The World Soundtrack Academy, the premier organization preserving and celebrating the art of film music, has announced rule changes for World Soundtrack Awards eligibility. Most importantly, scores for feature-length documentary films will from now on be eligible for the WSAwards for Film Composer of the Year, Discovery of the Year and the Public Choice Award.
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We have produced an eleven-minute documentary, directed by Mathijs Poppe, about twenty years of the World Soundtrack Awards. The documentary combines both archival material and new interviews with among others Angelo Badalamenti, Dirk Brossé, Jacques Dubrulle, Ennio Morricone and Maggie Rodford. Check it out below!
To discuss the issue of diversity in composing for screen, the WSA has recorded an online panel talk on the topic. Michael Abels (2019 Discovery of the Year), Lolita Ritmans (2020 WSA nominee for Public Choice) and WSAcademy members Diego Baldenweg with Nora Baldenweg & Lionel Baldenweg and Nainita Desai get into an nuanced conversation, moderated by Milena Fessmann.
Exclusively for the WSA, composer Alexandre Desplat sat down with Matt Mueller of Screen International to talk about his many creative collaborations. "Like an actor, I have different characters to play, but I try to stay myself", explained the Oscar-winning film composer. Get to know the ins & outs of Desplat's process and learn from the very best.
How else could we celebrate twenty years of WSA than talking with five-time Film Composer of the Year winner Alexandre Desplat about his work and inspirations. "I jump from film to film. But the story, the characters and their emotions, the images, that's where I really start, that's what makes me move on", says the world-renowned composer. Find out more about Desplat's methods in this twenty-minute talk.
For the special occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards, FFG music director Dirk Brossé spoke with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Gabriel Yared about how he approaches composing for screen, his writing process and where he gets his inspiration from.
Hildur Guðnadóttir and Nicholas Britell, respectively Film Composer and TV Composer of the Year, win again at the World Soundtrack Awards. The Belgian composer Hannes De Maeyer is also victorious for his original music in Torpedo. The other winners are Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo, Bryce Dessner, Alfonso G. Aguilar and Ana Kasrashvili. Gabriel Yared receives the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Film Fest Ghent reveals the nominees for the 20th anniversary edition of the World Soundtrack Awards
The World Soundtrack Academy proudly presents this year's nominees for the renowned WSAwards. The wide range of selected composers includes our guest of honour Alexandre Desplat, Thomas Newman, Benjamin Wallfisch and John Williams. Moreover, last year's Television Composer of the Year, Hildur Guðnadóttir, is now nominated for the Film Composer of the Year Award whereas last year's Film Composer of the Year, Nicholas Britell is now nominated for the WSAward for TV Composer of the Year. As this demonstrates the blurring boundaries between film, television and other audiovisual media, the World Soundtrack Awards will more than ever celebrate the art of composition for screen.
The 20th anniversary edition of the World Soundtrack Awards will be celebrated in a special way. Adapted to current circumstances, this year's WSA will be an online edition, livestreamed from Kinepolis Ghent, where the ceremony itself will take place. This will give the festival's international audience the chance to enjoy the award ceremony and concert from everywhere around the world in a safe and corona-proof manner. The World Soundtrack Awards will be the closing event of Film Fest Ghent.
Last call for registrations and submissions for the 19th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards Film Music Composition Contest! The deadline for application is 31 May 2020. This is your chance to win the Sabam Award for the Best Original Composition by a Young Composer. This year participants are invited to write an original composition for a selected excerpt from J'ai perdu mon corps (I Lost My Body), Jérémy Clapin's 2019 film (which was part of the Official Competition at Film Fest Ghent 2019). The winner will receive the Sabam Award for the Best Original Composition by a Young Composer.
For the 19th year in a row, the World Soundtrack Awards were announced during Film Fest Gent. The World Soundtrack Awards, one of the most important film music awards, place an emphasis on the oeuvres of special contributors to the world of film music. This year's winners are Nicholas Britell, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Lady Gaga, Frédéric Vercheval, Michael Abels, John Powell and Pierre Charles. Frédéric Devreese and Krzysztof Penderecki were both honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
After having released the names of the nominees for Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film, Best Film Composer of the Year and Best Television Composer of the Year, 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 Composition by a Young International Composer and the Public Choice Award. For the 19th edition, The World Soundtrack Academy welcomes a remarkably diverse group of nominees, in background as well as training and medium.
The World Soundtrack Awards will welcome composer Krzysztof Penderecki, our generation's most outstanding musician, known for creating inventive and unconventional music, he has worked with world-famous directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and William Friedkin, many of whom still rely on his work.
Since the early beginnings, the focus on music and the celebration of film composers have been the main features that make Film Fest Gent truly stand out in the international festival calendar. This year being no exception, Film Fest Gent Music again offers a wide range of musical projects for you to enjoy.
In line with tradition, a selection of the World Soundtrack Award's main guest's music will be recorded for the annual 'Music for Film' album. Some of Marco Beltrami's best scores will be recorded on August 19th to 21st, in Flagey's legendary Studio 4, recorded by MotorMusic with Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.
Film Fest Gent is happy to present you the 2019 VIP Music Industry Packages.
The festival will again be dedicated to film music and its composers with an elaborative film music programme and many networking opportunities.
This first wave of the 2019 World Soundtrack Award Nominees includes multiple Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominees, the best of contemporary film and television music as well as hiphop's biggest rock star Post Malone and other pop artists.
Impressed by the score of 'Dumbo'? Overwhelmed by the music of 'Vice'? Help your favourite film score receive the World Soundtrack Public Choice Award! Film score fans worldwide can now 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 2019!
Held on October 18th, the World Soundtrack Awards will welcome Marco Beltrami, two-time Oscar nominated composer and one of the most brilliant film composers of his generation, known for his unique collaborations with some of the world’s most respected and iconic filmmakers such as Kathryn Bigelow, James Mangold, Guillermo Del Toro, Wes Craven, Bertrand Tavernier, Tommy Lee Jones and Jean-François Richet.
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 19th World Soundtrack Awards on 18 October 2019.
During the 18th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards, we had the honour to welcome internationally acclaimed composers Carter Burwell, Nicholas Britell and Philippe Sarde. Enjoy some of the most marvelous performances by Brussels Philharmonic under the baton of maestro Dirk Brossé!