luminaries as Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner and Bernard Herrmann played key roles in establishing an organization that would not only champion composer and songwriter rights, but would perpetuate our craft through scholarly discourse on relevant subjects.

We are proud to have welcomed Maurice Jarre as our newest Advisory Board Member on a celebrated list that includes Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Bill Conti, Charles Fox, James Newton Howard, Quincy Jones, Alan Menken, Lalo Schifrin, Marc Shaiman, Howard Shore, Alan Silvestri, Patrick Williams, Hans Zimmer and until recently our beloved, Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith and David Raksin.

So on behalf of my board of directors, let me extend my congratulations on this milestone, which will hopefully become the first of many such gatherings at this most celebrated of festivals.

Dan Foliart
President, The Society of Composers and Lyricists

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