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Ghent Film Festival appoints Dirk Brossé as Music Director

The Board of Directors of the Ghent Film Festival has appointed Dirk Brossé as Music Director. This further strengthens the successful collaboration spanning several years between the Ghent Film Festival and Dirk Brossé. As Music Director of the Ghent Film Festival, Brossé will serve as adviser for the compilation and programming of classical film music concerts. He will also be closely involved in the realisation of the festival's other musical projects, such as CD and DVD recordings.

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Bond composer John Barry dies aged 77

Composer John Barry, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77. Barry received a lifetime achievement award at the Ghent Film Festival in October 2010. A concert with Barry's most famous music was held for an audience of more than 2500 people. Due to his medical condition, John Barry could not be present in Ghent to accept his award. He asked colleague David Arnold to accept the Award in his place. John Barry deeply regretted his absence from the concert and expressed his disappointment in a warm-hearted video addressed to the Ghent Film Festival and especially to Jacques Dubrulle and Marian Ponnet.

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'Once' is heading to Broadway

If you caught John Carney's indie romance 'Once' and thought it would make a great Broadway production, you aren't alone. Producers John N. Hart Jr., Jeff Sine and Fred Zollo snagged the live theater rights to the film back in 2008 with initial plans to have it on the stage for the 2010-2011 theater season. At the 2007 Ghent Film Festival 'ONCE' won the Young Jury's Xplore Award.

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Golden Globes 2011

THE SOCIAL NETWORK emerged as the big winner at the 68th Golden Globes as it converted six nominations into four wins for dramatic picture, director, screenwriter and score. The Golden Globe Awards are an accolade presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to recognize excellence in film, television both domestic and foreign.

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Alexandre Desplat wins Award for Film Composer and Best Film Score of the Year

The World Soundtrack Academy announced tonight the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2010, the closing event of the 37th Ghent International Film Festival. Alexandre Desplat was chosen as Film Composer of the Year 2010 and took home the award for Best Orginal Film Score of the Year (Fantastic Mr. Fox) for the second year in a row. Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett received the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for Film ('THE WEARY KIND' from "Crazy Heart") and Abel Korzeniowski is the Discovery of the Year Award and Public Choice for A Single Man. John Barry received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Film music seminar with Stephen Warbeck at the 37th Ghent Film Festival

On October 20th, the Ghent Film Festival and Hogeschool Ghent are organising a film music seminar with composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliott) at which he will present his working method, illustrating it with music and film clips. The seminar will take place at the Zwarte Zaal of KASK (Bijloke site) from 10 am to 4 pm. The main question is How does film music contribute to the narrative structure of a film?

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World Soundtrack Academy announces Discovery Of The Year 2010

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 and last year's Nico Muhly were discovered by the board.

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Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band - 20/10 @ Vooruit

You probably think you know Tim Robbins. For the past 25 years, the 6' 5" actor has been part of the fabric of popular culture as An Oscar winning movie star (Bull Durham, The Player, Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River), writer & director (Dead Man Walking, Cradle Will Rock, Bob Roberts), philanthropist and political activist (Robbins was amongst America's most vocal opponents of the Iraq war). But there is a side to Robbins rarely seen until now. With the release of his strange and rather wonderful debut album, ' Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band', he reveals himself to be a gifted singer-songwriter in the American narrative tradition. Produced by maverick genius Hal Willner, Robbins' belated musical debut somehow brings all the strands of his creative life together. Because whether it is through the mediums of acting, writing, directing or singing a song, Tim Robbins has always been, at heart, a story teller.

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World Soundtrack Awards Announces 2010 Nominees

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of its nominees for the 2010 Awards to be presented in three categories: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards 10th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 23, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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Voting For The Public Choice Award For Best Soundtrack Of The Year Now Open.

Winner To Be Announced At The World Soundtrack Awards At The Ghent International Film Festival October 23, 2010.

Vote now for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to WSA ceremony and concert.

Have you always dreamt of being a VIP at the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony during the Ghent International Film Festival? Then vote now for the Public Choice Award For Best Soundtrack Of The Year and win a free weekend in the prestigious Marriott Hotel Ghent and two VIP-tickets for the 10th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards ceremony and concert on October 23rd!

