“Film Score” Program

Friday, March 22, 2019

IFF Panama and the Panama Jazz Festival come together to launch the first educational film and music program (Film Scoring). This year, the alliance of both festivals awarded five teams of musicians and filmmakers with the opportunity to participate in the two-stage program, dictated by Claudio Ragazzi, a professor in the Film Scoring Department of Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world.

Stage 1
From January 14 to 19, during and as a part of the 16th Panama Jazz Festival.

  • Stage 1 consisted of a workshop, dictated by Ragazzi, in which the 5 teams learned about the process of creating film music at the same time and rhythm as the scenic development. Each team began the scoring of the short film with which they applied, and have the aim of premiering them during the Stage 2 of the program. 

Stage 2
From April 4 to 10, within IFF Panama’s 8th edition’s framework.

  • Screening of the short Mela with live music at “IFF Panama en el Barrio” (See details)
  • Screening of the 5 participating short films in the Festival's Film Score Program (See details)
  • Master Class by Claudio Ragazzi: Film music, collaborative art, business and vocation. (See details)

Participating teams

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Claudio Ragazzi: Biography

Claudio Ragazzi is a composer and guitarist. He has composed music for hundreds of projects, many of which have been awarded internationally in both film and television. In addition, he has played alongside many of the most respected current musicians around concert halls all around the world: Danilo Perez, Gary Burton, Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Brandford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett and Paquito D’Rivera.

Claudio attended and graduated from Berklee College of Music, where he obtained Magna Cum Laude. In addition, he has also won the prestigious Duke Ellington Master’s Award and the Boston Music Award.

In 1998, Ragazzi wrote the music for Brad Anderson's hit movie Next Stop Wonderland, produced by Miramax, and with Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto. The CD stayed in the Billboard top 10 for more than twelve consecutive weeks. Other production credits include the music from the award-winning film The Blue Diner. His work can also be heard in the film Something's Gotta Give, starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. His recent collaborations include works with the Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov in Tetro, by Francis Ford Coppola, and the films The Last Mountain and To Catch a Dollar.

Claudio has made music for hundreds of television productions on Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Telemundo, Univision and PBS, including American Experience, NOVA, Sesame Street, Arthur and Buster Postcards.

Claudio has been awarded numerous prizes, including an Emmy. In addition to grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New England Arts Foundation and the Massachusetts Arts Council. Special commissions include those with the Boston Ballet, the New England Conservatory and the Meet the Composer Scholarship Program.

Claudio was born in Argentina and raised in Buenos Aires, where he started playing music at a very early age with some of the most influential musicians in Argentina, including tango maestro Rodolfo Mederos, and even getting to share the stage with Luis Alberto Spinetta, Litto Nebbia and Antonio Agri.