This first wave of the 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes multiple Academy Award® winners and nominees, a past Discovery of the Year nominee, and the best of contemporary film and television music.
The latest film music and festival news
The team behind the World Soundtrack Awards, Brussels Philharmonic and Terence Blanchard, the guest of honour at our WSA Gala & Concert, are teaming up to create a unique compilation album with some of his most extraordinary film scores, and you can decide which tracks are on it!
World Soundtrack Awards and Film Fest Gent are celebrating 100 years of jazz with a Symphonic Jazz in Film Concert: the best symphonic jazz soundtracks of the past century accompanied by film excerpts on the big screen. On this special occasion two orchestras will join forces: Brussels Jazz Orchestra joins Brussels Philharmonic, and together they will perform jazzy scores conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé on October 19th at the Ghent Capitole.
This summer Cinema Canvas provides Flanders with outdoor screenings of film classics, selected by experts in the field. However, iconic films wouldn't be half as legendary without some iconic music to accompany them, so Cinema Canvas has released a compilation album!
All soundtrack and film music fans worldwide can cast their personal vote for what they consider the best soundtrack of the past 12 months. The soundtrack that gets the highest number of votes will receive the World Soundtrack Public Choice Award 2017!
Live Track Cinema is a collaboration between Film Fest Gent, KASKcinema and Democrazy to give pop- and rock musicians the opportunity to expand their creative horizons by composing music for existing movies. On the 23th of September, the music of Steiger, the best of Belgian Jazz, will meet the extraordinary glass plane animations of Yuri Norstein.
From the 10th until the 20th of October Ghent will be taken over by Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Awards. Vooruit Arts Centre will become the place to enjoy an interesting cross-pollination of image and music from the 11th until the 21th (yes, we added an extra day for our famous afterparty!) – thanks to the collaboration between Film Fest Gent & Vooruit. The event will kickoff on the 11th of October with Belgian band STUFF. and their live adaptation of the music of film composer Howard Shore.
Jazz and film music lovers, this is your chance! Every year, Film Fest Gent, Brussels Philharmonic and the World Soundtrack Awards put a film music composer in the spotlights and bundle his film scores in a compilation album. In honour of the centenary of jazz, this year's record will revolve entirely around Terence Blanchard, and we count on you to make this album happen!
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.
Every year, the Advisory Board of the World Soundtrack Academy chooses a ‘Discovery of the Year’ to celebrate emerging film composing talent. Famous composers as Klaus Badelt, Antonio Pinto, Craig Armstrong, Michael Giacchino, Gustavo Santaolalla, Nico Muhly, Abel Korzeniowski, Alex Heffes, Dan Romer, Daniel Pemberton and last year’s Joe Kraemer were discovered by the WSA Advisory Board.
This year the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert, held on Wednesday October 18th and the Symphonic Jazz Concert, held on Thursday October 19th, both powered by Film Fest Gent, will focus on the incredible influence of jazz music on the art of film scoring from the past and the present.
Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé will perform compelling classical and contemporary jazz scores, accompanied by film clips on the big screen.
The results of the InMics pilot projects were presented last month at the Filmfestival of Aubagne (FR). The four training institutes involved (CNSMD de Lyon, KASK & Conservatorium/School of Arts Ghent, Conservatorio di Musica G.B. Martini Bologna and the Faculté de Musique Université de Montréal) and three other professional partners (Permission Inc. Montréal, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna and the Festival International du Film d’Aubagne) also got together to finalise the two-year ‘International Master in Composition for Screen’ which will start in September 2018.
As a professional partner of the ICSS project (International Creative Soundtrack Studies), Film Fest Gent collaborates in the development of a joint programme in music composition for audiovisual media entitled "InMICS", International Master in Composition for Screen. This partnership is composed of four Higher Education institutions known for their expertise in music composition for audiovisual media and four professional partners specialized in the film music industry and showing a great interest in music creation.
Times were rocky on the European continent exactly one hundred years ago, with big changes brought about by the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Within this context, the Russian Days are held this December in Flagey, Brussels. Three days filled with the best of Russian cinema, literature, debates and concerts by the great Russian musicians. Plus, you can now win tickets for the special film concert with music by Edward Artemiev.
We thoroughly enjoyed the 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards on 19 October and the additional concert on 20 October and want to thank all of the composers, partners and loyal audience for attending these joyous events. Join us for some reminiscing by checking out the photo albums on the website of Film Fest Gent.
Missed Ryuichi Sakamoto's enchanting performance at the World Soundtrack Awards? Or want to relive this great moment? Thanks to buteo buteo, N.E.W.S. Records, Silva Screen Records and of course our crowd funding backers you can listen to Sakamoto's 'Music for Film' right from your very home.
