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UNICEF ambassador Danny Glover at 34th Film Festival Ghent

Actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Beloved, Manderlay) will attend the upcoming Film Festival Ghent (9-20 October) as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Film Festival Ghent is one of the 'Events for UNICEF', which support the children's fund structurally. Glover, who is going to introduce the film Bamako, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his entire career.

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Triple movie kick off for 34th Ghent International Film Festival

The 34th edition of the Ghent International Film Festival kicks off on Tuesday October 9 featuring not one but 3 movies. Closing the Ring, a very strong European première opens the section Festival Previews in the presence of Lord Richard Attenborough. The same evening the competition is launched with Die Fälscher by Stefan Ruzowsky and in Vooruit the section Almost Cinema is opened with the movie Sand & Sorrow, a documentary about the Darfur genocide.

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Darfur documentary will open Almost Cinema

Almost Cinema spends twelve days on the border between film, media art and music. This joint project between Vooruit Arts Centre & Ghent Film Festival will start on October 9 with the screening of Sand & Sorrow on Darfur, followed by a concert with Sudanese refugee singer Rasha.

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Director Walter Hill to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award

Award-winning director Walter Hill will receive the prestigious Joseph Plateau Award at the upcoming Flanders International Film Festival. The Joseph Plateau Life Time Achievement Award, considered the festival's highest honor, recognizes Hill's achievement in Filmmaking as a writer, director and producer, and will be presented during the 34th edition of the festival in Ghent, Belgium (October 9th - 20th).

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Ghent fest releases new film music CD series 'For the Record'

For the Record: Craig Armstrong is the Ghent Film Festival's first album in a new series of film music CDs. The CD compiles the Scottish composer's best film music with recordings by the Flemish Radio Orchestra and Choir. The aim is to launch one album each year for a composer connected to the Ghent Film Festival.

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Mychael Danna, Harry Gregson-Williams and Jef Neve to star at WSA

The 7th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards on 20th October 2007 promises once again to be an event for lovers of film music. World-class film music composers will come to Ghent for the presentation of the World Soundtrack Awards and concert, with music from Mychael Danna, Harry Gregson-Williams and Jef Neve being the highlight.

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And the nominees for the World Soundtrack Awards are...

The World Soundtrack Academy releases the list of nominees for the three principal categories in the World Soundtrack Awards, the most pre-eminent international prizes for the recognition of film music: Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Score of the Year and Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film. The names of the winners will be announced on Saturday, October 20 on the closing evening of the Ghent International Film Festival.

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34th Ghent Film Festival focuses on Argentina and film music

The 34th Ghent Film Festival is being held from 9 to 20 October this year, and its focus on film music will be even greater than ever. This year's programme includes a concert with Alberto Iglesias, who has been composing music for films by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar for many years; the seventh World Soundtrack Awards; and a concert with Argentinean composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the multiple Oscar winner, and his Bajofondo Tango Club. Santaolalla will help sharpen the festival's focus on contemporary Argentinean cinema in terms of music.

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Vote now for last year's best score!

Are you a soundtrack and film music fan? Then cast your vote for what you consider the best score of the past 12 months. You can vote for any film released between 1 July, 2006 and 30 June, 2007. The score that gets the highest number of votes will receive the Public Choice Award at the World Soundtrack Awards (WSA), the world's most important awards for film music, in Ghent on Sat 20 October.

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Three days of film music mania!

This year all the music events at the Ghent International Film Festival are concentrated in a three day span, which makes it easier for film music fans to attend these events. Film music aficionados are already looking forward to the 7th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards. Each year the elite of film music composers attends the ceremony and the subsequent concert to celebrate film music in all its aspects.

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Call for entries: Submit your film now!

If you want to submit a film for the festival's 34th edition (9-20 October 2007) programme please send a screener together with an entry form and some brief info over the film and its makers before August 1st, 2007 to our offices!

