During the festival several awards are presented. Below you can find an overview of the various competitions and prizes.
In 1985, Film Fest Ghent held its inaugural feature-length film competition focusing on 'the impact of music on film'. Each year our team of programmers selects 12-15 films in the Official Competition. An international jury then presents the winners of the Grand Prix for Best Film and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Soundtrack or Sound Design.
World Soundtrack Awards
Film Fest Ghent closes each year with the prestigious World Soundtrack Awards. These awards honour composers for screen and their work, with the winners being announced at a special gala event.
Joseph Plateau Honorary Award
The Joseph Plateau Honorary Award - inspired by professor Plateau and his phenakisticope - is presented to special guests of Film Fest Ghent whose have left an indelible mark on the history of international filmmaking.
Best International Short Film Award
The Best International Short Film Award is awarded by an international jury to the best submission to the International Short Film Competition. Fiction, animation, documentary as well as everything that could be considered an 'experiment' is eligible for the award.
Prize for Best Belgian Student Short
Students from recognised film schools in Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia can compete for the Prize for Best Belgian Student Short, with a value of €5,000. A professional jury will award the prize.
The Explore Zone jury, composed of young people between 18 and 26 years old, follows a selection of films by and for young people. At the end of the ride, the jury will present the Explore Award.
Film Fest Ghent wants to know the opinion of the public. After each screening you can show your appreciation for the film with your festival ticket. The most beloved films have a chance at winning the North Sea Port Audience Award and the Canvas Audience Award.