Flanders International Film Festival
As in previous years, the festival will pay a lot of attention to film music, with, for example, the 20th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards.
Every year in October, more than a 100 feature films and 50 short films from all over the world are presented at Film Fest Gent. The festival attracts more than 100,000 visitors every edition. However, the festival stands for more than just film. The festival also organises film music concerts, giving composers of film scores the platform they deserve. Previous guests include: Ennio Morricone, Gabriel Yared, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen, Patrick Doyle, Howard Shore, Georges Delerue, Hans Zimmer, Maurice Jarre, Craig Armstrong, Harry Gregson-Williams, Mychael Danna, Gustavo Santaolalla and Marco Beltrami.
Since 2001, Film Fest Gent has been organising the World Soundtrack Awards, which are the most prestigious soundtrack awards in the world. Each year, the best composers of film music are honoured and receive international recognition for their work. This pioneering role has certainly had an impact. Ghent has grown into a meeting point for established and up-and-coming musical talent.
This particular focus won Film Fest Gent international respect and a unique position among the many thousands of other film festivals around the globe. Trade paper Variety placed the festival in its top 50 must attend festivals because of this focus on (film) music. It was the only Benelux festival listed in the overview. Additionally, American financial newspaper The Wall Street Journal called the festival one of the five European Film Festivals with character.