Ever since 1982 Film Fest Gent has experienced a growing focus on music in cinema with a special section dedicated to music films.
This led to the addition of:
screenings with live musical performances
hosting big film music concerts
annual Film Music & Sound Seminars
- recordings of several CDs
Over the years, Film Fest Gent has become a meeting place for film music composers from all over the world. To consolidate this growing focus on music in cinema, the World Soundtrack Academy was created in 2001, and a number of World Soundtrack Awards are distributed each year among about 30-40 nominees from all over the world, many of them present at the WSA Ceremony & Concert to collect their award in case they win.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards, Film Fest Ghent made a special documentary that looks back on the history of the WSA and the focus on the impact of music on film.