Music for Cinema

Monday, October 8, 2018





Disclaimer: translation of the original Spanish text published in the Spanish version of our site.


IFF Panama and Panama Jazz Festival join forces to launch the first joint educational program of Film Scoring that will be taught by acclaimed musician and film music expert Claudio Ragazzi, professor at the Film Scoring Department of Berklee College of Music, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world.

The alliance of both festivals has the objective of granting scholarships to five teams of musicians and filmmakers to attend the program that will be held in Panama City in two stages from January 14 to 19 at the 16th Panama Jazz Festival, and from the 4th to April 10, within the framework of the 8 edition of IFF Panama.

Call open to:

  • Professional musicians, film directors and students of the audiovisual industry.
  • The musicians must have an intermediate to advanced musical level: to have general knowledge of music and composition, to know how to use audio programs.
  • Filmmakers and film students must have at least one short film of 5 to 7 minutes completed or final production stage, to be used as work material.


  • The composer and filmmaker team must register as a single team.
  • The musician must attach 2 contrasting compositions.
  • The filmmaker must attach a previous work.
  • The filmmaker must have the short film in an advanced stage or almost finished that he will use in his collaboration with the musician in the first part of the program (January 2019).
  • The musician and the filmmaker must know how to use basic editing and music programs.


  • Work on the composition and recording of the soundtrack of a short film.


  • The call for entries has now closed.


The IFF Panama Foundation and the Danilo Pérez Foundation will offer 5 full scholarships for musicians and filmmakers.

Claudio Ragazzi

He is a composer and guitarist, has composed music for hundreds of projects, many of them awarded internationally in both film and television. In addition, he has played with the most respected musicians currently such as Danilo Pérez, Gary Burton, Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett and Paquito D'Rivera in concert halls around the world.

Claudio attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude, and has also won the prestigious Duke Ellington Master's Award and the Boston Music Awards.

In 1998, he wrote the music for Brad Anderson's hit movie Next Stop Wonderland produced by Miramax, with Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto. The CD reached the top 10 of Billboard for more than twelve consecutive weeks. Other production credits include the music of the award-winning film The Blue Diner. His work can also be heard in the films Something's Gotta Give, starring Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves. His recent collaborations include working with the also Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov in Tetro, by Francis Ford Coppola, and 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 and the Sesame Street, Arthur and Postcard Buster series.

Claudio has won numerous awards, 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.

Born in Argentina, Claudio grew up in Buenos Aires, where he started playing music at an early age with some of the most influential musicians in Argentina, including tango master Rodolfo Mederos, and sharing the stage with Luis Alberto Spinetta, Litto Nebbia and Antonio Agri .