PR for Screen Composers

The international film music industry is growing considerably. In the US, composers tend to work with both a talent agent and a publicist. Nevertheless, as budgets for EU productions are rather moderate and their composers rather modest, EU-based composers are not always very familiar with the concept of ‘publicity & PR’. What can PR mean for a screen composer and how can they take advantage of it? Valerie from Post Bills is happy to share some insights and hands-on tips & tricks.

This session takes place online via the platform NetworkTables. Please note that seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. So get yourself in motion and save your seat.

Speakers

Valerie Dobbelaere (Post Bills, BE)

Valerie studied Iberian linguistics & literature as well as Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the Ghent University in Belgium. In 2007 Valerie started working at the guest office of Film Fest Gent, where she, between 2010 and 2019, coordinates the music and sound projects (concert productions, masterclasses, composition contest, the annual World Soundtrack Awards, album recording, industry events, international collaborations,..) and loves establishing the necessary platform to both established and young & upcoming film (music) talent. Valerie has worked with several renowned composers such as Howard Shore, Hans Zimmer, Elliot Goldenthal, James Newton Howard, Alberto Iglesias, Giorgio Moroder and Alexandre Desplat. Since 2017 Valerie joined Post Bills, a Brussels-based Press & Communication Agency, specializing in PR for film, TV & film music projects.

Hannes De Maeyer (Composer, BE)

Hannes is one of Belgium's most versatile composers, best known for his collaboration with director duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Gangsta, Black). His scores range from pure electronic to impressive symphonic instrumentation, as well as everything in between. After obtaining his Master's degree in 'Music Production' at the School of Arts of University College Ghent, Hannes started working as composer assistant to Steve Willaert, one of Belgium's most prolific screen composer, and starts composing for several project produced by A Team Productions such as Land of the Heroes and Baghdad Messi by worldwide praised director Sahim Omar Kalifa. When Hannes meets the talented Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, they decide to collaborate for their first feature Image, quickly followed by Black, awarded with the Discovery Awards during the 40th edition of TIFF in 2015. For El Arbi & Fallah's flashy third feature Gangsta (Patser), De Maeyer created the perfect musical power shot, full of games vibes and inspired by both iconic 80s film scores and contemporary electronic influences.