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German composer Raben dies

Peer Raben, a regular collaborator of director R.W Fassbinder and strong presence in European film music, has died at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer. The German-born composer scored dozens of films for the German auteur, with whom he started the 'Ensembles Antiteater' in Munich in 1970, including Lola, Querelle and Die Venusfalle. Other films have included 2046, Bismarck and Kontakt.

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Stanley Kubrick exhibition Ghent attracts over 32.000 visitors

The Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent and the province of East Flanders are proud to announce that the prestigious Stanley Kubrick exhibition in the Ghent Caermersklooster attracted 32.054 visitors. The exhibition was part of the Flanders Film Festival and opened a week prior to the festival's opening night. It closed this Sunday January 7, 2007.

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Nominations for the European Film Awards 2006

At the Seville Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions just announced the nominations for the European Film Awards 2006. The 1,700 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony in Warsaw on December 2.

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The FNAC Public Prize goes to When The Road Bends

The documentary When The Road Bends by Jasmine Dellal has won the FNAC Public Prize at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival. The film scored 4,65 on a scale of 5 and takes home a distribution premium of 5.000 euros, intended to promote the release of the winning film.

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Ten Canoes wins the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival

Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr has won the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent. The international jury, under the chairmanship of Jan Harlan, announced the winner on Saturday evening. The ceremony was followed by a screening of the closing film Black Book in the presence of director Paul Verhoeven. The Festival was closed in style with a masked ball at Arts Centre Vooruit.

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Alberto Iglesias Best Composer 2006

Alberto Iglesias is the big winner of the World Soundtrack Awards 2006. He won both the Award of Soundtrack Composer of the Year and Best Original Soundtrack of the year with the music he wrote for The Constant Gardener. The prestigious film music awards were presented during the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival Ghent on Saturday October 14 for the sixth time running.

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Tom Tykwer, Paul Verhoeven and Darren Aronofsky to attend Flanders Fest

The Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent is proud to announce that the following guests will attend the 33rd edition of the Festival: Tom Tykwer, who will open the Festival's Competition with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer on October 11, Paul Verhoeven, director of the closing film Black Book, and Darren Aronofsky, one of Hollywood's most original filmmakers who will be presenting The Fountain in Ghent. They complete the Festival's guest list of over 150 people, bringing a wide range of film talent to Ghent.

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Stanley Kubrick exhibition takes a splendid start

On Wednesday 4th the prestigious Kubrick exhibition in the Caermersklooster was officially opened in the presence of Mrs. Christiane Kubrick, Kubrick's producer Jan Harlan, set designer Sir Ken Adam and many other prominent figures. Until January 2007 you can have a look behind the screens of Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lolita and other milestones in the history of film. After the successful venues in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Melbourne, Ghent has been granted the exclusive opportunity to host this unique exhibition in the Benelux.

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33rd Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on Stanley Kubrick

With 169 feature-length films and 65 short films, collectively good for 19,468 minutes of cinema and 596 screenings spread over 14 days, Ghent will once again be transformed into the City of Film during the period of October 11 through October 21. The 33rd edition of the Flanders Film Festival - Ghent focuses on film legend Stanley Kubrick, pays homage to Belgian-French director Agnès Varda, and draws more than 150 talented guests from the world of film to the Flemish city.

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Special screening for the blind and partially sighted at Flanders Film Festival

In a first for Flanders, the International Film Festival - Ghent in conjunction with the non-profit association "De Vrienden der Blinden" is organising a film showing on October 17 for the blind and partially sighted. The film that has been selected is Erik van Looy's The Alzheimer Case, with commentary provided by Herbert Bruynseels. People with a visual disability too will therefore have the chance for once to enjoy an evening at the pictures!

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Perfume Official Opening Film Competition

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Tom Tykwer (Lola Rennt, Heaven) will open the competition of the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival - Ghent on Wednesday October 11. This film is based on Patrick Süskind's best-selling novel of the same title from 1985, of which more than 15 million copies have been sold worldwide. The film attracted no fewer than 250,000 film lovers to the cinemas when it premiered in Germany.

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