Vancouver International Film Festival's Music in Film Summit Gets Linda Perry for Keynote Discussion

The multi-platinum producer and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee's address will explore music's essential role in film
Vancouver International Film Festival's Music in Film Summit Gets Linda Perry for Keynote Discussion
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Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) is embracing a hybrid model for its 40th annual instalment, which will take place from October 1 to 11 — with films screening in-person at theatres across Vancouver and online via the VIFF Connect streaming platform. Additionally, VIFF AMP, the festival's Music in Film Summit, has tapped legendary producer and songwriter Linda Perry to give this year's keynote address on October 8.

VIFF AMP scheduling traverses October 8 to 10 and aims to cover every angle of screen music, exploring both the business and art of music in film from every facet of the production process — including composition, artist management, publishing and licensing syncs for film, TV, advertisements and video games.

"Just as music lifts a work of visual media, VIFF AMP seeks to elevate the careers of emerging artists," VIFF AMP co-curator, Tony Scudellari of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. "We're excited to present three days of programming loaded with legendary talent, relevant career lessons, valuable connections and meaningful opportunities. The summit is a chance to build bridges between Vancouver's exceptional creative communities and the wider global entertainment community."

Rob Calder, VIFF AMP co-curator and founder of Secret Study, added: "The lineup of speakers assembled for this year represents a diverse range of industry icons and trending trailblazers at the top of their game. Participants will hear from chart-topping producers, the composers behind some of 2021's biggest TV hits, and industry insiders sharing hard-won trade secrets."

Passes to attend VIFF AMP are available at viff.org.

See the full VIFF AMP schedule below and find out more about the 40th VIFF's extensive programming at the festival's website.

​For 2021, 80 percent of VIFF's surplus of content is available to stream via VIFF Connect. Limited capacity in-person events will adhere strictly to provincial COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The hybrid model allows unparalleled access to VIFF AMP for music supervisors, composers, filmmakers and musicians worldwide to attend its programming of masterclasses, Q&As, panel discussions and music showcases.

VIFF AMP Music in Film Summit 2021:

10/08 Opening Keynote (2 p.m. PT)
Linda Perry - Grammy, Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award-nominated producer, Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, composer
Moderator: Jane Aurora - Producer, musician and mix engineer (Arrival Sounds)

10/09 - 10/10 VIFF AMP Artist Showcase

10/09 AMP's Stages to Screens: The Sequel (2 p.m. PT)
Dean "DC" Charles - Composer, producer (The Boondocks, CSI: Miami)
Dan "The Automator" Nakamura - Producer, composer, engineer and DJ (Booksmart, Always Be My Maybe)
Isabella "The Machine" Summers - Songwriter/composer (Little Fires Everywhere, Physical, Sex/Life)
Moderator: Tarun Nayar - Manager/artist (Snakes X Ladders)

10/09 AMP's The Art of Music Supervision: Theatrical Trailers (4 p.m. PT)
Brian Vickers - Music Supervisor (Walt Disney Studios)
Reuben Sears - SVP, Trailers and Promos (SILO: Music)
Evelin Garcia - Music Director (Wild Card Creative Group)
Moderator: Tony Scudellari - Senior VP of Television Music (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

10/09 MUSIC BC's SOUNDOFF (7:30 p.m. PT)
Aamina Gant - Music Supervisor
Janine Scalise Boyd - Music Supervisor (Moxie Music)
Evelin Garcia - Music Supervisor (Wild Card Creative Group)
Everton Lewis, Jr. - Music Supervisor
Moderator: Rob Calder - AMP Curator (Secret Study)
Moderator: Tony Scudellari - Senior VP of Television Music (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

10/10 AMP Master Class: The Music for Daughter of a Lost Bird (2 p.m. PT)
Laura Ortman - Composer (Daughter of a Lost Bird)
Brooke Pepion Swaney - Director (Daughter of a Lost Bird)
Moderator: Rob Calder - AMP Curator (Secret Study)
Host: Tony Scudellari - Senior VP of Television Music (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

10/10 AMP's The Art of Composition: Scoring Epically (4 p.m. PT)
Laura Karpman - Composer (Ask Your Mama, What If...?, Lovecraft Country)
Natalie Holt - Composer (Loki)
Moderator: Adrian Ellis - Composer and Sound Composers Guild of Canada Vice President

10/10 AMP Closing Keynote (7:30 p.m. PT)
Laura Karpman - Composer (Ask Your Mama, What If...?, Lovecraft Country)
Moderator: Angela Elster - President & CEO of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Last year's VIFF AMP Summit hosted Da 5 Bloods composer Terrence Blanchard as keynote speaker.