Bruno Coulais: a composer also needs to be a midwife

French composer Bruno Coulais shared his wisdom with the younger generation at the film music seminar: composers shouldn’t shirk from pulling a little wool over a director’s eyes.

Published on 31/10/2014

Chaplin's The Circus

Film Fest Gent is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tramp with an exceptional family film concert of Chaplin's The Circus presented by Proximus and supported by Ghent University.

Published on 03/10/2014

Music @ Film Fest Gent

Music is represented more than ever at the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent. Not only are there several concerts celebrating the beauty of film music, the Sound and Vision section also consists of documentaries, features on concerts, musicians and music styles. And this year’s musical programme promises to make for another fantastic year at Film Fest Gent!

Published on 01/10/2014

Lord of the Rings in Concert

Rediscover Howard Shore's beautiful score to 'The Fellowship of the Ring' during the live concert of this spectacular film trilogy on the 27th of December in Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

Published on 17/09/2014

Legowelt scores 'Aguirre, Der Zorn Gottes'

Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt, composed a new soundtrack for Werner Herzog's 'Aguirre, The Wrath of God' at the invitation of Film Fest Gent, Vooruit and art collective Stroom.

Published on 03/09/2014

Nominees for World Soundtrack Awards

Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and Pharrell Williams are the most familiar names among the first nominees that were released by the World Soundtrack Academy. Besides Film Composer of the Year, the World Soundtrack Academy also published the nominees in the categories for Best Original Film Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The WSAwards, one of the most prestigious events in the world of film music, is the closing event of Film Fest Gent and will take place on 25 October at Kuipke in Ghent, Belgium.

Published on 12/08/2014

Chaplin's the Tramp centennial

Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s 'The Tramp' with exceptional screenings of two of the greatest classics of Charles Spencer Chaplin: 'The Circus' and 'The Gold Rush'.

On 26 October, the festival will feature an additional film music event toward its ending with a family concert of the silent film classic 'The Circus' (1928). The film will be screened with music composed by Chaplin, performed by a live orchestra led by Music Director Dirk Brosse at ‘t Kuipke.

Dirk Brosse: "Leading a silent film is always very exciting. Sometimes I feel like a tightrope walker who suddenly looks down, in this case almost literally. The music that Chaplin composed is compelling and efficacious. It waltzes from comedy to drama and banters from laughter to tears. And as is often the case: melancholy is never far away."

Chaplin’s 'The Circus' presented by Proximus and supported by Ghent University will take place on Sunday, 26 October at ’t Kuipke at 15:00
Tickets are €15 (standard) and €12 (children under 12) and are available through this link.

Published on 02/07/2014

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Approaching deadline Discovery of the Year

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 and last year’s Dan Romer were discovered by the WSA Advisory Board.

The Discovery of the Year Award is aimed at encouraging emerging talent, who at the current WSA eligibility deadline (June 30, 2014), have scored not more than six feature films in total (excluded are shorts, TV-formats & documentaries), which have had a commercial theatrical release. To qualify as an eligible score, the motion picture for which the score was composed/produced has to receive its world première screening between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

Published on 10/06/2014

13th Composition Contest for Young European Film Music Composers

Young European film music talent will have another chance to win the highly sought after SABAM Award For Best Young European Composer. This award was created by the World Soundtrack Academy and is worth € 2500 and the live performance of the three finalists’ compositions by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 25 October at the venue ‘t Kuipke in Ghent. This is the official closing ceremony of the 41st Film Fest Gent (14 - 25 October 2014). Candidates must be younger than 36 years old and must be European or have been born in Europe. Registrations will be accepted until 11 July 2014.

Published on 14/05/2014


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14th World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert!

The 14th World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert takes place on 25 October 2014 at Kuipke Ghent.

Film Fest Gent proudly welcomes Cliff Martinez, American composer and former drummer of the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, to the traditional film music concert during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert.

Published on 23/10/2014

Spandau Ballet to perform at Film Fest Gent

On Thursday 23 of October Spandau Ballet will perform after the screening of the new documentary 'Soul Boys of the Western World'. THAT MUCH IS TRUE!

Published on 02/10/2014

UFA Film Nights Concours at Bozar

During its second edition, UFA Film Nights introduces you to the golden age of silent film. Bozar is giving away 5 x 2 tickets for the film screenings of 'The Sixth part of the world' and 'The Eleventh Year' by Dziga Vertov, accompanied live by the Michael Nyman Band.

Published on 03/09/2014

Rock band Goblin to play Suspiria at Vooruit

At the 41st Film Fest Gent the Italian prog rock band Goblin will be playing live music during the screening of the surreal horror classic "Suspiria" at Vooruit on Saturday 18 October.

Published on 25/07/2014

Film Music Industry Packages now available

Film Fest Gent is proud to present an elaborative music programme with seminars, film music concerts, the World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert and networking events for professionals.

Published on 25/07/2014

Gent Jazz Festival

Gent Jazz Festival is the place to be in July for all music lovers. Starting from next Thursday, the festival will present not only great musicians such as Charles Bradley, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, but a lot of (film music) composers will also hit their stage. The Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, up and coming talent Ólafur Arnalds and Ibrahim Maalouf will be performing at the festival. For more info and tickets go to

Published on 10/07/2014

Film Fest Gent launches cooperation with Spotify

The digital music streaming service Spotify and Film Gent have signed an exclusive partnership. The Spotify Public Choice Award for best score will be awarded by the public during the 14th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards. Spotify will also present the new music section of the film festival: Sound and Vision.

Published on 27/06/2014