For Film Fest Gent's golden jubilee, the festival is launching 2x25: 25 composers were invited to write a short piece of music. Subsequently, 25 filmmakers were inspired by the music to make a short film. The result fits perfectly within the DNA of Film Fest Gent: 25 sublime symbioses of music and cinematography, of emerging talent and established names, and of resounding names and festival favourites.

25 scores, 25 films

The impact music can have on a film cannot be underestimated. Yet composers are often involved late in a film project, always making their music in function of the image. For this anniversary project, Film Fest Gent turns the tables. The festival first approached musicians to create a short composition, and then Film Fest Gent knocked on the filmmakers' doors. Again, a wide range of filmmakers were provided. The filmmakers were shown a few pieces of music and made their choice from them. Only when the choice had been made, the name of the composer was revealed.

Wim De Witte c Bas Bogaerts
“Directors often tell us that they draw inspiration from film music when writing. With this project, we wanted to give the world of composer and director a creative twist by having filmmakers work on original compositions, rather than the other way around. We never dreamed we could expect such a richly varied and diverse output of (often personal) short films. We are immensely grateful for all the enthusiasm and unbridled creativity of the participating composers and directors.”
Wim De Witte Programme director

Films to See

The short films will be shown before each feature film during the festival and can already be seen on Film Fest Gent's Youtube and Vimeo channels. From 10 to 21 October, the films can also be seen on the big screen in S.M.A.K., the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent.