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Discovery of the Year
Discovery of the Year
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The World Soundtrack Award Discovery of the Year is presented annually to emerging talents in film scoring. Among past winners of the award are celebrated composers Craig Armstrong, Michael Giacchino, Daniel Pemberton, Nicholas Britell, Tamar-kali and Michael Abels. Traditionally, the Discovery of the Year honouree is invited to return to Film Fest Ghent the following year for the live performance of the winning score at the World Soundtrack Awards Concert.

Discovery of the Year 2019: Michael Abels for ‘Us’

The other 2019 nominees were:
- Segun Akinola for ‘The Last Tree’
- Kris Bowers for ‘Green Book’
- Anne Chmelewsky for ‘Where Hands Touch’
- Disasterpeace for ‘Under the Silver Lake’

You can submit your film score for consideration for the 2020 Discovery of the Year WSAward between 1 April and 15 June: see here.

Discovery of the Year

"Suite" from Mudbound, composed by Tamar-kali (WSA Discovery of the Year 2018) and performed at the 2019 World Soundtrack Awards.

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2019 - ‘Us’

Abels Michael

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2019 WINNER Listen on Spotify
2018 - 'Mudbound'


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2018 WINNER Listen on Spotify
2017 - Moonlight

Britell Nicholas

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2017 WINNER Listen on Spotify
Year Composer Score Nominees Spotify
2016 Kraemer Joe Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation View nominees
2015 Sanchez Antonio Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) View nominees
2014 Pemberton Daniel Cuban Fury, The Counselor View nominees
2013 Romer Dan Beasts of the Southern Wild View nominees
2012 Byrne Brian Albert Nobbs View nominees
2011 Heffes Alex The First Grader View nominees
2010 Korzeniowski Abel A Single Man View nominees
2009 Muhly Nico The Reader View nominees
2008 Streitenfeld Marc American Gangster View nominees
2007 Tarrab Daniel XXY View nominees
2006 Reboutsika Evanthia My Father & My Son View nominees
2005 Giacchino Michael The Incredibles View nominees
2004 Santaolalla Gustavo 21 Grams View nominees
2003 Pinto Antonio Cidade de Deus View nominees
2002 Badelt Klaus The Time Machine View nominees
2001 Armstrong Craig Kiss Of The Dragon; Moulin Rouge! View nominees

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