Call for entries: Discovery of the Year 2017

Every year, the Advisory Board of the World Soundtrack Academy chooses a ‘Discovery of the Year’ to celebrate emerging film composing talent. Famous composers as Klaus Badelt, Antonio Pinto, Craig Armstrong, Michael Giacchino, Gustavo Santaolalla, Nico Muhly, Abel Korzeniowski, Alex Heffes, Dan Romer, Daniel Pemberton and last year’s Joe Kraemer were discovered by the WSA Advisory Board.

Published on 22/05/2017

World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert

This year the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert, held on Wednesday October 18th and the Symphonic Jazz Concert, held on Thursday October 19th, both powered by Film Fest Gent, will focus on the incredible influence of jazz music on the art of film scoring from the past and the present.

Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé will perform compelling classical and contemporary jazz scores, accompanied by film clips on the big screen.

Published on 02/05/2017

International Master in Composition for Screen: second student workshop

As a professional partner of the ICSS project (International Creative Soundtrack Studies), Film Fest Gent collaborates in the development of 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 and four professional partners specialized in the film music industry and showing a great interest in music creation.


Published on 01/12/2016

(cleared photo by Jerroen Willems: Sándor Török, Jeff Beal, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dirk Brossé, Hans Helewaut)

Winners of the 16th World Soundtrack Awards

On 19 October, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards in Capitole, Ghent. Film Fest Gent celebrated its 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards by focusing on television scores. Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir performed scores from the most beloved television shows in recent history, conducted by Music Director Dirk Brossé.

Published on 19/10/2016

Follow all music events live!

Can't attend the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on 19 October and the Concert on 20 october? Don't worry, you can follow every step of all music events on our social media!

Published on 18/10/2016

WSAwards Industry Day on October 17th

The WSAwards Industry Day is the place to be for young composers, film-makers and professionals from the film (music) industry to learn, debate and network. If you want to develop your expertise and know-how, be sure to mark 17 October 2016 in your calendar!

Published on 13/10/2016

Film Fest Gent's Sakamoto Album

Film Fest Gent presents 'Music for Film: Ryuichi Sakamoto'. His legendary music was recorded at Flagey, performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Music Director Dirk Brossé. 

Published on 06/10/2016

Second wave of nominees! #WSAwards

The World Soundtrack Academy released a second wave of nominees for Discovery of the Year, the SABAM Award for Best Young International Composer and Public Choice Award. Last month the nominees for Best Film Composer, Best TV Composer and Best Original Song were revealed.

Published on 14/09/2016


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Pilot projects InMICS presented at the Filmfestival of Aubagne

The results of the InMics pilot projects were presented last month at the Filmfestival of Aubagne (FR). The four training institutes involved (CNSMD de Lyon, KASK & Conservatorium/School of Arts Ghent, Conservatorio di Musica G.B. Martini Bologna and the Faculté de Musique Université de Montréal) and three other professional partners (Permission Inc. Montréal, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne) also got together to finalise the two-year ‘International Master in Composition for Screen’ which will start in September 2018. 

Published on 02/05/2017

Russian Days @ Flagey, Brussels

Russian Days @ Flagey - ticket give away!

Times were rocky on the European continent exactly one hundred years ago, with big changes brought about by the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Within this context, the Russian Days are held this December in Flagey, Brussels. Three days filled with the best of Russian cinema, literature, debates and concerts by the great Russian musicians. Plus, you can now win tickets for the special film concert with music by Edward Artemiev. 

Published on 01/12/2016

WSAwards Concert with more music tonight

Now that the 2016 WSAwards have been announced, we can focus on more scores for contemporary TV-series during an extra WSA Concert tonight at 20h in Capitole Ghent.

Published on 20/10/2016

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Carter Burwell is Best Film Composer of the Year at the 16th WSAwards, Jeff Beal is Best Television Composer of the Year

On 19 October, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards in Capitole, Ghent. Film Fest Gent celebrated its 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards by focusing on television scores. Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir performed scores from the most beloved television shows in recent history.


Published on 19/10/2016

"It all started with Citizen Kane"

Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is obsessed by the sound of rain. At his home in New York, he has a big stack of cassette recordings of rain. The film and weather gods were favourable to him here, because it was raining strongly when he arrived in Ghent for the Film Music Seminar.

Published on 18/10/2016

"Consider a TV series as one long film"

Communication, excellence and courage were the three key words during yesterday's panel discussions of the WSAwards Industry Day. Those who master these skills will be able to excel in the film music industry.

Published on 18/10/2016

Film Music Seminar on October 18th

Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’, ‘The Last Emperor’, ‘The Revenant’, 'Wild Palms'), American composers Jeff Beal (‘House of Cards’, 'Carnivale', 'Rome') and Jeff Russo (‘Fargo’, 'The Night Of', 'The Returned') and Karsten Fundal (‘Shadow World’) & Johan Grimonprez ('Shadow World') are this year's Film Music Seminar guests.

The Film Music Seminar is annually organised by Film Fest Gent in collaboration with the University College, School of Arts and curated by dr. Martine Huvenne. Year after year, important film music professionals teach participants about film music or sound design.

This year's Film Music Seminar will mainly focus on TV scoring and will take place on Tuesday 18 October 2016 from 09:30 to 16:30 @ Kinepolis Ghent.

Published on 13/10/2016

Belgian Screen Composers Guild

The Belgian Screen Composers Guild will be presented at the 16th World Soundtrack Awards! Belgian composers launched this guild in order to act as a representative towards the film inudstry: producers, management associations, film funds and government agencies. 

Published on 06/10/2016

Meet & greet the #WSAwards composers

You have the opportunity to meet your favourite composer! Be quick, seats are limited.
Find out how you can gain one of the few tickets.

Published on 28/09/2016

Learn twice as much about composing for film & TV!

The combo tickets for the Film Music Seminar & Industry Day have arrived!

Enjoy a two-day trip through the creative and practical aspects of composing film, TV and documentary music on Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 October, and learn from experts such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jeff Beal and Jeff Russo. Also Karsten Fundal and Johan Grimonprez, who worked together on the documentary 'Shadow World', confirmed. And don't forget to network!

Published on 27/09/2016