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World's most important film music institute... in Ghent
The World Soundtrack Awards are organised every year during Film Fest Gent and are the most important film music prizes in the world. Big fish get acknowledged for their lifelong contributions to the film music industry and youngsters can win prizes that bring their career to the next level. But the World Soundtrack Awards are so much more than just music prizes...
Film Fest Gent is an important player in the international film world. The festival has gained this position in part because of its focus on film music. The soundtrack in a movie is usually celebrated, but the individual behind the composition often stays in the shadows. Therefore, the World Soundtrack Awards and the World Soundtrack Academy were founded in 2001. They are aimed at organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion. The latter through the presentation of awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives.
The academy also actively contributes to the educational section through organising seminars, workshops, master classes, etc. as well as through the future publication of these studies and the development of an archive.
The Awards are only a start for this part, but are also the absolute highlight of the music related activities during the festival. They are organised with the purpose of giving film composers the recognition they deserve. An overview:
- SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International Composer
- Best Original Score for a Belgian Production
- Discovery of the Year
- Television Composer of the Year
- Film Composer of the Year
- Public Choice Award
- Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film
- Lifetime Achievement Award
The World Soundtrack Awards get granted on a festive night that will have a part for the awarding of the prizes, acceptance speeches, and a part where film music will be played by Brussels Philharmonc, conducted by Dirk Brossé. The soundtracks will be accompanied by film fragments on three big screens. Some attending composers will play, as the cherry on the cake, parts of their composition together with the orchestra or as a conductor.
This year, the World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert will take place Wednesday October 18 in the Capitole, Ghent, and they will be dedicated to contemporary jazz in film music. Our central guest that evening will be Terence Blanchard, the Lifetim Achievement Award will go to David Shire and our Discovery 2016, Joe Kraemer, will also be present.
People who only want to enjoy film music can traditionally attend the WSA Concert the next evening, without ceremony or acceptance speeches and with even more soundtracks. Some of the winners of the WSAwards will even hit the stage and play or conduct their creations!
This year, the concert was named ‘Symphonic Jazz Concert’. Brussels Philharmonic is pleased to work together with Brussels Jazz Orchestra this year conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé. They will play the best jazz classics from 100 years of film history with film clips depicted on three big screens.
The Symphonic Jazz Concert will take place Thursday 19 October in the Capitole, Ghent.
Meet & Greet
The stars of the WSA, Oscar winner David Shire, Grammy winner Terence Blanchard and Joe Kraemer will have a chat with the press and a fan moment afterwards 19 Oct 11am. You can find more info about the Meet & Greet here.
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