Music Meets Film

With no parts of the music and film industry untouched by the pandemic, this years’ Music Meets Film (MMF) will be held entirely virtually. Viewers will hear through the prism of moderators Marko Ahtisaari, Helen Sildna and Michael Pärt an insight into the creative layers of composers, film directors and industry leaders. Special guests include composer Danny Elfman, director Andrey Tarkovsky and BBC 3 Controller Alan Davey. What makes a film composer tick? How does the production aspect of music and film affect creative decisions? Why does language play an important role in distribution and airplay agreements? – These are just some of the MMF topics touched this year!

2020 Programme

Wednesday, 25 November at 15:00 - 16:00 (EET)


Alan Davey, Controller, Radio 3, BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras and Choirs (UK)

Vaiko Eplik, Musician and Songwriter, Chairman of Board for Estonian Authors’ Union (EAÜ) (EE)

Valgeir Sigurðsson, Composer, Producer and Founder of Bedroom Community record label (ISL)

Kaisa Rönkkö, Executive Director of Music Finland (FI)

Moderator: Helen Sildna, Head of Tallinn Music Week, Board Member of Music Estonia (EE)

How music travels – the value of local in the context of global

The era of digital has given more opportunities for smaller markets to reach international audiences, yet competition is fierce and the quest for global reach through digital platforms somewhat overshadows the inherent connection between artists and their ties with their local communities and audiences. What qualities make music to overlap across disparate societies and succeed as cross-cultural global products? The panel discussion will kick off with a short interview with Alan Davey and will include a conversation with Kaisa Rönkkö, the Director of Music Finland, as well as Vaiko Eplik and Valgeir Sigurdsson who are both deeply involved in the process of music making and also the industry side of things.

Watch the discussion panel here

Wednesday, 25 November at 20:00 – 21:30 (EET)


Danny Elfman, Composer (US)

Moderator: Marko Ahtisaari, Artistic Director, Helsinki Festival (FI)

The conversation panel will discuss the paths Elfman has chosen in his creative life. After the initial conversation, participants will have the possibility to ask questions online from the composer directly.

Watch the conversation here

Thursday, 26 November at 14:00 – 14:45 (EET)


Andrey A. Tarkovsky, Director (RU/IT)

Gavin Greenaway, Composer, Conductor (UK)

Moderator: Michael Pärt, Music Producer (EE)

At what point does the production process in music and film start to dictate creative decisions to aid efficiency, workflow and formats? We will hear how composer and conductor Gavin Greenaway and film director Andrey Tarkovsky approach this challenge in their work.

Watch the event here

2020 Mentors

Danny Elfman, a four-time Oscar nominee, has established himself as one of the most versatile and accomplished film composers in the industry for over 30 years.He has collaborated with directors such as Tim Burton, Gus Van Sant, Sam Raimi, Peter Jackson, Ang Lee, Rob Minkoff, Guillermo del Toro, Brian De Palma, James Ponsoldt and David O´ Russell. Beginning with his first score on Tim Burton´s Pee-wee´s Big Adventure, Elfman has scored over 100 films, including: Milk (Oscar-nominated), Good Will Hunting (Oscar-nominated), Big Fish (Oscar-nominated), Men in Black (Oscar-nominated), Edward Scissorhands, Batman, To Die For, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Justice League, Spiderman, A Simple Plan, Midnight Run, Sommersby, Dolores Claiborne, and the Errol Morris documentaries The Unknown Known, and Standard Operating Procedure. Most recently he has provided music for, Tim Burton film Dumbo for Disney, and The Grinch for Universal, and is currently working on the upcoming film The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle (2020), starring Robert Downey, Jr.

A native of Los Angeles, Elfman grew up loving film music. He travelled the world as a young man, absorbing its musical diversity. He helped found the band Oingo Boingo, and came to the attention of a young Tim Burton, who asked him to write the score for Pee-wee´s Big Adventure. 34 years later, the two have forged one of the most fruitful composer-director collaborations in film history. In addition to his film work, Elfman wrote the iconic theme music for the television series The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives.


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Andrey A. Tarkovsky was born in Moscow on 8th of August 1970. The son of Andrey Tarkovsky, he has devoted his life and career to the preservation and promotion of his father’s work. He lives between Florence, Paris and Moscow. President of the Andrey Tarkovsky International Institute, he is a documentary filmmaker. He made his debut in 1996 with the TV documentary Andrey Tarkovsky. The reminiscence, on the life of his father; he has also made documentary portraits of artists and directed musical performances. He works with Russian and Italian television and with the German record label ECM. In 2006 he won the first prize at the festival of short films in Sabaudia with Bastignano. He organises photographic exhibitions, concerts, retrospectives and the publication of books all over the world.


