Every year, Film Fest Gent strives to offer a platform for its domestic cinema. We are proud to announce that we will present no less than 9 new Belgian titles in different sections at this 43rd edition. These titles will receive their national or world premiere in Ghent.
The festival announces its first international titles in various sections. The Official Competition includes the British-Belgian co-production “A Quiet Passion” by Terence Davies starring Cynthia Nixon. Two feature films from the last Cannes edition also stand a chance to win Best Film or Best Music & Sound: the Romanian drama “Bacalaureat” by Cristian Mungiu and remarkable Italian “Fai bei sogni" by Marco Bellocchio starring Bérénice Bejo.
Film Fest Gent will open the 43rd edition on 11 October with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake”. It will be the third time that the filmmaker himself will attend the biggest festival in Belgium.
This first wave of World Soundtrack Award Nominees include multiple Academy Award® winners and nominees, a past Discovery of the Year winner, and the best of contemporary television music. The nominees announced include Academy Award®-winners Ennio Morricone, John Williams, and Sam Smith; Academy Award®-nominees Carter Burwell and Thomas Newman; and recent Discovery of the Year winner Daniel Pemberton. The inaugural Television Composer of the Year nominees include EMMY® winners Bear McCreary, Jeff Beal, and Sean Callery, and nominees Mac Quayle and Ramin Djawadi.
At 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards Gala on the 19th of October, the winner of the Public Choice Award will be announced, and it is up to you to select your favorite. For the first time, the nominees for the Public Choice Award were chosen by members of the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA).
Via this poll we offer you the chance to vote for your favorite Ryuichi Sakamoto track in the last days of our crowdfunding campaign: 'Bringing Sakamoto's filmmusic to your ears'.
Through this campaign we aim to fund a unique Ryuichi Sakamoto album that is focused on his film and TV work rather than on his separate scores. The album will be recorded by Brussels Philharmonic and YOU get to decide which final track will be added to the list of already awesome scores!
The program of the 43rd edition of Film Fest Gent is inspired by cinema from two different corners of the earth: starting with the most Northern point of Europe for its Focus on Nordic Cinema and ending in the far East for the Spotlight on Japan. The Nordic Focus is emphasized by the festivals central campaign image, depicting one of the greatest movie stars the region has ever know: Greta Garbo.
Film Fest Gent announces full program for the 16th World Soundtrack Awards which will showcase the music composed for today’s top television shows and for legendary series from our youth, live performed by Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir conducted by maestro Dirk Brossé.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Ryuichi Sakamoto on October 19 at the World Soundtrack Awards in Ghent, following the festival's spotlight on Japanese cinema. A selection of his work will be performed by Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé on a unique compilation album focusing on Sakamoto's film scores. For this album Film Fest Gent will launch a crowdfunding campaign.
On Wednesday 21 October, the international jury of Film Fest Gent, led by jury president Sir Alan Parker, announced the winners of the different competitions. 'Ixcanul' by Jayro Bustamante won the Grand Prix for Best Film. The Georges Delerue Award for Best Soundtrack went to Johnnie Burn for the soundtrack of 'The Lobster' by Yorgos Lanthimos. The winners of the different short film competitions were also revealed.
This year’s international jury consisted of jury president Sir Alan Parker, Marjane Satrapi, Caroline Strubbe, Boyd van Hoeij and Franco Lolli.
Film Fest Gent is bringing Alexander Skarsgård and director Marielle Heller to the festival, together with the Belgian distributor of ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’ Lumière and producer Caviar. On Tuesday 20 October, the film will conclude the youth competition of the festival where the jury will announce the winner of the Explore Award.
On Wednesday 14 October, Christopher Plummer will receive the Joseph Plateau Honorary Award at the 42nd Film Fest Gent. With this accolade, the festival honours guests who have made a special contribution to the art of filmmaking. “If there is one actor deserving of the Joseph Plateau Award then it is this immensely versatile and talented Canadian icon", claims the festival’s artistic director, Patrick Duynslaegher. Film Fest Gent will also screen 'Remember' the latest film by Atom Egoyan, starring Christopher Plummer.
British director Alan Parker will be presiding over the international jury during the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent. Alan Parker interspersed his purely British films with bigger American productions, although these were never intended as superficial Hollywood entertainment. “If you haven’t got something to say, I don’t think you should be a film-maker” is his motto. He will talk about his work and of course about cinema with Patrick Duynslaegher
Robert Zemeckis’ forthcoming thriller ‘The Walk’, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, the charismatic high-wire artist who unforgettably traversed the Twin Towers in 1974, will pre-open the 42nd Film Fest Gent (FFGent). In addition to 'The Walk' FFGent will also hold a ‘Back to the Future’ marathon in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Zemeckis’ famous trilogy. Finally the festival will close with the 15th World Soundtrack Awards, including the concert premiere of the film music of 'The Walk' in the presence of its central guest and composer Alan Silvestri.
Film Fest Gent unveils the festival’s official poster featuring British style icon Twiggy in honour of this year’s British focus.
British director Alan Parker will be presiding over the international jury during the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent (13 - 24 October). Joining him on the jury will be Marjane Satrapi, Caroline Strubbe, Boyd van Hoeij and Franco Lolli.
The Board of Directors of Film Fest Gent has appointed Martijn Bal Managing Director of the film festival in Ghent. He will be assuming his duties officially on 1 October 2015.
The 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent will open on Tuesday October 13th with Robin Pront’s debut film ‘The Ardennes’ starring Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval and Veerle Baetens.
After its successful focus on France last year, Film Fest Gent is to include a British focus as part of its next edition. Following this focus, Film Fest Gent will also celebrate the rich tradition of British film music by organising the concert GREAT BRITISH FILM MUSIC at Music Centre the Bijloke, that will provide an anthology of the work of both classical and contemporary film composers, whom have made a remarkable contribution to the image and success of British cinema.
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