These are confusing and difficult times, for all of us. The safety of our audience, our guests and our crew is of the utmost importance. Due to the current circumstances, we will adapt our WSA industry programme.
Always wanted to read the thoughts of film composers? Now is your chance: listen to Soundtrack Maestro - our podcast made together with Radio 1 - in which Annelies Moons and FFG music director Dirk Brossé interview four world-renowned film composers, in honour of the twentieth anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards. Get to know the secrets of these musicians, discover the petites histoires behind their greatest works and follow their journey from blank page to iconic soundtrack.
Film Fest Ghent commemorates Frédéric Devreese, who died at 91, a festival friend and a fascinating composer who mastered both film and classical music.
Each year, Film Fest Ghent is devoutly committed to the art of film music by hosting the World Soundtrack Awards as well as coordinating the WSA Industry Days. A manifold of events introduces the film music industry and young aspiring film composers to the modi operandi of renowned film music talent. Guest speakers and attendants of this year's Industry Days include 2020 WSA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Gabriel Yared, Alexandre Desplat and Nainita Desai.
Film Fest Ghent honours film composers with album ‘World Soundtrack Awards: Tribute to the Film Composer’
To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards, Film Fest Ghent devotes its annual album to all thirteen winners of the coveted World Soundtrack Film Composer of the Year Award over the past two decades. The album will be released on 23 October 2020 and is called World Soundtrack Awards: Tribute to the Film Composer. Just as WSA’s previous albums, the music is performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé.
Ennio Morricone, the great composer of roughly 500 scores. “Fifteen films a year isn’t all that much.”
On Monday (6 July 2020), the World Soundtrack Academy and Film Fest Ghent were saddened by the news that Ennio Morricone had deceased at the age of 91 in his hometown of Rome. We would like to express our condolences and deepest sympathy to his family members. As a festival that focuses on film music, we feel highly privileged to have welcomed the world-renowned Italian composer as a guest of honour twice (in 1987 at the festival and in 2000 at a concert organized by Film Fest Ghent), where he performed his music live with the Belgian National Orchestra.
Film has made avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki world famous. Starting as two separate sources of inspiration, film and music became one and enriched each other. Precisely for this reason, Penderecki received a Lifetime Achievement Award of the World Soundtrack Academy, last year at Film Fest Ghent 2019.
Dirk Brossé celebrates multiples of 20: 60 years of age, a career spanning 40 years and 20 years of WSA in 2020
This year, multiples of twenty play a major role in the life of our music director Dirk Brossé: not only can he blow out 60 candles on 18 February, but it is also the 40th year of his thriving career. On top of that, he will celebrate the 20th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, which he will be conducting again in 2020.
She was nominated for the World Soundtrack Discovery of the Year Award and has now received the Oscar for best original score. In between, she also picked up a Bafta, a World Soundtrack Award, an Emmy and a Grammy. In recent months things have been moving fast for Icelandic composer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir. Proof once again that the World Soundtrack Academy has an eye and a good ear for new talent.
This year's edition of the Film Music Seminar will not only focus on film music but also on sound. World-renowned composer Carter Burwell and sound designer Skip Lievsay are the perfect team to talk about how music and sound can be combined. The duo works closely together with the Coen Brothers.
Sound supervisor Val Kuklowsky knows what he's talking about. His work includes over 100 titles such as 'Independence Day' and tv-success 'Game of Thrones'. Kuklowsky will explain the different workflows between the well-structured sound teams in Hollywood and the less hierarchally organised teams working for European productions.
Ever wondered who chooses the music for 'Peaky Blinders'? Or how video game composers make music for 'Assassin's Creed: Odyssey'? Don't hesitate to register for the WSAwards Industry Day and learn all about the international film music industry!
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!
We are now welcoming applications for the European Postgraduate in Arts in Sound (EPAS) for the 2018–2019 academic year!
Who will replace Jennifer Lawrence at the Queen Elisabeth Hall in Antwerp on Saturday November 11th?