music in the film industry

The Panama Jazz Festival and the International Film Festival in Panama together organize a training event.

Two of the largest cultural events in the country, the Panama Jazz Festival and the International Film Festival in Panama (IFF Panama) , join forces to launch the first educational program on film scoring (music for films).

This training will be taught by musician and production music expert Claudio Ragazzi , professor at the Film Scoring Department of the renowned Berklee College of Music.

"The alliance of both festivals has as objective, scholarship to five teams of musicians and filmmakers to attend the program that will be held in the city of Panama in two stages, from January 14 to 19, within the framework of version 16 of Panama Jazz Festival, and from April 4 to 10, within the framework of the 8 edition of the IFF Panama ", reports a press release.

During this educational program, "the participants will learn the process of the creation of cinematographic music in parallel to the experimental film development, as well as the different processes of production and creation necessary to compose a score for cinema; As well as understanding the importance of music with respect to the film and at the end of the program, the team will be able to musicalise a short film ".


"The Film Scoring program is designed as a space for creation and dialogue between filmmakers and composers during the process of musical composition for films. Involving both parties is essential to promote the formation of our film industry in the country. IFF Panama has a total commitment to strengthening our cinema, which is why we are committed to our partnership with the Panama Jazz Festival, "said Pituka Ortega , director of IFF Panama.

The registration notice will be open until December 9 and to register you must complete a form that can be found at .

The winners of the scholarships must be the same registered in the form and must attend every workshop dayly. Substitutes are not allowed for classes during the program nor can they be absent from any class.