The latest film music and festival news
Film Fest Gent is honoured to announce the world premiere performance of the music for Disney’s ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’. John Powell’s powerful ‘Mine Mission Suite’ completes the concert programme of 2001 and Beyond: A Symphonic Odyssey". ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ hit theatres earlier this year and is the 4th instalment of Disney’s revived Star Wars saga.
Vooruit and Film Fest Gent traditionally team up during Film Fest Gent. Alongside the many films you can watch at Vooruit, there's also the possibility to attend VIDEODROOM, a series of evenings stuffed with top notch musicians who play live compositions. And every good party has an afterparty: that's what VIDEODROOM Nightlife is all about. VIDEODROOM Nightlife takes place at Vooruit Cafe. Free entrance!
After revealing the nominees for Best Film Composer, Best TV Composer and Best Original Song, the World Soundtrack Academy announces a second wave of nominees for Best Original Score for a Belgian production, Discovery of the Year, SABAM Award for the Most Original Score by a Young International Composer and Public Choice Award.
We can proudly announce two more scores that will be performed at our concert '2001 and Beyond: a Symphonic Odyssey': 'The Right Stuff' (Bill Conti) and 'The Rocketeer' (James Horner)
This first wave of the 2018 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes multiple Academy Award® winners and nominees, the best of contemporary film and television music as well as Pulitzer prize winner Kendrick Lamar and other pop artists.
In line with tradition, a selection of the World Soundtrack Award's main guest's music will be recorded and released for the annual 'Music for Film' album. Some of Carter Burwell's most captivating scores will be recorded on August 20-22 in Flagey's legendary Studio 4, performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. The live recording will include exclusive and unpublished tracks from 'The Spanish Prisoner' and 'Olive Kitteridge'. It will be the first compilation album of Burwell's film scores ever released, licensed by Silva Screen Records and recorded, mixed & mastered by MotorMusic.
Longtime friends and first-time collaborators Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka complete the line-up for VIDEODROOM. They will improvise on the themes of Lion, the 2016 Garth Davis drama they scored together. This Oscar-nominated score will serve as the starting point of the concert. Hauschka and O’Halloran will musically challenge each other, each at their own piano. ‘Cinematic Collaboration’ premiered at the Krakow Film Music Festival 2018 and will be performed 15 October at VIDEODROOM.
Registrations for the 17th edition of the Composition Contest will be accepted via this link until 13 July 2018 at midnight (GMT+2). The composition must be submitted by 3 August 2018. The rules for the composition contest can be found here. Please read this carefully before submitting.
We added three more masterpieces to the already amazing line-up of our concert '2001 and Beyond: a Symphonic Odyssey': 'Starship Troopers' (Basil Poledouris), 'Mission to Mars' (Ennio Morricone) and the incredible Black Mirror-episode 'USS Callister' (by former World Soundtrack Discovery of the YearDaniel Pemberton).
From this year onwards, Film Fest Gent teams up with Spitfire Audio for the yearly WSAwards Composition Contest for Young International Film Music Composers. Spitfire Audio will provide the winner with their most ambitious sampling library product: Hans Zimmer Strings. By offering this top notch groundbreaking sampling string product, added to the € 2.500 offered by SABAM for Culture, Film Fest Gent & Spitfire Audio wish to boost the young composer’s career. You can still register for the WSAwards Composition Contest until 13 July 2018.
Impressed by the score of 'A Quiet Place'? Overwhelmed by the music of 'Avengers: Infinity War'? Help your favourite film score receive the World Soundtrack Public Choice Award! Film score fans worldwide can cast their vote for what they consider the best score of the past 12 months. The score with the highest number of votes will receive the World Soundtrack Public Choice Award 2018!
On 10 October, Vooruit and Film Fest Gent will launch the first edition of VIDEODROOM. During the upcoming Film Fest Gent (9-19 Oct 2018) and at cultural arts centre Vooruit, artists and audiences will explore a new universe at the intersection between music, films and visuals. Film scores will be reworked and well-known films and their scores will be deconstructed. Ex-Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore opens the festival with his new score for four short films by experimental filmmaker Maya Deren.
In 2018, Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey' is exactly fifty years old and that is worth celebrating. On 18 October, Film Fest Gent will be organising a concert, under the title '2001 and Beyond: A Symphonic Odyssey' with a wide variety of scores from films taking place in space on the programme.
Voting is but a snapshot away! If you'd like to be considered as an World Soundtrack Academy member, please send in your nomination application before 15th June. Take part and join this honourable group of academy contributors. For more details about membership entitlements and advantages, take a look at the website.
The deadline for the 'World Soundtrack Discovery of the year 2018' award is fast approaching!
Film Fest Gent honours French composer Philippe Sarde with Lifetime Achievement Award at 18th World Soundtrack Awards
Within the framework of the upcoming World Soundtrack Awards Gala, Film Fest Gent will honour Philippe Sarde's impressive career with a Lifetime Achievement Award followed by a tribute to Sarde's film music. The French composer is known for an immense variety and richness in his scores, ranging from impressive symphonic work to pure jazz. Sarde has worked with several world-famous directors such as Claude Sautet, Bertrand Tavernier, Yves Boisset, André Téchiné, Roman Polanski, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Marco Ferreri, Jacques Doillon and even Robert Bresson.
Film Fest Gent welcomes Carter Burwell as central guest at the 18th World Soundtrack Awards. Never before has music of the globally acclaimed composer, especially known through his collaboration with the Coen Brothers, been performed live.
The 17th edition was marvelous thanks to our amazing guests Terence Blanchard, David Shire and Joe Kraemer and our fantastic orchestra Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé. We are already looking forward to the 18th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards on Wednesday 17 October 2018!
We are now welcoming applications for the European Postgraduate in Arts in Sound (EPAS) for the 2018–2019 academic year!
Enjoy our wonderful aftermovie of the most amazing concert of the year! Thanks to our guests Joe Kraemer, Terence Blanchard, David Shire and many more.