The Alcimé association, which organises the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne acquired an experience in the field of the musical composition for picture and in the promotion of the young cinematographic creation. The various professionals meetings and grants to help the creation led by Alcimé to support producers, directors and composers, contribute to its influence.
Therefore, Alcimé participates in several collaborative projects in the European and international scale which is mainly developped in the field of training and education.
EPAS is a one-year intensive course in the creative potential of sound both of itself and as part of a multi media practice. The innovative curriculum emphasises the development of creative practice alongside technical craft and embraces research as essential in supporting self and creative development. EPAS is the shortened version of a planned but postponed two-year MA in Sound, with a certificate as outcome. The partners of EPAS Consortium are KASK, School of Arts Gent, HoGent, Belgium; NFA (Nederlandse Film Academie), The Netherlands; and ifs (internationale filmschule köln), Germany. The School of Sound, UK; ENSATT, France; Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (Torching), France; Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK; Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France and Film Fest Gent, Belgium are associated partners of the EPAS consortium. The consortium can invite other associated partners in order to optimize the education.
A steering group has developed the curriculum with the support of the European Commission. The group comprised members from Aalto University, Finland; Netherlands Film Academy, Netherlands; ENSATT, France; Festival International du Film d’Aubagne, France; Film Fest Gent, Belgium; ifs internationale filmschule köln, Germany; KASK and Conservatory / School of Arts Gent, Belgium; and The School of Sound, UK.
International Creative Soundtracks Studies « ICSS » is a strategic partnership, which aim is to develop a joint programme in music composition for audiovisual media entitled « InMICS » (International Master in Composition for Screen). This partnership is composed of four Higher Education institutions known for their expertise in music composition for audiovisual media (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon CNSMD (France), Conservatory GB Martini Bologne (Italy), HoGent School of Arts (Belgium, Faculté de Musique - Université de Montréal (Canada)) and four professional partners specialized in the film industry and showing a great interest in music creation (Festival International du Film d'Aubagne (France), Cineteca di Bologne (Italy), FilmFest Gent (Belgium) and Permission Inc. Montréal (Canada)).
The ICSS strategic partnership responds to various growing needs in the field of music composition for audiovisual media, which faces a great expansion nowadays.
The final outcome of the project is to develop a joint master’s degree, giving forthcoming students the chance to improve their skills and share their talents in a international environment.
Students will be able to take the advantage of the excellent know-how, experiences and expertise of the eight partners involved in the project, balancing the contribution of both educational and professional structures. The participation of North-American organizations in the project represents a great added value since it broadens the perspectives on numerous issues. Therefore our project shows a unique character, based on diversity and innovative practices. One of our goals is also to provide students with the opportunity to meet and work in collaboration with professionals in order for students to boost their employability and take part in an international network. This appears as a great need for students today.