Roma FMF 2022 – Masterclasses and workshops

Roma Film Music Festival, which will celebrate its 1st edition from 26.09 to 02.10.2022 in Rome, announced a few weeks ago its concert program (read more), and now has unveiled its masterclass & workshop program, which will be free and open to all audiences.


These master classes will offer the secrets of the complex and fascinating art of mixing sound and images, from the hand of some of its main protagonists. Exclusive meetings open to the general public, on new entertainment scenarios and new musical avenues for the audiovisual genre, organized in collaboration with the ACMF – Associazione Compositori Musica da Film / Association of Film Music Composers.

Rome FMF 2022 - Masterclasses and workshops


SoundTrackFest, partner of Roma FMF from this first edition (read more), will moderate a panel discussion on Thursday 29/9 entitled “Rome, Krakow & Tenerife Film Music Together”, with Robert Piaskowski (Festiwal Muzyki Filmowej w Krakowie), Diego Navarro (Fimucité), and Marco Patrignani (Roma FMF).


Here is the list of events announced so far, to be held at the Forum Studios facilities:

Monday – 26/9/2022 – 12:00h – Press conference

Press conference to present the festival with its director, Marco Patrignani.


Monday – 26/9/2022 – 16:00h – 17:30h – Masterclass – Director’s notes

Communication between composer and director, in film and television: joys and sorrows. How can a music composer talk technically, as well as aesthetically, with the director, and make sure he is understood, without misunderstandings? 10 practical tips, from someone who has been on both sides of the fence: Stefano Reali.


Monday – 26/9/2022 – 17:45h -19:00 h – Masterclass – Dante & Descartes

Dante and Descartes. Additions and variations in the popular imaginary with the composer Pasquale Catalano.


Does the ideal music for a film exist? At what point should the musician intervene as a composer? How has the way of composing changed with respect to the director in the almost one hundred years since the first sound films: stories and personal experiences, for a reflection on the evolution of language. Pasquale Catalano studied piano, guitar and violin, and later composition. After finishing his studies, he worked in the theater, collaborating with the Compagnia della Fortezza of Enzo Moscato and Armando Punzo. He approached the world of cinema, collaborating with the director Pappi Corsicato in his films “Libera” and “I buchi neri”. After the episodic film “I vesuviani”, in which he scored the segments “Maruzzella” and “Il diavolo in bottiglia”, with the short film “L’amore non ha confini”, Catalano began a collaboration with director Paolo Sorrentino, which continued with compositions for the films “L’uomo in più” and “Le conseguenze dell’amore”. Another long-term collaboration is with Ferzan Ozpetek (Mine Vaganti, Magnifica Presenza, Allacciate le Cinture, Napoli Velata, La Dea Fortuna). He gives lectures and seminars in cultural and musical institutions on composition and its relationship with contemporary literature and on the history of Italian music in cinema.


Tuesday – 27/9/2022 – 16:30h – 17:30h – Masterclass – From melody to sound design

How is film music written today? New ideas, new experiences, and new approaches to the soundtrack: the contribution of Sound Design to music composition applied to contemporary cinema, between technological innovation and changing aesthetic parameters. With composers Stefano Mainetti and Riccardo Giagni.


Wednesday – 28/9/2022 – 11:00h – Workshop – Modern Scoring & Sampling

Sample library development – Sound design with ‘Kontakt’ by Stefano Maccarelli.


An overview of the potential offered by the ‘Kontakt’ platform: the development of custom libraries to allow the modern composer to build his own sound identity. In the workshop, the author will present examples of his workflow with his own libraries.


Stefano Maccarelli has been a sound designer, music designer and sample library developer for over 23 years. He has acquired extensive experience in audio post-production, music production, mixing sound design and sample library development. He has worked with, among others: FOX, DISNEY, A&E Network, MARVEL, SKY, RAI, NATONAL GEOGRAPHIC, MEDIASE, ZERO-G LTD.


Wednesday – 28/9/2022 – 12:30h – Workshop – How to take the first steps in your career as a composer

How to take the first steps in your career as a composer by Francesco Berta. A workshop dedicated to all emerging composers, an open discussion on the opportunities and challenges of the profession of film and TV music composer, focusing in particular on building the necessary foundations (study, practice, social media, public relations, daily routines) with the aim of offering a solid guide that can help new composers to face the first years of their career with serenity and determination.


Wednesday – 28/9/2022 – 15:30h – Masterclass – From the idea to the soundtrack

How is a soundtrack created? What is the relationship between the composer and the director? How do the two relate to each other? How is an original soundtrack written and materially realized?


The aim of this master class, given by Dario Vero, is to go through the whole process from the birth of the musical idea and the main themes of a film to the realization and delivery of the soundtrack itself.


Wednesday – 28/9/2022 – 17:00h – Masterclass – Listening guide for “Star Wars a New Hope in Concert”

A journey through the most iconic themes that have made Star Wars a legendary saga. In view of the CineConcerto “Star Wars a New Hope” the scores will be analyzed, the most significant scenes will be seen and discussed, and the main thematic cells will be listened to and compared. A meeting open to all to learn more and fully enjoy the live experience. From the hand of the composer Dario Vero.


Thursday – 29/9/2022 – 11:30 – 13:00h – Panel: Roma, Cracovia & Tenerife Film Music Together

Talk with the heads of the two most important film music festivals in Europe and the world, Krakow FMF and Fimucité, together with the new promise in the sector: Roma FMF.



    • Robert Piaskowski, artistic director of the festival Krakow FMF
    • Diego Navarro, artistic director of the festival Fimucité – Tenerife
    • Marco Patrignani, artistic director of the festival Roma FMF
    • Gorka Oteiza, founder and director of SoundTrackFest



The week of the Roma Film Music Festival is also an opportunity for professional meetings. The historic Forum Studios will be the ideal place for Italian and international connoisseurs. Managers and artists, producers and publicists, music publishers and authors: the business world and the best creative resources will have the opportunity to meet, forge alliances and devise new projects.


More information about the festival, the program, and free registration to the workshops/masterclasses: