15 17 Oct '24
WSA Dirk Brossé


Winners WSA 2023© Jeroen Willems

World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert

Since establishing the World Soundtrack Academy, Film Fest Gent has presented the prestigious annual World Soundtrack Awards for film music. The winners are announced during the World Soundtrack Awards Gala and Concert. At the concert, Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé, performs a selection of music by the guests of honour and the recipient(s) of the Lifetime Achievement Award and the reigning Discovery of the Year winner.

Previous concert editions

  • 2023
    • Lifetime Achievement Award: Nicola Piovani & Laurence Rosenthal
    • Discovery of the Year 2022: Eiko Ishibashi
  • 2022
    • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruno Coulais
    • Guest of Honour: Mark Isham
    • Discovery of the Year 2021: Nainita Desai
  • 2021
    • World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award: Eleni Karaindrou
    • Guest of Honour: Max Richter
    • Discovery of the Year 2021: Bryce Dessner (absent)
Hollywood Nightmares, thematic concert FFG 2019© Johan Cre

Film Music Concert

Live music is a crucial part of Film Fest Gent's identity. That is why the festival organises concerts in which film music is allowed to be the protagonist. There's an annual thematic concert revolving around the work of one composer, country or subject.

Previous editions

  • 2023 - PRESS PLAY: Music in Games

    A concert dedicated to game music, with work from Michael Giacchino (Medal of Honor), Andrew Hale (L.A. Noire), Lena Raine (Celeste), Bear McCreary (God of War Ragnarök), Gordy Haab & Stephen Barton (Star Wars Jedi: Survivor), Borislav Slavov (Baldur's Gate 3), Koji Kondo (The Legend Of Zelda), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy VII), Jessica Curry (Everybody's Gone to the Rapture), Peter McConnell (Hearthstone), Gustavo Santaolalla (The Last Of Us), Austin Wintory (Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Journey, Abzû) and Stephanie Economou (Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn Of Ragnarök)

  • 2022 - Korean Composers

    Korean Composers with live music from Cho Young-wuk (The Handmaiden, Oldboy, A Taxi Driver and Decision to Leave) and Jung Jae-il (Okja, Parasite Squid Game).

  • 2021 - Great Greek Composers

    Great Greek Composers with live music from Eleni Karaindrou, Mikis Theodorakis, Evanthia Reboutsika et al.

VIDEODROOM, Koyaanisqatsi, FFG 2020


VIDEODROOM is the annual musical date between Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER and Film Fest Gent. It is a surprising cross-pollination between film and music that gives film classics a make-over. Featuring live music and performances, this bold initiative presents the film canon in a new, experimental light, offering a fresh perspective on the classics and in the process creating an unforgettable experience.

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