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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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James Newton Howard & Pino Donaggio @ 12th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert

The 12th World Soundtrack Awards To Celebrate the Music of Award-Winning Composer James Newton Howard in Concert.

Composer Pino Donaggio To Receive World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.


The music of award-winning composer James Newton Howard will be celebrated in concert at the 12th World Soundtrack Awards, which will be held at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent on Saturday, October 20th. Howard is one of the most versatile and respected film music composers currently working in film. A program of his impressive music will be performed by the renowned Brussels Philharmonic and be accompanied by select film clips. The concert will be conducted by both Howard and Dirk Brossé.

In addition, composer Pino Donaggio will be receiving the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at the event. A selection of his work will also be performed at the concert.

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11th 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 € 2 500 and the live performance of the three finalists's compositions by the Brussels Philharmonic during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 20 October at the venue 't Kuipke in Ghent. This is the official closing ceremony of the 39th Ghent Film Festival (9 - 20 October 2012).

Candidates must be younger than 36 years old and must be European or have been born in Europe. Registrations will be accepted via this link until 29 June 2012.

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For The Record: Gabriel Yared

Every year, the Ghent Film Festival puts a recognised film music composer in the spotlight with its CD series For the record. Last year the Brussels Philharmonic - the Orchestra of Flanders, conducted by Dirk Brossé, recorded a new CD featuring music by the Lebanese composer Gabriel Yared (The English Patient).

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Alexander Desplat third time in a row Film Composer of the Year

The World Soundtrack Academy announced tonight the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2011, the closing event of the 38th Ghent International Film Festival. Alexandre Desplat was chosen as Film Composer of the Year 2011. Hans Zimmer went home with the award for Best Orginal Film Score of the Year for Inception. Randy Newman received the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for Film with We Belong Together from the film Toy Story 3. Alex Heffes received the Discovery of the Year Award for The First Grader & The Rite . The Public Choice Award went to A.R. Rahman for the film 127 hours. Giorgio Moroder received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

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20 Oct 2011: Walter Murch gives Film Sound Seminar in Ghent

The film music seminar, which is organised yearly by the Ghent Film Festival and University College Ghent, will be somewhat different this time round. The focus will not be on classic film music but rather on sound design. The reason behind this decision is that legendary film editor and sound designer Walter Murch will be in attendance. He has received three Oscars for his work: Best Sound for Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979), as well as Best Sound and Best Film Editing for Minghella's The English Patient (1996). The Film Sound Seminar with Walter Murch will be held on Thursday 20 October from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. at the Ghent Film Festival (Kinepolis 8).

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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 22 October at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent.

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World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award for disco pioneer Giorgio Moroder

The 11th World Soundtrack Awards, which will be held at the Kuipke Events Centre in Ghent on 22 October, welcome a new star in their line-up: none other than three-time Oscar winner and "father of disco" Giorgio Moroder (Midnight Express, Flashdance, Scarface). During the awards ceremony, he will be conferred a Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptional career in film music. A selection from his work will be performed live by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.

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World Soundtrack Academy Announces 2011 Nominees!

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of its nominees for the 2011 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 22, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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Vote now for your favourite soundtrack of the past year!

And attend the 11th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert as a VIP

Vote now for the 2011 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 11th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert on October 22nd at the Kuipke Event Centre in Ghent!

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Patrick Duynslaegher Artistic Director of Ghent Film Festival

As of 1 September 2011, Patrick Duynslaegher will be the Artistic Director of the Ghent Film Festival. Managing Director Jacques Dubrulle says he is delighted that Patrick has agreed to join the festival team. "This appointment is part of the Board of Directors' plan to further develop the important role the Ghent Film Festival plays in the film culture of Flanders and beyond. Patrick will be able to count on the support of several top team members, who have already won their spurs." Patrick Duynslaegher himself comments: "After many years in film journalism, I am thrilled that I can now put my passion for cinema to good use serving the most dynamic film festival in Belgium. I am joining an enthusiastic team to develop new initiatives and ideas in the fast-evolving image culture, surrounded by an explosion of new media where the world of films must constantly reassess itself."

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Elliot Goldenthal, Howard Shore & Hans Zimmer at 11th World Soundtrack Awards

Concert dedicated to the memory of Ronni Chasen

On Saturday, October 22nd at 8:00p.m., Oscar winners Elliot Goldenthal, Howard Shore, and Hans Zimmer will be the distinguished guests at the closing ceremony of the 38th Ghent Film Festival at the Kuipke in Ghent. Once again, the Kuipke Event Centre in Ghent will be transformed into a concert hall for an audience of more than 3000 for this 11th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards & Concert. Following the annual presentation of the prestigious film music awards, the Brussels Philharmonic - the Orchestra of Flanders - will perform a singular selection from the three great masters' extensive oeuvres conducted by Dirk Brossé. As always, the live music will be accompanied by striking film footage. The concert is being dedicated in memory of Ronni Chasen, longtime representative and friend of the film festival.

