From this year onwards, Film Fest Gent teams up with Spitfire Audio for the yearly WSAwards Composition Contest for Young International Film Music Composers. Spitfire Audio will provide the winner with their most ambitious sampling library product: Hans Zimmer Strings. By offering this top notch groundbreaking sampling string product, added to the € 2.500 offered by SABAM for Culture, Film Fest Gent & Spitfire Audio wish to boost the young composer’s career. You can still register for the WSAwards Composition Contest until 13 July 2018.
Every year, Film Fest Gent and the World Soundtrack Academy offer young talent the opportunity to win renown as a film music composer. Candidates can follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner, Gavin Brivik, and countless other composers who attended previous editions of the festival.
"Winning the contest opened a lot of doors for my film scoring career. I was able to spend a week in the beautiful city of Ghent networking with the industries leading professionals, which included composers, agents, orchestrators, conductors and musicians. I also had the amazing opportunity to have my piece conducted by Dirk Brosse and performed by Brussels Philharmonic. It was a game changer and I can't wait till I can visit Ghent again." - Gavin Brivik
The finalists (3) will be invited to a fantastic three-day visit in Ghent where they will have the chance to get in touch with international film music professionals. The compositions of the three finalists will be performed by Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé, during the 18th World Soundtrack Awards. The winner will receive the highly sought after SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer, which is worth €2.500, and Hans Zimmer Strings, a sampling package by Spitfire Audio.
Candidates must be under 36 years old and will be asked to compose music for a scene from the Japanese animated war drama 'Grave of the Fireflies' by the late director Isao Takahata.
Registrations will be accepted via this link until 13 July 2018. The composition must be submitted by 3 August 2018. The rules for the composition contest can be found here. Please read this carefully before submitting.