Following the French President’s April 13 announcement banning any festival from taking place until mid-July, and our partner, the Directors’ Fortnight cancellation of its 2020 edition, ECSA regrets to announce the cancellation of its 2020 edition of the European Film Music Day in Cannes.

ECSA is looking at the best way to keep on supporting composers throughout this crisis and is currently looking into transforming the event and holding it at a later moment in a different location. 



The European Film Music Day 2019 successfully took place on May 20th in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival. This year’s talking points were on the practice of buyouts and on the creative process behind scoring for movies compared to the one behind scoring for TV series. The experts also looked into how the new Copyright Directive will impact composers of film and media. The panels took place in the afternoon at FNAC Cannes (83, rue d’Antibes) and were followed by a reception at Plage Quinzaine to further discuss topics of interest and to meet other professionals over a refreshing drink by the Mediterranean sea.

ECSA could not have done this without the support of this year’s sponsors and partners. We are very grateful for the support of: The Creative Europe Programme, La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, FNAC, FERA -The Federation of European Film Directors, The Film Music Foundation, Suomen Musiikintekijät, DEFKOM – Deutsche Filmkomponistenunion, UCMF – Union des Compositeurs de Musique de Films, CC – Composers Club, ÖKB – Österreichischer Komponistenbund, SoundTrack Cologne and Braunschweig International Film Festival.

Don’t forget to check out the pictures below (©Guillaume Lutz & Thomas Smith/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) and have a look at the official programme for the 2019 edition!


The European Film Music Day 2018 successfully took place on Tuesday the 15th of May 2018 in the framework of the Cannes Festival. This year again, experts in the audiovisual sector coming from all over Europe had the opportunity to discuss key issues at stake during this one day event. Amazing guests gathered on three panels to exchange on the creative process of composing film music, on the particularities of scoring music for video-games, and on working with agents and PR agencies. A formidable audience engaged in the discussions as well both during the panels and the coffee break.

We are thankful to all of our partners and supporters for making possible this inspirational day: the Creative Europe programme, La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight), FERA, SKAP, NOPA, UCMF, DEFKOM, ÖKB, BASCA, Musimagen, SoundTrack Cologne, Braunschweig International Film Festival, and Fnac.

You want to find out more? Have a look at the programme for the 2018 edition, get in touch with us, or check out the pictures (©Guillaume Lutz/Quinzaine des Réalisateurs).

Some history…

The European Film Music Day goes back to an initiative of ECSA’s FFACE committee and is since the re-structuration of ECSA an official ECSA activity, co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme. The event features different panels addressing key issues for film composers and offers thus an opportunity for film and audiovisual composers to make their voice heard and to present the extraordinary value of their craftsmanship. The one-day event typically closes with an exclusive reception for guests, which is a good platform for them to meet and exchange business cards – often resulting in new collaborations and work.

The first edition held under the headline European Film Music Days took place in Paris in November 2008 where FFACE co-organised the 2-day event with ECSA’s French member UCMF in the framework of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Read an article about the first edition here.

Since then, the European Film Music Day is organised in the framework of the Cannes Film Festival in partnership with FERA (Federation of European Film Directors) and Soundtrack Cologne.

Click here to access the 2017 programme.

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