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20 - 22 October 2022, WSA Film Music Days

Dear [fullname,fallback=],

We are very much looking forward to welcoming those of you who are able to make it to Ghent this week for the WSA Film Music Days! Three days of talks, music and meeting like-minded people culminate in a night devoted to a shared love for film music: the 22nd edition of the World Soundtrack Awards.

→ You can discover the full programme on our website here. Below, you can already find some highlights.

For those of you who won't be able to join us: we will record most of the talks, and you will be able to see some clips of the concerts in a couple of weeks. Or maybe this video message from composer Daniel Hart and editor Nico Leunen will convince you to join. Daniel Hart and Nico Leunen are both members of this year's international jury at Film Fest Gent and both speakers at the WSA Film Music Days.

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World Soundtrack Awards 2022

After collecting all of your votes, we can finally present the 2022 WSAwards this Saturday. The concert has been fully sold out and we are looking forward to welcoming all nominees and special guests. Tommy Pearson will again be hosting this year. The awards presented this Saturday are:

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

→ You can find the winners of previous years here.

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WSA Nominees Round Tables

Sat 22.10 - 14:15-17:00 - YALO Hotel

The WSA brings together its nominees to explore their similarities in experiences, differences, and how they came to be a nominee. These round tables are split up into three sessions and are all recorded to later be shared online.

  • 14:15 - 15:00 The World Soundtrack Award nominees for Film Composer of the Year and TV Composer of the Year
  • 15:15 - 16:00 The World Soundtrack Award nominees for Discovery of the Year
  • 16:15 - 17:00 The World Soundtrack Award nominees for the Public Choice Award
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Buyouts and other unfair contractual practices: what prospects for the Belgian composer?

Thu 20.10 - 10:30-12:00 - Kinepolis

Buyouts are becoming more and more prevalent for screen composers all over the world. The panellists will discuss buyouts, their threat to composers and their presence in Europe. Anselm Kreuzer will moderate this talk organised with the European Composer Songwriter Alliance.

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Film Composer & Film Producer: Balancing a Budget

Thu 20.10 - 14:00-15:15 - Kinepolis.

This panel talk aims to bring the professions of film producer and film composer closer together. Producers Peter Bouckaert (Eyeworks) and Annemie Degryse (Lunanime) discuss how they budget a film score, while composers Michelino Bisceglia and Liesa Van der Aa shed light on how said budget is spent.

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Mark Isham: Music for Film

Film Fest Gent is proud to present the new album Mark Isham: Music for Film. Guest of honour at the 2022 World Soundtrack Awards, Mark Isham has been one of the most versatile film composers of the past four decades. Equally known for his electronic music, his jazz work and trumpet performances, he has created numerous memorable scores for a wide variety of films and television series, forging entrancing and movingly honest melodies that have enhanced the stories they accompany time and time again.

→ Find out more and/or preorder the album here.

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