Alan Davey is responsible for leadership of Classical music across the BBC, which includes the classical and speech output on BBC Radio 3, the BBC Proms and overall leadership of the BBC Orchestras and Choirs. He took up the post in January 2015.
He is also project sponsor for the Eastbank project, building new orchestral and music studios in the emerging cultural quarter of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Alan is Chair of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and presently sits on the Board of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and of the Hall for Cornwall.


Gavin Greenaway is an Emmy® award-winning composer, conductor, recording artist and pianist with an extensive catalogue of achievements: conducting over 100 feature film and television soundtracks, composing for major entertain-ment and cultural events, producing and songwriting with chart-topping artists and the release of 2 solo piano classical albums.

In 1999 he was commissioned to compose the score to accompany the nightly firework display at DisneyWorld’s EPCOT, Florida. His composition Reflections of Earth has played there every night for 20 years, and won an Emmy® Award as part of ABC network’s Millennium coverage. While living in Los Angeles, Gavin contributed music to numerous movies including Spy Kids, Face/Off and The Peacemaker, as well as writing and producing songs with Bryan Adams and Trevor Horn for DreamWorks’ Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Additional commissions followed for projects as diverse as the Lighting of the Olympic Cauldron for the Vancouver Winter Olympics, to music for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012.

Greenaway has fostered long-standing relationships with many of the world’s eminent music creators, conducting scores for the likes of Hans Zimmer, Gabriel Yared, James Newton Howard, John Powell, Marc Shaiman, Henry Jackman, Lorne Balfe, Tom Holkenborg and Daft Punk, and albums for artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Josh Groban, Diana Krall, George Michael and Andrea Bocelli. In 2006, he was engaged by Sir Paul McCartney to conduct the world premiere his oratorio Ecce Cor Meum at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2018, Gavin was appointed the Musical Director for The World of Hans Zimmer live concerts across Europe.

In recent years, he has been instrumental in bringing some of our best-loved soundtracks to the live stage, including world premiere performances of the live-to-picture productions of Interstellar, Independence Day and Casino Royale.


Kaisa Rönkkö has been Executive Director of Music Finland since June 2018. She has a passion to deliver the message of the power of music and develop the international dialogue and innovation between premium content and new technologies and digital services.

Prior to Music Finland Kaisa was employed as a head of orchestra department at the Finnish National Opera ballet. She was also the head of the music library and therefore responsible for copyright matters. Kaisa has been Finland’s project manager in large scale digital opera projects co-funded by Creative Europe Programme. Kaisa has also been employed as a senior intendant at the Public
Information Division of the Defence Command Finland, as artist manager and partner at Finland’s largest artist management agency, Fazer Artist Management Inc and as assistant at the Finnish Cultural Institute in Copenhagen.

Kaisa is a Master of Music and Master of Arts Management who has studied at the Sibelius Academy, at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, at the University of Turku and at the Helsinki University of applied Sciences. She also holds a piano diploma and is a qualified piano teacher.

Kaisa is also a board member of NOMEX (Nordic Music Export), Boardman Management Study Group and Finland Promotion Board, coordinated by the Foreign Ministry of Finland.

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Vaiko Eplik is an independent Estonian pop-composer, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. He has been part of several collectives: Claire’s Birthday, Ruffus and Koer. In 2006, Eplik started his solo project under the name Eliit. He has released twenty three albums, regularly reaching the top of Estonian album charts. Vaiko Eplik is the Chairman of the Board for the Estonian Authors´ Society since July 2020.


Valgeir Sigurðsson is an Icelandic composer and producer. His music blends contemporary classical writing and esoteric electronic production, sometimes to a point where one is indistinguishable from the other.

Valgeir worked closely with fellow Icelander Björk, a collaboration which began with her Oscar-nominated score for Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark. He founded the Bedroom Community label in 2006 with Nico Muhly and Ben Frost, where he cemented his sonic signature with his own solo work on the label, in addition to albums with Muhly, Frost, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason, and extensive collaboration with viola da gamba player, Liam Byrne.

Valgeir has composed orchestral and chamber music for the likes of the City of London Sinfonia, Winnipeg Symphony, Crash Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, Nordic Affect and the British violinist, Daniel Pioro. His scores frequently incorporate the use of electronics and have also been performed by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and many others. He has written music for stage, dance and screen. His film scores include An Acceptable Loss and the Icelandic feature The County, and his score for the environmental documentary Dreamland (Draumalandið) was nominated for best score at EDDA, the Icelandic Film Academy Awards.

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Marko Ahtisaari is an entrepreneur, designer and musician. He is the member of the band Construction, which you should definitely listen to. Ahtisaari is currently Artistic Director of the Helsinki Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in the Nordics held annually from late August into September.

Previously Ahtisaari was CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project (acquired by Bose) and a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. From 2009 to 2013 Ahtisaari was the head of product design at Nokia, responsible for hardware, user experience and packaging design. The work of the Nokia design team included the award-winning N9. He left Nokia to be an entrepreneur again.

Both directly and through early stage funds he has invested in Ōura, Formlabs, and Pelago among others. He is also an advisor to Kano and on the Advisory Committee of WITNESS.

Previously, Ahtisaari was also CEO and Co-founder of Dopplr (acquired by Nokia) and part of the team at Blyk, the free ad-funded mobile network. He has held board positions in Artek and F-Secure and has served on the jury of the Prix Ars Electronica and the DA&D Awards.

Born in Finland, Ahtisaari has lived on three continents, in Helsinki, Dar es Salaam and New York. He studied philosophy, economics and music at Columbia University, where he became a lecturer and Fellow of the Faculty in the Department of Philosophy.


Helen Sildna based in Estonia, has been a music promoter and events producer for 20 years. Having worked at Baltics’ biggest concert agency BDG (currently LiveNation) as an international talent booker, she established her own music promotion company Shiftworks in 2008, which has promoted Morrissey, Sigur Ros, Patti Smith, Feist and Regina Spektor to mention a few. Helen is the founder and owner of Tallinn Music Week. Having started out as a music industry conference and showcase festival in 2009, TMW has broadened its concept further into an all-encompassing city festival, covering arts, design, technology, city space and food culture, and discussing various societal issues within its talks sessions, presentations and conference panels. Helen is a board member of Music Estonia, previously also a member of former President Toomas Hendrik Ilves’ Think Tank. In 2014 Helen was awarded with the Tampere Music Award at Music & Media Finland’s industry gala for Exceptional Achievements in Music Business, in 2015 she was nominated the Citizen of the Year by Estonian Ministry of Culture and in 2016 Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves awarded her the Order of White Star of IV Class for her contribution to Estonian music life and civil society. Helen is an outspoken member of the creative community, vocal on equal rights, diversity and internationalization.

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Michael Pärt (1977) is a Music Producer and Music Editor working on film scores since 2000. His most recent film projects were Margus Paju’s O2 (2020), Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever (2017) and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl (2015). Additionally, he contributed to award-winning projects such as the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, BAFTA-winning LazyTown and the Grammy-nominated albums Volta and Vulnicur by Björk and Neon Bible by Arcade Fire. His experience spans from music conception, spotting and production through to dubbing as well as soundtracks and temp scoring.

Away from production, he co-founded the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa, Estonia. He chairs the foundation which aim is to preserve and research the creative heritage of his father’s legacy. The new building of the Arvo Pärt Centre was completed in 2018 and is open to the public since then. It is home to a chamber concert hall, a library, an archive, classrooms and exhibition space.

Michael holds a master’s degree with distinction in “Composing for Film and TV” from Kingston University in London.

He is the curator for the Music Meets Film programme, a part of Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event and PÖFF, since 2017.


2019 Mentors

Richard Harvey, having come through the ranks of a quintessentially British musical upbringing via Tiffin School, The Royal College of Music, and as a member of the British Youth Symphony Orchestra, Richard started composing in his early teens. He has subsequently become a well known name in the UK, Europe, Hollywood and Asian music scenes for his very broad output of TV, film and classical music since the 70s. He learnt his trade as musical assistant to the great French film composer Maurice Jarre. His first major movie was David Drury’s Defence of the Realm and soon after he won a British Academy Award for his score for Alan Bleasdale’s cult epic political TV drama series GBH. Since then he has scored and contributed to innumerable films including Eichmann, Luther, Les Deux Mondes, Death Of A President, King Naresuan (Thailand) and The Da Vinci Code. Most recently he was honoured with winning the Annie Award for his score for the animated picture The Little Prince, which he co-wrote with his long standing friend and collaborator, Hans Zimmer. Currently Richard is working on a number of projects, notably, Mulan for Disney, alongside his esteemed friend and colleague, Harry Gregson Williams.
Read more about Richard Harvey´s work.


Musicologist and copyright infringement specialist Peter Oxendale has lectured and given seminars on music copyright and related matters to a number oflibrary music and production houses as well as Academic Institutions such as The RoyalCollege of Music in London.He is trained in the responsibilities of being a Single Joint Expert and his list of clients extends to the UK, Europe, South Africa, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.In addition to his classical musical training and activities as a consultant musicologist and expert witness in all fields of music, he is a writer of songs, advertising jingles and library music. He is also active as a producer, a musical director, an arranger, a session musician, a conductor and a programmer. Peter Oxendale is a member of PAMRA (The Performing Artists’ Media Rights Association), PRS (The Performing Rights Society), MCPS (The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society) and he is an approved MU (Musicians Union) Contractor.
Read more about Peter Oxendale´s work.


Award-winning producer, composer and musician Jussi Jaakonaho is just such a musical character actor and his scope is considerable, running from classic Finnish artists to today’s top pop stars, as well as more marginal styles like progressive rock or East African folk pop. Character actors often make for good directors. Jaakonaho’s solo debut Ghost Riot is like the first movie by a respected character actor – a distillation of all the experience from a long career, married to a strong and unique vision. A profound understanding of music and different styles is evident on the record, as well as a strong orientation towards sounds, which has made him such an in-demand producer. Vision and experience mean that Jaakonaho makes courageous choices and creates strong atmospheres, sometimes by using contradictory elements. Jussi Jaakonaho is the Stanley Tucci of Finnish music.
Read more about Jussi Jaakonaho´s work.


Mihkel Zilmer is a versatile composer and music producer for Film, TV, Interactive Media and Advertising. He has scored more than 70 projects, including the all-time highest viewer count and box-office hit in Estonia, Tõde ja õigus (Truth and Justice, 2019), as well as multiple award-winning and award-nominated films, notably: Burden of Peace (NL), Alles Is Gezegd (NL), Volgens Protocol (NL). With a predominantly classical training background (University of Glasgow, Conservatory of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Film Academy), the foundation of his musical output is orchestral music, often blended with ethnic, electronic and experimental elements.
Read mode about Mihkel Zilmer´s work.


Michael J McEvoy is an eclectic film and television composer following a successful career in jazz and as a pop songwriter/producer. He studied with composer, Joseph Horovitz at the Royal College of Music, London where he was the PRS Sir Arthur Bliss Scholar. His feature film scores include Finding Your Feet, Me and Orson Welles and new release The Drifters. Recent documentaries include the award-winning score for BBC/PBS’s Jazz Ambassadors and BBC’s Churchill & the Movie Mogul.
Read more about Michael McEvoy´s work.

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Tom Player, is a British composer working primarily in film trailers and advertising. Having a background in film, Tom previously assisted Hans Zimmer, Ramin Djawadi & Lorne Balfe on major films, going on to set up Lost Track Productions in 2013. Tom has received multiple industry awards for his work on advertising campaigns and is currently working on a crossover classical concert with Ministry of Sound, for a 2019 tour.
Read more about Tom Player´s projects.


Prof. Dr. Christian Baierle is the CEO of ROBA Music Publishing, one of the leading independent music publishers in the world with a concentration on film and synch.
He studied media law in Hamburg and Oxford and was a fellow at Harvard University. His book about music publishing has become the standard book on this topic. Prof. Dr. Baierle is a member of the committee for popular music within the German music publisher’s association. He is the author of numerous publications and regularly teaches courses in this field.


Michael Pärt (1977) is a Music Editor who has worked on film scores since 2000. Prior to his recent project The Danish Girl, he collaborated with film directors Peter Jackson and Francis Ford Coppola as well as composers Danny Elfman, Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore amongst others. His experience spans from music conception, spotting and production through to dubbing as well as soundtracks and temp scores. His tool is ProTools. He is also a music producer, and has collaborated with Icelandic singer and artist Björk during the recording phases of her Volta and Vulnicura albums.
Read more about Michael Pärt´s work..


2019 Programme

November 25, Monday
Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)

9:00 Registration & coffee

9:30-9:45 Opening of Music Meets Film 2019
Opening words by Michael Pärt, Music Producer and Music Editor

9:45-11:15 Open panel “Current Scoring Trends & Future Directions”
Composers Richard Harvey, Mihkel Zilmer and Jussi Jaakonaho will share their experiences from their extensive Film– and TV scoring careers and delve into a broader discussion on current scoring trends and the future direction of the industry. Panel moderated by Music Producer Michael Pärt.

