Masterclass and panels
Cinematic Musical Evocations
Massimo Privitera
Monday, October 2nd
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
The evolution of Music for Images (Film, TV Series, Documentaries, Video Games, and Cartoons) through human sensations and feelings such as "JOY," "FEAR," "LOVE," "ABSTRACTION-ESTRANGEMENT," "DRAMA," "DISTURBANCE," and "ECSTASY."

Massimo Privitera,
born on July 23, 1972, in Catania and currently residing in Milan, is a prominent figure in the realm of music for visual media, encompassing film, TV series, documentaries, video games, and cartoons. He is the founder and director of the web magazine dedicated to film music, During the 1990s until the mid-2000s, he worked as a promoter, copyrighter, and editor for Mediaset. Additionally, Privitera is a director of short films and television programs, as well as an author for various TV productions by both Mediaset and Rai.
In 2003, he established the print magazine, which has now transitioned into a web magazine, titled "Colonne Sonore – Immagini tra le note." This magazine stands as the first and only one of its kind in Italy, focusing on music composed for visual media. Privitera introduced the 'Colonne Sonore' award, which has been presented to esteemed composers such as John Williams, Howard Shore, Ennio Morricone, and Alexandre Desplat. He co-hosts the web program "Soundtrack City" alongside Marco Testoni, delving into the world of music created for visual media.
In collaboration with Federico Biella, Privitera co-authored the book "QUANDO CANTAVANO LE COLT - Enciclopedia cinemusicale del western all’italiana," published by Casa Musicale Eco in Monza, as well as "Game of Scores – Le migliori colonne sonore tv degli anni Duemila" for Bietti Fotogrammi, edited by Ilaria Floreano. He also co-wrote "Operazione Underscore – Le colonne sonore dei film di James Bond" with Andrea Natale, published by Bluebelldisc. Furthermore, Privitera is the author of the book "Colonne Sonore – Immagini tra le note" for Bloodbuster editions, commemorating 20 years of his magazine and featuring 23 interviews with illustrious film music composers from both the past and present.
He has contributed and continues to contribute reviews and articles dedicated to film scores for publications such as Audioreview, Vinile, Fumo di China, and Billboard Italia. Moreover, Privitera imparts various courses on music applied to visual media at conservatories, high schools, and music academies. He, along with Testoni, also offers an online course on CineArteMusica.
Bringing Cartoons to Life - Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
George Daugherty - Moderator Gorka Oteiza – Live
Monday, October 2nd
3 PM - 4 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
The creator and orchestra conductor of the opening event of the Rome Film Music Festival 2023 tells the story behind a show that has been sold out worldwide for over 30 years and is now coming to Italy for the first time. A story that goes back to the origins of Looney Tunes, the legendary musical cartoons of Warner Bros, which, among other things, contributed to the spread of great European symphonic music in the United States.

George Daugherty has conducted over 250 American and international orchestras and has received a Primetime Emmy Award, five other Emmy nominations, and numerous other awards for his work in television and cinema. He has often been a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Danish National Symphony, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and many others. He has conducted the Los Angeles Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl 22 times and the National Symphony 20 times at the Wolf Trap. He has frequently been a guest conductor at the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra of London, and on tours throughout the UK, the United States, and Canada, conducting "A Royal Christmas" for Dame Julie Andrews. Christopher Plummer and the Royal Ballet were also part of it.
A well-known ballet and opera orchestra conductor, he has directed for the American Ballet Theatre, the Bavarian Staatsoper, and the Ballet, the Balletto della Scala, the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Teatro Bellas Artes, and numerous other companies, and has been the musical director of the Ballet Chicago, the Chicago City Ballet, the Louisville Ballet, and the Ballet San Jose, among many others. George Daugherty and producer David Ka Lik Wong received the Primetime Emmy as executive producers of the ABC's animation and live-action production of Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," which Daugherty also directed, wrote, and directed, and for which he was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Music Direction. "Peter and the Wolf" was one of the most awarded children's specials in television history, also receiving a Writer's Guild (WGA) Award and a Non-Competition Award at the Cannes Television Festival and Market. Daugherty and Wong were also executive producers and writers for the PBS/Sesame Workshop children's series "Sagwa, The Chinese Siamese Cat," and both received an Emmy nomination for "Rhythm & Jam," their educational music specials on ABC.
Play and Listen: Composing for Video Games - Zoom
Niccolò Pacella
Monday, October 2nd
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation

Born in Milan, Italy, Niccolò Pacella writes music for visual arts and interactive media. He blends synthesis with orchestral sounds, with his style ranging from intimate compositions for strings and evocative dreamy textures to powerful cinematic orchestrations. In 2022, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he received the George Delerue Memorial Scholarship, the most prestigious award in the Film Scoring Department. Besides teaching Composition Technology, during his time at Berklee, he composed the soundtrack for numerous short films and worked as an audio supervisor, composer, and technical sound designer for various video game projects. Thanks to the Wachter Scholarship, he was able to move to Los Angeles immediately after graduation, where he currently resides. He works at Bleeding Fingers.
John Williams: The Essence of the Maestro.
Simone Pedroni, Sara Andon, Cecilia Tsan, and Robert Townson - Live
Monday, October 2nd
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
In an ideal sequel to the concert dedicated to John Williams presented by the Festival on Sunday, October 1st, soloists Sara Andon, Simone Pedroni, and Cecilia Tsan, along with producer Robert Townson, return to meet the audience. A more intimate and collected form to tell the genesis of a project that aims to transport the listener into the deepest nature of Williams' creative universe. A story told through words and music, where the three great musicians (instruments in hand) and the creator of the concert will unveil the "behind the scenes" of a complex and fascinating operation.

