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Winners of the 16th World Soundtrack Awards

On 19 October, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards in Capitole, Ghent. Film Fest Gent celebrated its 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards by focusing on television scores. Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir performed scores from the most beloved television shows in recent history, conducted by Music Director Dirk Brossé.

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"It all started with Citizen Kane"

Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto is obsessed by the sound of rain. At his home in New York, he has a big stack of cassette recordings of rain. The film and weather gods were favourable to him here, because it was raining strongly when he arrived in Ghent for the Film Music Seminar.

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Follow all music events live!

Can't attend the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on 19 October and the Concert on 20 october? Don't worry, you can follow every step of all music events on our social media!

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"Consider a TV series as one long film"

Communication, excellence and courage were the three key words during yesterday's panel discussions of the WSAwards Industry Day. Those who master these skills will be able to excel in the film music industry.

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WSAwards Industry Day on October 17th

The WSAwards Industry Day is the place to be for young composers, film-makers and professionals from the film (music) industry to learn, debate and network. If you want to develop your expertise and know-how, be sure to mark 17 October 2016 in your calendar!

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Film Music Seminar on October 18th

Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’, ‘The Last Emperor’, ‘The Revenant’, 'Wild Palms'), American composers Jeff Beal (‘House of Cards’, 'Carnivale', 'Rome') and Jeff Russo (‘Fargo’, 'The Night Of', 'The Returned') and Karsten Fundal (‘Shadow World’) & Johan Grimonprez ('Shadow World') are this year's Film Music Seminar guests.

The Film Music Seminar is annually organised by Film Fest Gent in collaboration with the University College, School of Arts and curated by dr. Martine Huvenne. Year after year, important film music professionals teach participants about film music or sound design.

This year's Film Music Seminar will mainly focus on TV scoring and will take place on Tuesday 18 October 2016 from 09:30 to 16:30 @ Kinepolis Ghent.

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Film Fest Gent's Sakamoto Album

Film Fest Gent presents 'Music for Film: Ryuichi Sakamoto'. His legendary music was recorded at Flagey, performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Music Director Dirk Brossé. 

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Learn twice as much about composing for film & TV!

The combo tickets for the Film Music Seminar & Industry Day have arrived!

Enjoy a two-day trip through the creative and practical aspects of composing film, TV and documentary music on Monday 17 & Tuesday 18 October, and learn from experts such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jeff Beal and Jeff Russo. Also Karsten Fundal and Johan Grimonprez, who worked together on the documentary 'Shadow World', confirmed. And don't forget to network!

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Composition Contest 2017

Young international film music talent will have the chance to win the highly sought after SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer. This award was created by the World Soundtrack Academy and is worth € 2,500. The compositions of the three finalists will be performed by Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé, during the 17th World Soundtrack Awards Gala.

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Second wave of nominees! #WSAwards

The World Soundtrack Academy released a second wave of nominees for Discovery of the Year, the SABAM Award for Best Young International Composer and Public Choice Award. Last month the nominees for Best Film Composer, Best TV Composer and Best Original Song were revealed.

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Film Fest Gent & Brussels Philharmonic recorded music by Ryuichi Sakamoto

Last week Film Fest Gent and Brussels Philharmonic completed the recording of the anthology of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s oeuvre in Flagey. The recordings include fragments from ‘Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence’ and ‘The Revenant’ and were led by music director of Film Fest Gent Dirk Brossé. The recorded compilation-CD will be launched during the 43rd Film Fest Gent and the 16th World Soundtrack Awards on 19 October, where Sakamoto will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Maestro Dirk Brossé nominated for Golden Calf Award

Belgian composer Dirk Brossé has been nominated for the soundtrack of the Dutch film 'In my fathers garden' ('Knielen op een bed violen') by Ben Sombogaart for the Golden Calf award. The soundtrack was recorded by Brussels Philharmonic, with whom Brossé has a long-standing collaboration.

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World Soundtrack Awards - First round of nominees WSAwards 2016

First wave of nominees #WSAwards

This first wave of World Soundtrack Award Nominees include multiple Academy Award® winners and nominees, a past Discovery of the Year winner, and the best of contemporary television music. The nominees announced include Academy Award®-winners Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Sam Smith; Academy Award®-nominees Carter Burwell and Thomas Newman; and recent Discovery of the Year winner Daniel Pemberton. The inaugural Television Composer of the Year nominees include EMMY® winners Bear McCreary, Jeff Beal, and Sean Callery, and nominees Mac Quayle and Ramin Djawadi.

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First wave of #WSAwards nominees announced

This first wave of World Soundtrack Award Nominees include multiple Academy Award® winners and nominees, a past Discovery of the Year winner, and the best of contemporary television music. The nominees announced include Academy Award®-winners Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Sam Smith; Academy Award®-nominees Carter Burwell and Thomas Newman; and recent Discovery of the Year winner Daniel Pemberton. The inaugural Television Composer of the Year nominees include EMMY® winners Bear McCreary, Jeff Beal, and Sean Callery, and nominees Mac Quayle and Ramin Djawadi.

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World Soundtrack Awards - Vote now!

LAST CALL: Vote for your favorite original score in the WSA Public Choice Award!

At 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on 19 October, the winner of the Public Choice Award will be announced, and it is up to you to select your favorite! 

You can cast your vote for your favorite original score of the past 12 months (for any feature film released between 1 JULY, 2015 and 30 JUNE, 2016) and have a chance to win one of the 10 #WSAwards surprise gift bags!

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Poll: Have your say in the final score for the Ryuichi Sakamoto album!

Via this poll we offer you the chance to vote for your favorite Ryuichi Sakamoto track in the last days of our crowdfunding campaign: 'Bringing Sakamoto's filmmusic to your ears'.
Through this campaign we aim to fund a unique Ryuichi Sakamoto album that is focused on his film and TV work rather than on his separate scores. The album will be recorded by Brussels Philharmonic and YOU get to decide which final track will be added to the list of already awesome scores!

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Last call to enter in European Postgraduate in Arts in Sound

EPAS, a one-year postgraduate in the creative potential of sound both of itself and as part of a multi media practice, is organized by The School of Arts (Gent), NFA (Amsterdam) and ifs (Cologne). As a partner of the EPAS Consortium we are glad to communicate that the first 9 EPAS-applicants have been accepted. There are still some places open to participate in the EPAS course, so we are launching a second call now! Applications are open until August 15th.

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