Ever since 1982 Film Fest Gent has experienced a growing focus on music in cinema with a special section dedicated…
The 17th edition of World Soundtrack Awards runs from Tuesday 17 till Friday 20 October 2017.
The World Soundtrack Awards were launched in 2001 as a way of honouring an often forgotten component of movies: film music and their composers. Composers can get nomineed in different categories, ranging from best film Composer of the Year, over the Lifetime Achievement Awards, to the Public Choice Award. These will be granted during the World Soundtrack Gala & Concert, a night that also includes performances by the winners, special guests and soundtracks carried out by Brussels Philharmonic with movie clips on big screens. More info about this concert:
Each year, there is a regular concert without ceremony the next evening. In 2017, the theme is jazz music in film, so the show will be called Symphonic Jazz Concert. Brussels Philharmonic will be accompanied on stage by Brussels Jazz Orchestra to play jazz classics throughout 100 years of movie history with clips displayed on the big screen. More info about this concert here:
The official institution behind those awards, is the World Soundtrack Academy. It is aimed at organising 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 said awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives.
The academy also actively contributes to the study of this form of art through organizing seminars (Film Music Seminar, link), workshops, master classes (Industry Day, link), 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 (InMics, EPAS).
The idea to set up the academy 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.