33rd Flanders International Film Festival focuses on Stanley Kubrick
From October 11 to 21 inclusive, all spotlights will once again be on Ghent for the 33rd edition of the Flanders International Film Festival. This year the festival is focussing on Stanley Kubrick with an exhibition, a complete retrospective and a film concert. Also not to be missed are the Craig Armstrong film concert, the sixth edition of the World Soundtrack Awards and a tribute to Agnes Varda.
Focus on Stanley Kubrick Following recent highly successful showings in Frankfurt am Main, Berlin and Melbourne, Ghent is granted the exclusive rights to host the prestigious, world-renowned Stanley Kubrick Exhibition in the Benelux from October 5 through January 7. In addition the Flanders International Film Festival will show a complete retrospective of Kubrick's films. Once again, the Flanders Film Festival - Ghent will be the only festival which pays special attention to the 'impact of music on film' reflected in the competition and several concerts. Some 12 to 15 films in the Official Selection compete for four main prizes: Best Film, Best Director, Best Music and Best Screenplay. Director Ken Wardrop (winner EFA Award Best Short 2005), author Michel Ciment, producer Jan Harlan and Belgian composer Jan Leyers will be members of the international jury. Others members will be announced later. This year the total prize money awarded at the festival totals € 100,000. The following prizes will be awarded: the Grand Prix for Best Film, the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music, the Sabam Award for Best Screenplay and the Robert Wise Award for Best Director. The festival also features a competition for European shorts: The Prix UIP Ghent in cooperation with the European Film Awards. World Soundtrack Awards On Saturday October 14th, the 6th World Soundtrack Awards will be presented in the city concert hall De Bijloke. This ceremony will be followed by a film music concert featuring the music of Michael Giacchino, John Powell, Peer Raben and Piet Goddaer aka Ozark Henry. Both Powell and Raben will be present in Ghent. On Thursday October 19th, in the Flemish Opera of Ghent, a second film music concert will be organised with the music of the award-winning composer Craig Armstrong (Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, Ray, World Trade Centre). For the first time ever his music will be played live by a symphonic orchestra assisted by a choir and Armstrong himself on piano. In cooperation with SMAK (the Ghent museum of contemporary art), the Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent is organising a tribute to French filmmaker Agnes Varda. The festival will host a retrospective on Varda in the section Memory of Film, and SMAK will show two of her recent video installations. Agnes Varda will be a guest of honour at the festival and will receive the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award.