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The World Soundtrack Awards are the most important film music prizes in the world. The awards ceremony takes place during the annual WSA Gala & Concert at Film Fest Gent. 

Film Fest Gent is an important player in the international film world. The festival has gained this position in part because of its focus on film music. The individual behind the film soundrack often stays in the shadows. To put a spotlight on music in films and the film composer's role, the World Soundtrack Awards and the World Soundtrack Academy were founded in 2001. The Academy organises and oversees the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion - the latter through the presentation of awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives. 

The Academy actively contributes to film music education through organising seminars, workshops and master classes, as well as through developing an archive and publications.

The Awards are organised with the purpose of recognising the achievements of film composers. The awards ceremony and concert are the absolute highlight of the music programme during the festival. Special guests are acknowledged for their lifelong contributions to the film music industry and youngsters can win prizes that bring their career to the next level. 

An overview of the World Soundtrack Awards

  • SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer
  • Best Original Score for a Belgian Production
  • Discovery of the Year
  • Television Composer of the Year
  • Film Composer of the Year
  • Public Choice Award
  • Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The winners of the World Soundtrack Awards are announced during a festive evening that also includes live film music in concert, played by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. The soundtracks are accompanied by film fragments on three big screens. As the cherry on the cake, the guests of honour often play parts of their composition together with the orchestra or conduct one of their pieces themselves. 


This year, our central guests were Marco Beltrami and Tamar-kali (Discovery of the Year 2018). The Belgian composer Frédéric Devreese and the Polish avant-garde composer Krzysztof Penderecki have been honoured with a World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.




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