During the annual WSA Industry Days at Film Fest Ghent, from 20 to 23 October 2021, Film Fest Ghent will collaborate with MCFIFA (MUSIC & CINEMA International Film Festival of Aubagne) and FIFF Namur (Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur) to organise a Belgian version of the Third Character initiative. Directors and producers who are looking for a composer for their film project can rely on FFG, MCFIFA and FIFF Namur to find a match with a suitable film music composer.
About Third Character
Third Character is an initiative developed by MCFIFA and Sacem. The project aims to facilitate meetings between composers of film music and duos of directors and producers who are working on a film project for which a composer has yet to be selected. FFG and FIFF Namur alternately organise a Belgian variant of the project each year. This way, the film festivals want to establish a collaboration between directors, producers and composers. The collaborations born out of these meetings will have the opportunity to apply for financial support for the score through authors’ rights organisations Sabam or Sacem (only for members).
How exactly does the matchmaking process work? Directors and producers, whose film project must have received financial support and can therefore start production, can submit the scenario or a specific scene of a film project that has yet to begin filming and for which a composer has not yet been chosen. This scenario may be for a short or feature film, for fiction or documentary. The material will be sent to the candidate composers, who will make a few demos based on the vision and expectations of the director and producer.
Directors and producers with an eligible film project can send their material to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1 August 2021. The scenario (or specific scene) should preferably be written in English, with marked passages for which a demo can be made. In addition, guidelines about the intentions and musical expectations for the film project can be submitted as well. Finally, the technical sheet of the film, the CV (bio + photo) and the contact details of the director and production company should be included.
The meetings between the directors, producers and the composers will take place on Friday 22 October 2021. During these meetings, the composers will pitch their demos and approach. After the discussion, the director-producer duo will decide whether or not they want to start a collaboration with one of the composers.