Spanning from August 18th to 26th, Sonafilm 2023, also known as the Marina Alta Film Music Festival, made its mark. With the backing of Musimagen, this year’s edition unfolded across five distinct towns dotting the picturesque Alicante coast in Spain: Ondara, Dénia, El Verger, Calp, and Teulada Moraira. Vanessa Garde was delighted to partake in several events that spanned a diverse spectrum of cinematic music genres, encompassing everything from orchestral concerts to enriching educational initiatives.

On Saturday, August 19th, the festival held a symphonic concert titled ‘Música de Cine – Made in Spain’ at the Calp Auditorium. The concert was conducted by José Martínez Colomina, Principal Conductor of the Universal Symphony Orchestra, and featured compositions from various Spanish composers, including Manel Santisteban, Diego Navarro, Arnau Bataller, Luis Ivars, Iván Martínez Lacámara, and Vanessa herself. The program included pieces from well-known films and TV series like ‘Capitán Trueno,’ ‘Atrapa La Bandera,’ ‘Vaya Vacaciones,’ ‘Mediterráneo,’ ‘3 Metros sobre el Cielo,’ and ‘La Casa de Papel.’ This event offered attendees the chance to enjoy Spanish audiovisual music and connect with the composers.

Sonafilm concert poster 2023

On Sunday, August 20th, at the Multiespai l’Androna de Balearia-Dénia, Vanessa joined composers from the August 19th concert for a discussion titled ‘Let’s Talk Film Music.’ Moderated by Gorka Oteiza, director of the SoundTrackFest website, the conversation delved into the intricacies of composing and recording film scores, offering an opportunity to engage with established composers on the subject.

Film Music conference Sonafilm 2023

Further details about these events can be found on the Sonafilm website.