11:15–11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:15 “Production Music Options for Composers”
Composer and production company West One Music founder Richard Harvey lays out a composer’s playing field options. Making original music and production music co-exist.

14:00-14:45 “Smart Music licensing”
Music publishing and synch licensing expert Prof. Dr. Christian Baierle lays out the world of licensing, agreements and contractual contexts that are relevant for film and TV composers and film production music departments alike.
This session will explain the various licensing concepts for music in film and TV and will tell the audience what works, how to license smart and how to avoid risks and how to even gain back from licensing costs. There will be a strong emphasis on production music and its value for both composers and film production companies.

14:45-15:30 Case Study: Jussi Jaakonaho – Tolerance of “music nationality” within Film and TV scoring*
With a vast range of visual styles and cultures within the film industry, the understanding of “nationality” within a film score often results in a generic approach. Finish composer Jussi Jaakonaho explores this nuanced thought process – often overlooked, and discusses how much local flavour a film score can tolerate. Moderator Michael Pärt.

*In collaboration with TV Beats programme

November 26, Tuesday

**NB! On Tuesday 26. November at Arvo Pärt Centre, pre-registration through tickets purchase required. Deadline Friday, 22 November.

Industry and Industry + Festival Badge holder´s FREE registration ticket can be puchased HERE..**

Arvo Pärt Centre, Laulasmaa

9:45 Gathering in Nordic Hotel Forum lobby (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)

10:00 Buses to the Arvo Pärt Centre in Laulasmaa

11:00-11:30 Introduction to the Arvo Pärt Centre

11:30-13:00 Forensic Musicologist Peter Oxendale on Copyright and Temp Score Love

Internationally-renowned British forensic musicologist and copyright infringement specialist Peter Oxendale sets the record straight on why the music industry and the law are out of sync with each other. We will hear about common copyright misconceptions, the myth of the so-called 3 – or 8 – note rule, and about style-alikes – soundalikes and passing off. Oxendale will also look into the director’s dilemma of “Temp Love” and the plagiarism that often follows. Discussion moderated by British Film Composer Tom Player.

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:45 Case Study: Richard Harvey – Historic and Ethnic Instruments in Film Music
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Richard Harvey will introduce the emotional narrative and practical context of historic and ethnic instruments in film music – and how these connect to his career – starting off as an instrumentalist and becoming a film composer.

15:00–16:00 Truth and Justice (“Tõde ja õigus”) composition workflow with Mihkel Zilmer
Film and interactive media composer Mihkel Zilmer shares insight into his creative process from conception to final product – from creating a palette, to script-inspired conceptual composition, the dialogue between composer and editor, and the cooperation between music and sound departments.

16:15-17:15 Case Study: Michael J McEvoy – Themes and developing one’s own compositional voice
American Multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael McEvoy shares his creative world, spanning Classical film and TV scoring through to Jazz. Through material from his recent projects, feature film “Finding your feet” (2018) as well as feature-length documentary “The Jazz Ambassadors” (2018), McEvoy will give us an insight into his workflow, his writing technique and developing a compositional voice – across multiple projects and collaborators.

17:15-18:00 Dinner

18:00 – 19:30 Film screening “Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound” (2019), Director Midge Costin
A feature-length documentary exploring the art, history, and aesthetics of sound in film, and by extension, sound on Earth. Examining how visionary directors work with sound designers to create the most exciting cinematic experiences. Also, featuring the latest discoveries and advances in sound technology to learn how sounds transform the cinematic experience.

Duration: 1h 34 min

Ca 19:45 Buses back to Tallinn, Nordic Hotel Forum

November 27, Wednesday
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Tatari 13, Tallinn), room A404

9:45 Registration & coffee

10:00 – 11:00 Masterclass: Dramaturgy in scoring by means of themes and Leitmotifs
American Multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael McEvoy takes an in-depth look at a thematic approach in film scoring and explores the world of “leitmotifs” – how directors and composers can use this as a tool to steer dramaturgy in film and music.

11:00 – 12:00 Masterclass “Composing in the physical and virtual world”
Tom Player (Lost Track Production) leads a talk focusing on Physical vs. Virtual instruments, live
performance vs. programmed music and composing in a traditional sense vs. “composing for film and TV”.

12:00 – 12:15 Coffee break

12:15 – 13:15 Composing mentorship „Music spotting for film“
Composer Mihkel Zilmer will share his experience from score spotting sessions with directors – be it stories of success or failure. How to read a director? How to find the correct stylistic angle?

