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Nominees for World Soundtrack Awards

Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and Pharrell Williams are the most familiar names among the first nominees that were released by the World Soundtrack Academy. Besides Film Composer of the Year, the World Soundtrack Academy also published the nominees in the categories for Best Original Film Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The WSAwards, one of the most prestigious events in the world of film music, is the closing event of Film Fest Gent and will take place on 25 October at Kuipke in Ghent, Belgium.

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Lord of the Rings in Concert

Rediscover Howard Shore's beautiful score to 'The Fellowship of the Ring' during the live concert of this spectacular film trilogy on the 27th of December in Sportpaleis Antwerpen.

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UFA Film Nights Concours at Bozar

During its second edition, UFA Film Nights introduces you to the golden age of silent film. Bozar is giving away 5 x 2 tickets for the film screenings of 'The Sixth part of the world' and 'The Eleventh Year' by Dziga Vertov, accompanied live by the Michael Nyman Band.

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Nominees for World Soundtrack Awards

Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and Pharrell Williams are the most familiar names among the first nominees that were released by the World Soundtrack Academy. Besides Film Composer of the Year, the World Soundtrack Academy also published the nominees in the categories for Best Original Film Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The WSAwards, one of the most prestigious events in the world of film music, is the closing event of Film Fest Gent and will take place on 25 October at Kuipke in Ghent, Belgium.

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Gent Jazz Festival

Gent Jazz Festival is the place to be in July for all music lovers. Starting from next Thursday, the festival will present not only great musicians such as Charles Bradley, Brad Mehldau and Joshua Redman, but a lot of (film music) composers will also hit their stage. The Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, up and coming talent Ólafur Arnalds and Ibrahim Maalouf will be performing at the festival. For more info and tickets go to www.gentjazz.com.

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Chaplin's the Tramp centennial

Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October) is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s 'The Tramp' with exceptional screenings of two of the greatest classics of Charles Spencer Chaplin: 'The Circus' and 'The Gold Rush'.

On 26 October, the festival will feature an additional film music event toward its ending with a family concert of the silent film classic 'The Circus' (1928). The film will be screened with music composed by Chaplin, performed by a live orchestra led by Music Director Dirk Brosse at ‘t Kuipke.

Dirk Brosse: "Leading a silent film is always very exciting. Sometimes I feel like a tightrope walker who suddenly looks down, in this case almost literally. The music that Chaplin composed is compelling and efficacious. It waltzes from comedy to drama and banters from laughter to tears. And as is often the case: melancholy is never far away."

Chaplin’s 'The Circus' presented by Proximus and supported by Ghent University will take place on Sunday, 26 October at ’t Kuipke at 15:00
Tickets are €15 (standard) and €12 (children under 12) and are available through this link.

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Film Fest Gent launches cooperation with Spotify

The digital music streaming service Spotify and Film Gent have signed an exclusive partnership. The Spotify Public Choice Award for best score will be awarded by the public during the 14th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards. Spotify will also present the new music section of the film festival: Sound and Vision.

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Approaching deadline Discovery of the Year

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 and last year’s Dan Romer were discovered by the WSA Advisory Board.

The Discovery of the Year Award is aimed at encouraging emerging talent, who at the current WSA eligibility deadline (June 30, 2014), have scored not more than six feature films in total (excluded are shorts, TV-formats & documentaries), which have had a commercial theatrical release. To qualify as an eligible score, the motion picture for which the score was composed/produced has to receive its world première screening between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.

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13th Composition Contest for Young European Film Music Composers

Young European film music talent will have another chance to win the highly sought after SABAM Award For Best Young European Composer. This award was created by the World Soundtrack Academy and is worth € 2500 and the live performance of the three finalists’ compositions by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 25 October at the venue ‘t Kuipke in Ghent. This is the official closing ceremony of the 41st Film Fest Gent (14 - 25 October 2014). Candidates must be younger than 36 years old and must be European or have been born in Europe. Registrations will be accepted until 11 July 2014.

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Concert Nino/Rota

In conjunction with a major exhibition at the Caermersklooster Provincial Cultural Centre, the 41st edition of Film Fest Gent (14 to 25 October 2014) is shining the spotlight on the world of Federico Fellini with various events. On Thursday 23 October, De Bijloke Music Centre is hosting the concert Rota/Fellini with symphonic music from the director of 'La Dolce Vita' and 'La Strada', performed by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé.

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CD Scoring for Scorsese

The Oscar-winning Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé recently recorded the immortal music featured in the 'Scoring for Scorsese: music by Bernard Herrmann, Howard Shore, Elmer Bernstein, Philip Glass and others' concert. The CD will be released by Film Fest Gent. The CD is for sale and costs €12.

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Alberto Iglesias is 'Film Composer of the Year' at 12th World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Academy announced tonight the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2012, the closing event of the 39th Ghent Film Festival. Alberto Iglesias was chosen as Film Composer of the Year 2012, for his soundtracks for 'Le Moine' ('The Monk'), 'La Piel Que Habito' (The Skin I Live In) and 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'. He also went home with the award for Best Original Film Score of the Year for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'. Brian Byrne received the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for Film for 'Lay Your Head Down' from the film 'Albert Nobbs'. Byrne also won the Discovery of the Year Award. The Public Choice Award went to Abel Korzeniowski for the film 'W.E.'. Pino Donaggio received a World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by Mike Stoller.

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Rita Coolidge to perform her hit All Time High on '007 in concert'

International star and Grammy Award winner Rita Coolidge will be the special guest of '007 in concert', during which she will perform her hit song 'All Time High' from the classic Bond film Octopussy. Coolidge completes the line-up of '007 in concert'. For this event, popular Flemish pop and rock artists such as The Van Jets, Natalia, Koen Wauters & Eva Jacobs, Jasper Steverlinck, Lady Linn, Sioen, Pieter Embrechts, Noémie Wolfs (Hooverphonic), Barbara Dex, Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), Paul Michiels, Renée, Lola (AKS), August Albert (Kristof of Customs), Glenn Claes and Styrofoam feat. Leki will share their personal interpretation of their favourite James Bond title song.

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WSA Discovery of the Year nominees announced

The five nominees for the Discovery of the Year Award, via which the World Soundtrack Academy rewards up-and-coming talent from the previous year, have been announced. The award will be granted during the World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on 20 October at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent.

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World Soundtrack Awards Announces 2012 Nominees

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of its nominees for the 2012 Awards to be presented in three categories: 'Film Composer of the Year', 'Best Original Score of the Year' and 'Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film'. The names of the winners will be announced at the World Soundtrack Awards & concert on Saturday, October 20, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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Legendary composer and conductor Marvin Hamlish dies at 68

Composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch, best known for the torch song 'The Way We Were', died Monday. He collapsed after a brief illness, his family announced. He was 68 years old. In 2009 he was honored at the Ghent Film Festival with a World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Vote now for your favourite soundtrack of the past year!

Vote now for the 2012 World Soundtrack Public Choice Award! Take a look at the list of finalists compiled by the World Soundtrack Academy and pick your personal favourite of the past year. You can win a night at the Ghent Marriott Hotel and two VIP tickets to the 12th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on October 20th at the Kuipke Event Centre in Ghent!

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