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21 October 2023, 23rd edition WSA

Dear [fullname,fallback=],

We look back to a successful edition of the 2022 WSA Film Music Days with spectacular performances, insightful talks and beautiful award winners. We want to thank you and all WSAcademy members for your submissions, votes and participation to the WSAward Ceremony. The music, the voices and the vibrant atmosphere still echo all over Ghent.

With this WSAcademy newsletter we like to take you back to last October, with videos of the acceptance speeches, recordings of the performances, talks and masterclasses.

We are already in full preparation for the 2023 edition! Of course, we are hoping you are able to renew your membership (see below). Don't forget to already mark your calendars for the WSA on Saturday 21 October 2023 in Ghent.

Experience the WSA Film Music Days 2022 banner nieuwsbrief
WSA Winners - Acceptance speeches

The World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert 2022 was a truly fantastic night. Film music talent from all over the world gathered in Ghent to celebrate the art of scoring for film and tv. Below you can find what the winners had to say after winning their award.

Complete list of winners

Acceptance speech Bruno Coulais WSA2022
Bruno Coulais

Lifetime Achievement Award

Visibly overwhelmed and emotional, French composer Bruno Coulais (Himalaya, Coraline) accepted the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award after an eloquent ode to the composer's work by colleague and friend Gabriel Yared.


Acceptance speech Billie Eilish WSA2022
Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell

Best Original Song

Superstars Billie Eilish & Finneas O'Connell couldn't make it to Ghent, but they did thank the WSA via video. The duo won the award for Best Original Song for their hit song "No Time to Die" for the latest James Bond entry.


WSA 2022 Public Choice Award Grant Kirkhope Joseph Metcalfe John Coda
Joseph Metcalfe, John Coda & Grant Kirkhope

Public Choice Award

"There is not just excellence, there is genius." Joseph Metcalfe gave an endearing and inspiring speech after winning the Public Choice Award together with John Coda & Grant Kirkhope for The King's Daughter.


Eiko Ishibashi nieuwsbrief 2022
Eiko Ishibashi

Discovery of the Year

Japanese singer-songwriter-composer Eiko Ishibashi won the Discovery of the Year Award for her mesmerising, jazzy score for the Oscar-winning film Drive My Car. Her music will be performed at the WSA2023!


All acceptance speeches
World Soundtrack Awards & Korean Composers concert
Mark Isham Dirk Brossé WSA
WSA2022: Mark Isham & Brussels Philharmonic - Suite from The Black Dahlia

Composer and jazz artist Mark Isham hasn't lost any of his genius on the trumpet. He himself took to the stage to perform a suite from Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia (2006).


Lee Byeong woo Korean Composers concert
Korean Composers concert: Lee Byeong-woo & Brussels Philharmonic - A Tale of Two Sisters

One of Korea's best guitarists, Lee Byeong-woo joined the Brussels Philharmonic for a performance of "Lullaby" from A Tale of Two Sisters (2003).


More performances
WSA Nominees Round Table Film and TV Composer of the Year 2022 nieuwsbrief
WSA Nominee Round Tables

In collaboration with Screen International, the WSA nominees sat down to have a conversation about their nominated scores. They talked openly about their process, their admiration for each other's work and the recognition by the WSAcademy and the fans.

WSA Nominees Round Table: Film / TV Composer of the Year
with Daniel Hart, Daniel Pemberton, Natalie Holt and Hesham Nazih

WSA Nominees Round Table: Discovery of the Year
with Karl Frid, Eiko Ishibashi, Maurizio Malagnini and Isobel Waller-Bridge

WSA Nominees Round Table: Public Choice Award
with Nainita Desai, Michelino Bisceglia, Joseph Metcalfe, John Coda, Grant Kirkhope and Frank Ilfman

More WSA Talks
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Creative Partnership: David Lowery & Daniel Hart

Creative partnerships are every bit as romantic as marriages. Director David Lowery and composer Daniel Hart talked about their collaboration since Lowery's debut feature St. Nick in 2009 and which gave us unique films like A Ghost Story (2017) and The Green Knight (2021).


Music in Nature Documentaries nieuwsbrief
Music in Nature Documentaries

How does a composer (under)score nature? Composers Bruno Coulais (Himalaya), Dirk Brossé (Our Nature, The Movie) and Nainita Desai (14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible) discussed their experiences scoring for nature documentaries.


All WSA Talks
Membership renewal 2023

You can now renew your WSAcademy membership for 2023 by logging in to your MyFFG account and filling in this form and paying your 2023 membership fee.

If you have any questions about your membership, please don't hesitate to contact our music project coordinator Sophie Joos via sophie@filmfestival.be.

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