WSA Industry Days
During the WSA Industry Days, students, young professionals and established names in the industry have the opportunity to debate, network, discover and be discovered. Through a mixture of seminars, composer talks, panel discussions and masterclasses, they get a glimpse behind the scenes while scrutinizing the current state of affairs in the film music industry.
WSA INDUSTRY DAYS I - Wednesday 20 October 2021 (Music in Games)
10:00 - Launch: Belgian Soundtracks on vinyl (in Dutch)
In 2021 two brand-new record labels for homegrown film music entered the stage: Pool Needle and Sonhouse Records. Both labels will be launched during Film Fest Gent! At 10:00 there will be a panel talk and Q&A moment with the label owners, the composers of Bullhead, Cargo and Callboys, the director of Cargo and the creators of Albatros. DJ/producer Cellini will reveal a top-secret project. And new releases will be announced! At 15:00 you can get your vinyl signed at Music Mania (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 19) and the official launch party will happen at Café VenTura (Vrijdagmarkt 35) at 21:00.
13:00 - Masterclass: Music and Sound Design in Games
By Alex Otterlei
Alex Otterlei pioneered the art of writing soundtracks for role-playing games, to international acclaim. As a composer and sound designer he worked on games such as Xyanide and the Divinity series from Larian Studios in Ghent. He is currently teaching Sound Design, Foley and Voice Directing for Games, as part of the Audio Major which he helped create at Digital Arts and Entertainment in Kortrijk. In this masterclass, he will delve deeper into the importance of composing music for games, the task of a sound designer in a game studio and what the requirements are to work as a sound designer in the games industry.
14:00 - Panel Talk: Rights & Royalties in Game Music
Guests: Alex Wintory, more TBC
The arrangement about remuneration and author's rights between game developers and composers is often a point of contention. In this panel talk our guests will examine some current practices and search for a way to strengthen the ties between composes and developers.
Moderated by Youri Loedts (VAF).
15:30 - Composer's Talk: Austin Wintory
Austin Wintory’s career has straddled the worlds of concert music, film, and video games. In 2012, his soundtrack for the hit PlayStation3 game Journey became the first-ever Grammy-nominated videogame score, also winning many other awards. Excerpts from the score have been performed all over the world, including by such ensembles as the National Symphony, San Francisco Symphony and Pacific Symphony. His film work includes the Sundance-winning film Captain Abu Raed, along with over 40 other indie features. In this Composer's Talk, Austin Wintory will go through his career as both game and film composer, and will zoom in on his latest video game The Pathless.
WSA INDUSTRY DAYS II - Thursday 21 October 2021
10:00 - Film Music Seminar: Natalie Holt
Multi-award winning composer Natalie Holt is known equally for large orchestral arrangements and intimate, textural and at times experimental electro-acoustic compositions. Enriched by her experience as a classically trained violinist, Holt’s work exists in the liminal space between orchestral, electronic and contemporary. Some of Holt’s most recent significant works include Loki and Deadwater Fell (starring David Tennant). Her music can be heard on Wallander (starring Kenneth Branagh), the series Knightfall (starring Mark Hamill), and many more. She has also contributed additional music to Paul King’s Paddington. Holt’s distinction in her field was recognised by being made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2017. Moderated by Ruben De Gheselle.
13:30 - Masterclass: Entering the Film Music Marketplace
By Lesley Jackson
Lesley Jackson established UK Film Music in 2019 following many years representing & managing prominent and award-winning composers from the UK and mainland Europe. Earlier this year Lesley was one of the judges of the prestigious Berlin International Film Scoring Competition (BIFSC) and in August will be a key contributor to 'FUSION', Thessaloniki Film Scoring workshops. In this masterclass she will share some tips and tricks on how to enter the film music market as a beginning film composer.
14:30 - Panel Talk: InMICS Composers Lab
At Film Fest Ghent, the InMICS students and teachers gather with professionals, press and film music fans. The students talk freely about their experiences during the Composers Lab, their work and their future in the industry. Through the InMICS Composers Lab these young composers challenge themselves to find their own voices and to reflect on the ever-evolving industry. For them, it’s an opportunity to network and to share their ideas on music for audio-visual productions.