You can find the pictures taken during the WSAwards press conference and meet & greet on 19 October on the website of Film Fest Gent. Stick around for some time and find the photos from the WSAwards Gala, the Film Music Seminar and Industry Day as well.
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.
Carter Burwell is Best Film Composer of the Year at the 16th WSAwards, Jeff Beal is Best Television Composer of the Year
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.
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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|1917||Thomas Newman||Vote now|
|A HIDDEN LIFE||James Newton Howard||Vote now|
|ABOMINABLE||Rupert Gregson-Williams||Vote now|
|AD ASTRA||Max Richter & Lorne Balfe||Vote now|
|ADORING||Nicolas Errera||Vote now|
|ARCHIMEDES NO TAISEN / THE GREAT WAR OF ARCHIMEDES||Naoki Sato||Vote now|
|BAD BOYS FOR LIFE||Lorne Balfe||Vote now|
|BIRDS OF PREY||Daniel Pemberton||Vote now|
|BLIZZARD OF SOULS||Lolita Ritmanis||Vote now|
|BOMBSHELL||Theodore Shapiro||Vote now|
|COLOR OUT OF SPACE||Colin Stetson||Vote now|
|DOLEMITE IS MY NAME||Scott Bomar||Vote now|
|DOLITTLE||Danny Elfman||Vote now|
|DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD||John Debney & Germaine Franco||Vote now|
|DOWNHILL||Volker Bertelmann||Vote now|
|DOWNTON ABBEY||John Lunn||Vote now|
|DRAGONHEART VENGEANCE||Mark McKenzie||Vote now|
|ELCANO Y MAGALLANES: LA PRIMERA VUELTA AL MUNDO||Joseba Beristain||Vote now|
|EMMA||David Schweitzer & Isobel Waller-Bridge||Vote now|
|FORD V FERRARI||Marco Beltrami & Buck Sanders||Vote now|
|FROZEN II||Christophe Beck||Vote now|
|FUKUSHIMA 50||Taro Iwashiro||Vote now|
|HARRIET||Terence Blanchard||Vote now|
|I LOST MY BODY||Dan Levy||Vote now|
|IT: CHAPTER TWO||Benjamin Wallfisch||Vote now|
|J'ACCUSE||Alexandre Desplat||Vote now|
|JOJO RABBIT||Michael Giacchino||Vote now|
|JOKER||Hildur Gudnadottir||Vote now|
|JUMANJI: THE NEXT LEVEL||Henry Jackman||Vote now|
|KLAUS||Alfonso G. Aguilar||Vote now|
|KNIVES OUT||Nathan Johnson||Vote now|
|KRUIMELTJE EN DE STRIJD OM DE GOUDMIJN||Joep Sporck||Vote now|
|LA DERNIERE VIE DE SIMON||Erwann Chandon||Vote now|
|LEV YASHIN||George Kallis||Vote now|
|LITTLE WOMEN||Alexandre Desplat||Vote now|
|MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL||Geoff Zanelli||Vote now|
|MARRIAGE STORY||Randy Newman||Vote now|
|MAT BIEC||Christopher Wong||Vote now|
|MIDSOMMAR||Bobby Krlic||Vote now|
|MIENTRAS DURE LA GUERRA||Alejandro Amenabar||Vote now|
|MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS||Greg J. Walker||Vote now|
|MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN||Daniel Pemberton||Vote now|
|ONWARD||Mychael & Jeff Danna||Vote now|
|PINOCCHIO||Dario Marianelli||Vote now|
|SONIC THE HEDGEHOG||Thomas Holkenborg (Junkie XL)||Vote now|
|STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER||John Williams||Vote now|
|TERMINATOR: DARK FATE||Thomas Holkenborg (Junkie XL)||Vote now|
|THE AERONAUTS||Steven Price||Vote now|
|THE CALL OF THE WILD||John Powell||Vote now|
|THE FAREWELL||Alex Weston||Vote now|
|THE GOOD LIAR||Carter Burwell||Vote now|
|THE GREAT ALASKAN RACE||John Koutselinis||Vote now|
|THE INVISIBLE MAN||Benjamin Wallfisch||Vote now|
|THE KING||Nicholas Britell||Vote now|
|THE LAST FULL MEASURE||Philip Klein||Vote now|
|THE LIGHTHOUSE||Mark Korven||Vote now|
|THE LION KING||Hans Zimmer||Vote now|
|THE LOST PRINCE||Howard Shore||Vote now|
|THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD||Christopher Willis||Vote now|
|THE SONG OF NAMES||Howard Shore||Vote now|
|THE WAY BACK||Rob Simonsen||Vote now|
|TORPEDO||Hannes De Maeyer||Vote now|
|TRAUMFABRIK||Philipp Noll||Vote now|
|UNCUT GEMS||Daniel Lopatin||Vote now|
|WENDY||Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin||Vote now|
Is your favourite score not on the shortlist?
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