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Music Meets Film Announces 2018 Mentors and Programme





For the seventh time, Music Meets Film returns alongside Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event at Tallinn Black Night Film Festival. A programme of talks, masterclasses, tours and screenings dedicated to film scoring will run from November 23–25. 

Featuring the acclaimed director Mike Newell, award-winning composer Alexandra Harwood, editor Paul Tothill, and composers Christian Vorländer and Simon Heeger in talks and masterclass sessions dedicated to film scoring, Music Meets Film will tackle creative collaboration between directors, composers and editors, and the fine art of scoring for films and trailers. 

The programme is curated and moderated by Michael Pärt, a music editor who has worked on film scores for over 15 years, among them the Oscar-winning The Danish Girl (2015). 

The Music Meets Film programme is presented by Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event during the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and supported by the European Regional Development Fund via Enterprise Estonia and the Creative Industries’ Development Centre Creative Gate and Music Estonia.




Music Meets Film Mentors 



Mike Newell won the 1994 BAFTA Award for Best Direction for Four Weddings and a Funeral. After the release of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005, Newell became the third most commercially successful British director in recent years, behind Christopher Nolan and David Yates.

Read more about Mike Newell's work.



Alexandra Harwood is a BAFTA Cymru Award-winning composer, whose films have screened worldwide. Most recently, Alexandra completed scoring Mike Newell’s feature The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018) starring Lily James. Prior to this she composed the scores for the feature films The Escape (2018) by Dominic Savage and Growing Up Wild (2016), a feature documentary for Disney/Netflix USA. 

Read more about Alexandra's work.



Paul Tothill won the 2007 San Diego Film Critics Society Best Editing Award for Atonement, directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley. A 6-time BAFTA nominee, he is known for Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Hanna (2011).

Read more about Paul Tothill's projects.



Michael Pärt is a music editor and producer who has worked on film scores for over 15 years. Prior to his recent project, the Oscar-winning The Danish Girl (2015) by Tom Hooper, he collaborated with film directors Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola as well as composers Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore among others.

Read more about Michael Pärt's work.



Christian Vorländer is an German music composer and programmer who began working for Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL in Los Angeles. He is known for work on the films 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) directed by Noam Murro and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) by George Miller. 

Read more about Christian's work



Simon Heeger has scored for TV Movie Sky Christmas-jingle (2016) and a feature Airplane Mode (2018) co-directed by David Dinetz and Dylan Trussellis, as well as composing the soundtrack for Step Sisters (2018) by Charles Stone III. 

Read more about Simon Heeger's work.


In 2016 Simon and Christian co-funded a composer team 2WEI Music, Germany’s most successful music production company, creating music for over 150 commercials, Hollywood trailers, movies and games such as FIFA18.






Music Meets Film Programme


November 23, Friday 

13.00-14.00 Mentorship. "Breaking out into the world of film” by Composer Alexandra Harwood

15:00-16.00 Mentorship "Being heard above the competition: crafting your compositional voice" by Alexandra Harwood

16:30-17.00 Opening of Music Meets Film. Opening words by Michael Pärt, Music Producer and Editor. Speakers: Alexandra Harwood, Paul Tothill and Mike Newell

17.00-18.30 Open panel "How composers think" / "How editors think" /"How directors think" by Mike Newell, Alexandra Harwood, Paul Tothill, moderated by Michael Pärt


November 24, Saturday

10.00-11.30 "Breaking Apart the Scene" with Director Mike Newell

11.45-13.15 "Breaking Apart the Scene”, discussion between Music Editor Michael Pärt and Composer Alexandra Harwood 

14.30-16.00 Panel: “Scoring to picture: The differences between composing for films, trailers & commercials” by Christian Vorländer, Simon Heeger (2WEI) 

16.15-17.15 "Finding the Right Piece of Music for picture" with Alexandra Harwood, Mike Newell, Paul Tothill, Christian Vorländer and Simon Heeger. 


November 25, Sunday

11.00-12.00 Tour at the recently opened Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa

12.00-13.30 Masterclass "Co-Composing: Creating music in a team“ by Christian Vorländer, Simon Heeger (2WEI) 

14.00-15.30 Masterclass "Breaking Apart the Scene" with Mike Newell, Alexandra Harwood and Paul Tothill”

17.30-19.00  Film screening: Arvo Pärt – Even if I lose everything





More information about Music Meets Film and a detailed programme on Industry@Tallinn webpage





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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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