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Film Festival Ghent celebrates 10th anniversary World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Awards, an awards presentation honoring the best in film music established by the Ghent International Film Festival's World Soundtrack Academy in 2001, has announced an all star line up to usher in its 10th year. Ten world class composers will be appearing live in concert at the awards presentation in Ghent, Belgium on October 23rd. Those confirmed include Oscar winners Howard Shore (Lord Of The Rings), Elliot Goldenthal (Titus), Gabriel Yared (The Talented Mr. Ripley), Gustavo Santaolalla (Motorcycle Diaries), Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love) as well as Angelo Badalamenti (Twin Peaks), Craig Armstrong (Love Actually), Alberto Iglesias (Volver), Bruno Coulais (Océans), Frédéric Devreese (Un Soir, Un Train) and brilliant young composer Nico Muhly (The Reader)

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Registrations Ghent Film Festival composition competition opened

The annual composition competition organised by the Ghent Film Festival with the support of SABAM kicks off once again. Young European film music composers are given the chance to compete for the prize of 2,500 Euros. In addition, they can have their composition performed live by the Brussels Philharmonic - the Flemish Radio Orchestra during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 23 October. This is the official closing event of the 37th Ghent Film Festival (12-23 October 2010). Applicants can register up to and including 30 June 2010.

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Film Music Legend, John Barry, In Concert At The Ghent Film Festival

On Thursday October 21, 2010 five-time Oscar winner, John Barry's music will be performed live in concert at the Ghent International Film Festival. This unique, one-night-only event will be held at 8.30 pm at 't Kuipke Concert Hall in Ghent. The 80 members Brussels Philharmonic will be performing selections from many of Barry's classic scores including Goldfinger, Mary Queen of Scots, Out of Africa, Dances with Wolves and Midnight Cowboy, conducted by Nicholas Dodd. As always, the concert will be accompanied by a video presentation of film clips.

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Giacchino wins his first Oscar for 'Up'

Michael Giacchino won his first Academy Award last night. The Oscar for 'Best Original Score' went to his widely acclaimed score for the Pixar hit Up, a score that previously has been awarded the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and a Grammy among many other honours. Giacchino spoke about the dream coming true in his acceptance speech, saying to the "kid out there who do not have a support system" that "if you want to be creative, go out there and do it. It is not a waste of time." In 2004 Giacchino was named 'Discovery Of The Year' at The World Soundtrack Awards for his score for another Pixar movie The Incredibles.

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Alexandre Desplat Film Composer of the Year & Best Film Score of the Year

The World Soundtrack Academy announced tonight the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2009, the closing event of the 36th Ghent International Film Festival. The 9th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards was once again a highlight for film music professionals and fans. Two time Oscar nominee, Alexandre Desplat, was chosen as Film Composer of the Year 2009 and also took home the award for Best Original Film Score of the Year (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). Double Oscar winner, A.R. Rahman, won Best Original Song Written for Film for Jai Ho (Slumdog Millionaire). Nico Muhly was the World Soundtrack Academy's new discovery of the year with the score for The Reader and three time Oscar winner Marvin Hamlisch was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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For the record: Angelo Badalamenti

The Ghent Film Festival is continuing its film music series 'For the Record' with a compilation of the best film music by Angelo Badalamenti played by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé.

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Ghent Film Festival pays a musical tribute to femmes fatales

Marilyn Monroe, Janet Leigh, Sharon Stone, Jeanne Moreau and Nicole Kidman, these are only a few of the world-famous actresses who made film history to what it is today. Composer Alexandre Desplat and the Traffic Quintet pay a musical tribute to these mythical women called Divine Féminin. A marvellous film soundtrack night with 'Women' as theme, on Wednesday 14 October in Handelsbeurs Ghent.

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Film music seminar with Shigeru Umebayashi

With the festival focus on Asia, and composer Shigeru Umebayashi as special guest, this year's film music seminar will be focusing on the use of sound and music in contemporary Chinese film. The morning kicks off with a brief overview of Chinese film, in all its sensory splendour, by renowned sinologist Anne Sytske Keijser. Since the eighties (and the Chinese New Wave), Chinese film has been more heavily focused on the aesthetic experience, communicated through sound and image, than on conventional narrative. Music plays a pivotal role, with sounds mixed and edited in a very specific way to complement the director's vision. Anne Sytske Keijser and Martine Huvenne will demonstrate the effects in a number of sound and film clips.

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Nominees 9th World Soundtrack Awards announced

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be proclaimed on Saturday, October 17 at the closing event of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Marvin Hamlisch

Three-time Oscar winner and much-lauded film composer Marvin Hamlisch will be the guest of honour and recipient of the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards, which close the 36th Ghent International Film Festival on October 17th.

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Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards

The composers Alexandre Desplat and Marvin Hamlisch will be the guests of honour at the 9th World Soundtrack Awards, the key event of the 36th Ghent Film Festival on Saturday 17 October in Music Centre De Bijloke in Ghent. The Brussels Philharmonic will be playing music from The Girl with the Pearl Earring, The Queen, The Painted Veil and Lust Caution among others. The American composer Marvin Hamlisch, who created unforgettable music for films such as The Way We Were and The Sting, will receive the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

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