Sara Andon

Flutist Sara Andon is an international soloist and recording artist known for her enchanting tone and deeply engaging musical interpretations. A versatile performer in many musical genres, including solo, chamber, symphonic, opera, ballet, new music, jazz, and Broadway, she has performed worldwide in major concert venues, television and radio broadcasts, as well as in many film soundtracks. Andon has performed with American orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pasadena Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Master Chorale, California Philharmonic, Pasadena Pops, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has worked with world-renowned conductors such as Kurt Masure, David Zinman, John Mauceri, Jeffrey Kahane, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Simone Pedroni

Simone Pedroni is a highly acclaimed, award-winning artist celebrated worldwide for his virtuosity, color palette, and imposing stage presence. A student of Piero Rattalino at the "G. Verdi" Conservatory in Milan and of Lazar Berman and Franco Scala at the "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Simone Pedroni won the Gold Medal at the prestigious Van Cliburn Competition in Texas in 1993. This significant recognition launched his solo career, and since then, he has been in high demand, performing worldwide in recitals and with some of the most acclaimed orchestras, collaborating with conductors such as Fir Yehudi Menuhin, Vladimir Spivakov, Zubin Mehta, Eliahu Inbal, Stanislav Skrowachevsky, Roberto Abbado, Antonello Manacorda, Leonard Slatkin, Ricardo Chailly, and Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Cécilia Tsan

Born in Versailles, France, to Chinese musician parents, Cécilia Tsan began playing the cello at the age of five with the same teacher as her childhood friend Yo-Yo Ma, who served as an inspiration for her. Cécilia is a soloist and chamber musician. In Paris, she has performed at the Palais des Congrès, Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, Théâtre National de l'Opéra, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and the Summer Festival. She has undertaken numerous tours in France and internationally, including Italy, Switzerland, England, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, Japan, and Taiwan.

Robert Townson

Robert Townson is the world's most prolific producer of film music. Over the last thirty years, he has released an average of one new album per week. Robert has been described as "the living embodiment of the history of film music." His lifelong passion for film and classical music has made him one of the world's leading scholars and educators on film music, inspiring others through his lectures, writings, concerts, and recordings. He collaborates with all the major film music festivals worldwide, including the Fimucité Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands; the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, Belgium; the Krakow Film Music Festival in Poland, and Hollywood in Vienna.

In August 2011, Townson produced the official concert for the 80th anniversary of Abbey Road Studios in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, while his sparkling 2012 program included the official concert for the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures.

Robert celebrated the 40th anniversary of Varèse Sarabande with two concerts featuring the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in November 2018 and continues his work producing film scores and music festivals. His recording, "Cinema Morricone," was recently released by Sony Classical and continues to bring great film music to audiences worldwide.
“Masterclass: l’attuale stato dell’arte della musica applicata alle immagini.
Tuesday, October 3rd
11.00 AM-1.00 PM and 2.30 PM-4.30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
During the two time slots, morning and afternoon, the members of the ACMF Executive Committee will take turns to discuss, through selected case studies, the current state of the art of music applied to visual media from both an artistic and technical-organizational perspective. A significant portion of the discussion will be devoted to the production mechanisms that have undergone radical changes since the pandemic.


Pasquale Catalano
Fabrizio Fornaci
Riccardo Giagni
Stefano Mainetti
Alessandro Molinari
Stefano Reali
Kristian Sensini
Giuliano Taviani

ACMF, founded in 2017 with the honorary presidency of Ennio Morricone, aims to defend the integrity and quality of the creative process and promote musical culture. Now a crucial reference point for composers of applied music in Italy and beyond, the association has among its honorary members, along with Pino Donaggio, Nicola Piovani, and Franco Piersanti, artists like Michael Nyman, Roger Waters, Hans Zimmer, and Charles Bernstein.
Concert for String Quartet and Piano
By ACMF (Associations of Film Music Composers)
Tuesday, October 3rd
8:30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
The Pessoa string quartet and Rossano Baldini on the piano will perform a concert featuring a selection of pieces from Italian film soundtracks, chosen from some of the most famous and award-winning compositions, as well as creations by new talents. The program includes a special tribute to Ryūichi Sakamoto.

Soundtrack and Virtual Instruments
By Stefano Maccarelli - zoom
Wednesday, October 4th
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
Welcome to "FilmScoreFX: Creating Cinematic Soundscapes with Sample Libraries!"

Enter the immersive world of sound design and musical composition for film in this masterclass. Explore the crucial role that sample libraries play in shaping evocative and distinctive sounds that enrich film and video game soundtracks.

