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World Soundtrack Awards
WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS

17 > 18 Oct 2018

Frequent questions

Where can I subscribe for all the events?

You can find information about subsriptions, press & industry accreditations, press kits, subscription to our press list and the opening hours of our Press & Industry Office on our Press & Industry Page

Where can I get an accreditation?

You can find information about press or industry accreditations, press kits, subscription to our press list and the opening hours of our Press & Industry Office on our Press & Industry Page.

What does the Academy do?

Launched in 2001 by Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Academy is aimed at organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion. The latter through the presentation of awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives.

The awards should only be seen as a start. The World Soundtrack Academy is in the process of developing new initiatives that fit in the academy's mission statement.

The academy also actively contributes to the study of this form of art through organizing a Film Music Seminar, workshops, master classes, etc. as well as through the future publication of these studies and the development of an archive.

Together with Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Academy will also develop initiatives that are aimed at offering a strong platform to emerging film music talent in Europe.

The idea to set up the academy actually comes from a number of film composers attending the festival, and who considered it best placed to create a non-profit structure that would be able to operate completely unbiased.

What is your link to Film Fest Gent?

Film Fest Gent has been giving attention to film music as long as it exists and organises a lot of events related to film music. The festival has its own music department responsible for those events frequently visited by film music industry from all over the world. The World Soundtrack Awards (Gala & Concert) are one of those initiatives and events, just like the Symphonic Jazz in Film Concert, the Film Music Seminar or the WSA Industry Day

Can I vote for any of the Awards?

Everyone can vote for the Public Choice Award
Voting members of the Academy can vote for 
    - Film Composer of the Year
    - Best Original Song written directly for a Film
    - Television Composer of the Year

The Advisory Board can vote for: 
    - Discovery of the Year,
    - Best Original Score for a Belgian Production
    - Lifetime Achievement Award

The SABAM Award for Best Young International Composer (aka Competition Contest) is granted by a select jury of music professionals that changes each year. 

You can check the rules book to see if you can be part of the World Soundtrack Academy. 

Rules Book
Where can I buy tickets to the World Soundtrack Awards?

Buy tickets for following events:

- World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert 
- Symphonic Jazz in Film Concert
- Film Music Seminar
- Industry Day
Vooruit concerts

When and where do the next World Soundtrack Awards take place?

The World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert will take place 18 October 2017 at Capitole, Ghent
The Symphonic Jazz in Film Concert will take place 19 October 2017 at Capitole, Ghent

What are the World Soundtrack Awards?

The World Soundtrack Awards are organised by the music department of Film Fest Gent and granted by the World Soundtrack Academy, a group of almost 400 professionals from the film music industry (mainly composers, but also agents, publicists and directors) including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Alexandre Desplat or Philip Glass.These are prizes in eight categories granted to film music composers and awarded during a ceremony, the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert which takes place 18 October at Capitole, Ghent. 

How do I keep up to date on your activities?

If you would like to be kept informed about our latest initiatives, announcement about nominees or awards or just want regular news updates, you can subscribe to our newsletter, follow our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube) or just keep an eye on this website! 

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Press & Industry

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