2019 Photos

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2018 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.

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 is co-founder and composer at 2WEI, which he co-founded in early 2016 together with his partner Christian Vorländer.
Within a very short amount of time, 2WEI managed to become Germany’s most successful music production company, creating music for over 150 commercials (Porsche, Facebook, Mercedes, Audi, and many more), Hollywood trailers (Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider, Mortal Engines), Games such as FIFA18 (together with Junkie XL), and movies (Fack Ju Goehte 3, Germany’s most successful movie of 2017). Simon & Christian were recently awarded the Golden Lion in Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the music they composed for German supermarket brand EDEKA.
Read more about Simon Heeger’s work.

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.

2018 Programme

November 23, Friday
At the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre (Rävala puiestee 16, Tallinn), room A202
Pre-registration required (

How does a composer take their first steps into becoming a film composer? What can they expect? What challenges do they face? How can they best prepare?
In this talk Alexandra Harwood will address these questions and will explain her own personal journey from being a classically trained concert and theatre composer, to becoming a film composer.

Looking at examples of other film composers and her own work, Alexandra Harwood will ask the questions, what does having your own voice really mean? How does a composer keep their own voice when faced with having to replace temp music by other composers, that the directors and producers might be attached to.

At Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn), room Arcturus or Capella

In this open panel, Michael Pärt moderates Alexandra Harwood, Paul Tothill and Mike Newell will talk about how they worked together on the film ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, and about how they each approach music and film. How different are their considerations when starting on a film? How does the director communicate his thoughts to the editor and composer? And how does the communication between the three of them continue throughout the process from start to finish of scoring the film?

November 24, Saturday
At Nordic Hotel Forum (Viru väljak 3, Tallinn)

A talk focusing on Mike Newell’s works, describing the decision-making process, how he chose composers, analytical and creative approach to the score and covering ideas that didn’t work. We will look behind the scenes of films like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Donnie Brasco, Dance With a Stranger and Into the West. He will also look into soundtrack elements of John Schlesinger’s” as well as Far from the Madding Crowd composed by Richard Rodney Bennet. For Mike Newell, each of these films have a particular tone and atmosphere that the score exemplifies.

Alexandra Harwood moderates Michael Pärt, a Music Editor and Producer on the his work processes, which often remain invisible. This talk is aimed for both composers, as well as for production – from producers, editors to directors.

Within a very short amount of time, 2WEI managed to become Germany’s most successful music production company, creating music for over 150 commercials (Porsche, Facebook, Mercedes, Audi, and many more), Hollywood trailers (Wonder Woman, Tomb Raider, Mortal Engines), Games such as FIFA18 (together with Junkie XL), and movies (Fack Ju Goehte 3, Germany’s most successful movie of 2017).

Scoring music to picture is always a challenge. And every media is different. Simon Heeger & Christian Vorländer from 2WEI – who have scored music for blockbusters, Hollywood trailers and hundreds of commercials – will take you through the process of composing to picture and explain how every media has a different set of rules and needs a different approach.

November 25, Sunday

Making music out of their one-bedroom-apartment, Simon Heeger & Christian Vorländer started as a two-man-show. Almost three years later, they’re the heads of 2WEI, a dynamic composing collective, who work with composers and musicians across the globe. Learn about the challenges and chances of collaborating with other artists and how you can focus on your strengths, while outsourcing tasks to others.

A talk focusing on several scenes from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, describing the decision-making process, analytical and creative approach and demonstrating with film clips, how cues were developed and ideas that didn’t work.

Dorian Supin’s third documentary film of Arvo Pärt steps closer to the composer, showing him in a domestic setting as a composer, husband, father and grandfather. The title Even if I lose everything refers to an entry in Arvo Pärt’s musical notebooks, which the composer pages through in the film. The musings and recollections inspired by the notes in these journals, in parallel with domestic scenes, shed light on the composer’s life and creative philosophy, painting a personal, in-depth picture of Arvo Pärt. The film was produced by the Minor Film studio in collaboration with the Arvo Pärt Centre, UE and ECM Records and its soundtrack includes excerpts from Pärt’s works.

2018 Photos

23.11.2018 Industry@Tallinn: Music Meets Films Masterclasses @EMTA

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24.11.18 Industry@Tallinn: Music Meets Film

24.11.2018 Industry@Tallinn “Music Meets Film"

25.11.18 Industry@Tallinn Music Meets Film, Arvo Pärt Centre