SoundTrack_Cologne's second Female Film Composer Class

"The focus on women film composers is very welcome and appreciated. It's a great thing." Oscar winner Rachel Portman praised SoundTrack_Cologne in her acceptance speech for the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. The second edition of the Female Film Composer Class (FFCC) also took place as part of the congress from Wednesday, 17 November to Tuesday, 23 November 2021. The programme complemented the participation in SoundTrack_Cologne 18 with a three-day block of teachings.

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The winners of SoundTrack_Cologne 18

Academy Award winner Rachel Portman received the Lifetime Achievement Award Award. In the EUROPEAN TALENT COMPETITION Ludwig Peter Müller wins the WDR Filmscore Award, the prize for Best Sound Design goes to Maximilian Sattler. The Peer Raben Music Award 2021 went to Paulo Gallo for his music to "Toke" (director: Nono Ayuso). The SEE THE SOUND Award for Best Music Documentary went to "Shut up Sona" by Deepti Gupta.

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Laurent Garnier & Co

SEE THE SOUND bringt Elektro-Sounds aus Frankreich auf die Kinoleinwand! Das Filmfestival SEE THE SOUND bringt außergewöhnliche Musikfilme, die sonst kaum im normalen Kinoprogramm zu finden sind, auf die große Leinwand!

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SoundCloud / Rap bei SEE THE SOUND

Das Filmfestival SEE THE SOUND bringt außergewöhnliche Musikfilme, die sonst kaum im normalen Kinoprogramm zu finden sind, auf die große Leinwand!

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Award-winning Composers at SoundTrack_Cologne 18

This year's Academy Award winner Nicolas Becker ("Sound of Metal" – Best Sound), composers Antonio Gambale ("Unorthodox"), Nathaniel Méchaly ("Taken"), Flemming Nordkrog (HARPA Award for "Shine Your Eyes"), Ali N. Askin ("Barbarians") and Susanne Hardt ("Ethno") will talk about their film and television projects at SoundTrack_Cologne 18 (November 17 – 20, 2021). In addition, the film festival SEE THE SOUND will bring "Shine Your Eyes" on Fri., 19.11. and CinePop will bring "Sound of Metal" on Sat., 20.11. to the movie screen.

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Documentary and live concert with Jean-Michel Bernard

“I cannot find words to reflect my admiration for his genius”, Lalo Schifrin praised the French composer Jean-Michel Bernard. The film music legend is only one of many great names with whom Bernard has collaborated in the course of his career. In honor of Bernard, SoundTrack_Cologne will be showing the documentary ‘In the Tracks of Jean-Michel Bernard’ on Thursday, November 18. The film portrays the life of the extraordinary composer. Bernard will be present at the screening and will give a 45-minute piano concert afterwards.

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Rachel Portman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

‘She is a true heroine of her profession’ is how Bayerischer Rundfunk describes the successful British composer who was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Film Score. Now Rachel Portman will also be honoured as the first female composer with the Lifetime Achievement Award at SoundTrack_Cologne 18. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov 20, 2021 at the IHK Köln. Portman will also speak about her body of work on a panel on Saturday afternoon.

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Music for Sci-Fi Films and Series

Science fiction in film has always provided great innovations in film music - and audiences are therefore expecting innovation and quality when it comes to music. In three case studies, SoundTrack_Cologne 18 (Nov 17 – 20, 2021) will shed light on how film composers are currently successful in this genre: Mario Grigorov ("Spides"), Lorenz Dangel and Jonathan Feurich ("Tides") as well as Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka ("Stowaway") are the guest speakers at STC for this genre day (Thursday, Nov 18, 2021).

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Video Games Composers

Joe Henson und Alexis Smith aka. The Flight („Assassin's Creed Odyssey”), Mathieu Lavoie („Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance“), as well as SØS Gunver Ryberg („Inside”) speak at the thematic block “Composing for Games“ (Thu, 18.11.2021) at SoundTrack_Cologne 18.

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Eight films nominated for the SEE THE SOUND Competition

SEE THE SOUND (November 17 – November 21, 2021), the film festival of SoundTrack_Cologne, will once again award the prize for the best music documentary. Eight films have been nominated for the competition, four of which are celebrating their German premieres and four their NRW premieres. The nominees are Shut up Sona von Deepti Gupta, Poly Styrene: I am a cliché by Celeste Bell and Paul Sng, Lisbon Beat by Rita Maia and Vasco Viana, Faith & Branko by Catherine Harte, All I Can Say by Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy and Shannon Hoon, No Ordinary Man by Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt, A Song Called Hate by Anna Hildur, The Forbidden Strings by Hasan Noori. All films will be shown at Turistarama. Tickets for 7,50€ on

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