Join us on this journey as we explore techniques for harnessing the potential of libraries and gain insights into creating your personal sound collections.

Stefano Maccarelli is a Sound Designer, Music Designer, and Sample Library Developer with over 23 years of experience. He has gained extensive experience in the field of audio post-production, music production, sound design, and sample library development. He has collaborated with FOX, DISNEY, A&E Network, MARVEL, SKY, RAI, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, MEDIASET, ZERO-G LTD, among others.
Recording the Soundtrack of Mission Impossible 7 in Rome
By Nicolò Braghiroli, Adam Price, ​​​​​​​Ashleigh Kelly, Ethan Gillespie - live + zoom
Wednesday, October 4th
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
A first-person account of a mission that was far from impossible but extremely complex: the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema and the sound engineers from Forum Studios working on the soundtrack of Lorne Balfe's "Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning Part 1."

Disney and Music: From Parks to Films
By Fabrizio Mancinelli - zoom
Wednesday, October 4th
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
An overview of the Disney Universe and Music with a particular focus on park attractions that inspired blockbuster films like "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Haunted Mansion," and "Jungle Cruise." Thematic/musical differences and mutual influences will be discussed.

Fabrizio Mancinelli is an Italian-American composer, singer-songwriter, and conductor whose passion for music and the fine arts was nurtured within the medieval walls of L'Aquila, a city of narrow streets surrounded by Baroque and Renaissance churches. His impressive list of clients and collaborators includes Walt Disney Studios, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and NBC. He composed the soundtrack for important titles such as Disney's "Growing Up with Nine Old Men," Universal's "The Snow Queen 4: Mirrorlands," and the thriller feature film "Coyote Lake." He conducted orchestral recordings for colleague Kris Bowers on projects such as Hulu's "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," Warner Bros.' "Space Jam 2," "King Richard," and the upcoming musicals "The Color Purple" and "Haunted Mansion" for Disney. To certify his incredible work, his original score for the musical "Beauty" received the award for Best Original Score at the Genova Film Festival 2018.

Recently, Fabrizio wrote the music and lyrics for the musical feature film "La terra dei sogni," featuring a broad orchestral score and ten original songs (for which he provided both the music and lyrics). Other recent credits include the scores for Rai Cinema's thriller "The Boat" and the indie comedy "Jailbird." Fabrizio also composed the music for "The Mouse Song," performed by Daveed Diggs and featured in Netflix's animated film "Green Eggs and Ham," collaborating with lyricist and screenwriter Mark Rizzo. Among other animation projects featuring Fabrizio's music are "Mushka" by Disney legend Andreas Deja and the upcoming (2023) "Out of the Nest." His music accompanies the Italian fantasy feature film "Il Viaggio Leggendario" and the documentary "Food 2050," created for the Rockefeller Foundation.

Fabrizio's successes trace back to the guidance of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, who encouraged him to enroll at the Alfredo Casella Conservatory, and his study experience under BAFTA and Oscar-winning composer Luis Bacalov. After studying composition and orchestral conducting at the Alfredo Casella Conservatory, Fabrizio graduated from the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program at the University of Southern California (benefitting from a Fulbright scholarship).

Fabrizio is a Sundance Film Music Fellow (2015) and BMI Conduction Fellow (2016) and is the founder of Fab Music, Inc., a sound production company based in Glendale, California. Additionally, Fabrizio is a voting member of the Academy of Television, Arts, and Sciences, the Recording Academy, and ASIFA. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.
What can ECSA - European Composer and Songwriter Alliance do for you?
Marc Du Moulin, Moderator Luis Ivars - live + zoom
Thursday, October 5th
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
The memorable strike of Hollywood film authors has just concluded, and its consequences will soon be visible. The topic is hot, indeed very hot: new technologies, artificial intelligence, the myriad channels for the consumption of intellectual works require crucial rethinking of copyright and its valuation. An international panel within the Festival is the best starting point for a discussion among industry professionals for the benefit of all parties involved.

ECSA is a European network whose primary goal is to defend and promote the rights of music authors at national, European, and international levels. The Alliance advocates for fair commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and seeks to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe. ECSA collaborates with its members spread across Europe and strives to enhance the social and economic development of music creation in Europe and beyond.
ECSA Roundtable - Obtaining Your "Rights" Without "Errors"
Luis Ivars, Marc du Moulin - live + zoom
Thursday, October 5th
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Free admission with mandatory reservation
ECSA is a European network whose main objective is to defend and promote the rights of music authors at the national, European, and international levels. The Alliance advocates for fair commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and seeks to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe. ECSA collaborates with its members distributed throughout Europe and strives to improve the social and economic development of music creation in Europe and beyond.

Luis Ivars, a fervent advocate of the social importance of creative associations, is the Honorary President of Musimagen - the Spanish Association of Audiovisual Composers. He is a board member of ECSA, where he has served as the President of FFACE, being one of its founders. He is also a board member of the Spanish Academy of Cinema and the president of the Audiovisual Alliance, the federation that brings together professionals and technicians in the Spanish audiovisual industry.