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Dirk Brossé performs twice in Hollywood Bowl sell-out

On 3 and 4 June, Dirk Brossé conducted two sell-out 'Star Wars in Concert' performances at the Hollywood Bowl. These film music concerts have been touring the world since April 2009 and combine the unforgettable music by composer John Williams with specially edited scenes from the six Star Wars films. The two concerts in Los Angeles, performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, attracted 50,000 spectators.

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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 winning composition by the Brussels Philharmonic - the Orchestra of Flanders during the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards on 22 October in the Kuipke in Ghent. This is the official closing ceremony of the 38th Ghent Film Festival (11-22 October 2011). Candidates must be under 36 and must be European or have been born in Europe. Registrations will be accepted via this link until 30 June 2011.

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Ghent Film Festival appoints Dirk Brossé as Music Director

The Board of Directors of the Ghent Film Festival has appointed Dirk Brossé as Music Director. This further strengthens the successful collaboration spanning several years between the Ghent Film Festival and Dirk Brossé. As Music Director of the Ghent Film Festival, Brossé will serve as adviser for the compilation and programming of classical film music concerts. He will also be closely involved in the realisation of the festival's other musical projects, such as CD and DVD recordings.

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Bond composer John Barry dies aged 77

Composer John Barry, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77. Barry received a lifetime achievement award at the Ghent Film Festival in October 2010. A concert with Barry's most famous music was held for an audience of more than 2500 people. Due to his medical condition, John Barry could not be present in Ghent to accept his award. He asked colleague David Arnold to accept the Award in his place. John Barry deeply regretted his absence from the concert and expressed his disappointment in a warm-hearted video addressed to the Ghent Film Festival and especially to Jacques Dubrulle and Marian Ponnet.

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'Once' is heading to Broadway

If you caught John Carney's indie romance 'Once' and thought it would make a great Broadway production, you aren't alone. Producers John N. Hart Jr., Jeff Sine and Fred Zollo snagged the live theater rights to the film back in 2008 with initial plans to have it on the stage for the 2010-2011 theater season. At the 2007 Ghent Film Festival 'ONCE' won the Young Jury's Xplore Award.

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Golden Globes 2011

THE SOCIAL NETWORK emerged as the big winner at the 68th Golden Globes as it converted six nominations into four wins for dramatic picture, director, screenwriter and score. The Golden Globe Awards are an accolade presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to recognize excellence in film, television both domestic and foreign.

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Alexandre Desplat wins Award for Film Composer and Best Film Score of the Year

The World Soundtrack Academy announced tonight the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2010, the closing event of the 37th Ghent International Film Festival. Alexandre Desplat was chosen as Film Composer of the Year 2010 and took home the award for Best Orginal Film Score of the Year (Fantastic Mr. Fox) for the second year in a row. Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett received the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Song Written for Film ('THE WEARY KIND' from "Crazy Heart") and Abel Korzeniowski is the Discovery of the Year Award and Public Choice for A Single Man. John Barry received the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Film music seminar with Stephen Warbeck at the 37th Ghent Film Festival

On October 20th, the Ghent Film Festival and Hogeschool Ghent are organising a film music seminar with composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love, Billy Elliott) at which he will present his working method, illustrating it with music and film clips. The seminar will take place at the Zwarte Zaal of KASK (Bijloke site) from 10 am to 4 pm. The main question is How does film music contribute to the narrative structure of a film?

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World Soundtrack Academy announces Discovery Of The Year 2010

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 and last year's Nico Muhly were discovered by the board.

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Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band - 20/10 @ Vooruit

You probably think you know Tim Robbins. For the past 25 years, the 6' 5" actor has been part of the fabric of popular culture as An Oscar winning movie star (Bull Durham, The Player, Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River), writer & director (Dead Man Walking, Cradle Will Rock, Bob Roberts), philanthropist and political activist (Robbins was amongst America's most vocal opponents of the Iraq war). But there is a side to Robbins rarely seen until now. With the release of his strange and rather wonderful debut album, ' Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band', he reveals himself to be a gifted singer-songwriter in the American narrative tradition. Produced by maverick genius Hal Willner, Robbins' belated musical debut somehow brings all the strands of his creative life together. Because whether it is through the mediums of acting, writing, directing or singing a song, Tim Robbins has always been, at heart, a story teller.

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World Soundtrack Awards Announces 2010 Nominees

The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the list of its nominees for the 2010 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 10th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 23, the closing night of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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