15:30 - Masterclass: How a Business Frustrates Its Creatives
By Stephan Eicke
As editor-in-chief of film music magazine Cinema Musica and producer for the record label Caldera Records Stephan Eicke has noticed how composers working in media have started to voice their concerns about their working conditions. Via exclusive interview excerpts with composers such as Mychael Danna and Marco Beltrami, he will discuss in his masterclass the increased pressure on creatives, decreasing payments, the stress that comes with digital editing, and the necessity to work with ghost writers in order to get a job done in time.
16:30 - Composer Talk: Daniel Pemberton
Award-winning composer Daniel Pemberton is one of the most standout voices working in modern film scoring today. His recent work has included Enola Holmes, Birds of Prey, Motherless Brooklyn - for which his incredible jazz score was nominated for a Golden Globe -, Yesterday, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and Ocean’s Eight. This year he has been nominated for no less than two World Soundtrack Awards: Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Song for the Oscar-nominated score for “Hear My Voice” (from The Trial of the Chicago 7). He was previously honoured as Discovery of The Year at the World Soundtrack Awards in 2014 and nominated as Film Composer Of The Year in 2016 and 2019.
WSA INDUSTRY DAYS III - Friday 22 October 2021
13:15 - Panel Talk: 'Clara Sola'
Composer Ruben De Gheselle and director Nathalie Álvarez Mesén talk about their new film, Clara Sola, which will be screened at Film Fest Ghent.
14:00 - Composer's Talk: Nainita Desai
Nainita Desai impressed the world with her original music for the documentaries For Sama and Sundance favourite The Reason I Jump. As a sound designer she cooperated with Bernardo Bertolucci, Werner Herzog, Anthony Hopkins and Angelina Jolie. During the talk she will delve into her immersive, yet sometimes minimalist approach to scoring documentaries, her eclectic background as a sound designer, orchestra maestra and how world music, found sound, electronics and the human voice fuel her emotive scores.
15:30 - Composer's Talk: Max Richter
Max Richter stands as one of the most monumental figures on the contemporary music scene, with ground-breaking work as a composer, pianist, producer, and collaborator. Richter rose to prominence as a composer for film and TV in 2008 with his original score for Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman. Since then, he has written scores for over thirty features, including James Gray's sci-fi opus Ad Astra and the Oscar-nominated Werk ohne Autor by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. TV aficionados will have heard his music in the cult hit series The Leftovers, but also in Nosedive, the Black Mirror episode starring Bryce Dallas Howard, and BBC series Taboo for which Richter received an Emmy nomination.
WSA INDUSTRY DAYS IV - Saturday 23 October 2021
12:30 - Meet & Greet
Guests: WSA music guests and nominees
Meet the music guests at the festival during this exclusive Meet & Greet.
13:30 - Q&A
Guests: Dirk Brossé, Eleni Karaindrou, Evanthia Reboutsika
Each year, the central guests gather for a Q&A. Press and film (music) aficionados have the chance to ask questions to FFG music director Dirk Brossé and the composers whose music will be performed at the two symphonic concerts.
14:30 - Panel Talks: Standing out as an artist in the contemporary film music industry
With WSA Nominees Carlos Rafael Rivera (The Queen's Gambit), Emile Mosseri (Minari), Benji Merrison (SAS: Red Notice), Florencia Di Concilio (Calamity, une enfance de Martha Jane Cannary) and Gavin Brivik (Wild Indian).
In 2021 the WSA Industry Days will again be presented as live events and will happen on Wednesday 20 October till Saturday 23 October. The programme will be announced early September. Save the date!
We also want to offer film music industry professionals the opportunity to participate in the music programme as a VIP. Enjoy our concerts, meet other film music professionals at our netwerking events and attend fascinating composer talks in style! Discover our WSA Industry Packages.
Film Music Seminar
The Film Music Seminar is the ideal opportunity to gain insight into the methodology and artistry of a seasoned professional. The seminar is a collaboration between Film Fest Ghent and KASK and is aimed at (film)music or sound design students to better understand the creative bond between filmmaker, composer and/or sound designer.
Panel Talks & Masterclasses
Our annual WSA industry programme consists of several panels and masterclasses, bringing together the film music community for interesting conversations and to discuss hot topics related to composing for screen.
Meet & Greet
Each year Film Fest Gent organises a short press conference and a Meet and Greet with the invited guests of honour and nominated WSA composers. This is your chance to meet your favourite film composers!