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History Film Fest Gent and World Soundtrack Awards
20 years of World Soundtrack Awards and the World Soundtrack Academy
World Soundtrack Awards

23 Oct 2021

A brief history of the festival since its starting days in 1974

Ever since 1982 Film Fest Gent has experienced a growing focus on music in cinema with a special section dedicated to music films.

This led to the addition of:

  • screenings with live musical performances

  • hosting big film music concerts

  • annual Film Music & Sound Seminars

  • recordings of several CDs

Over the years, Film Fest Gent has become a meeting place for film music composers from all over the world. To consolidate this growing focus on music in cinema, the World Soundtrack Academy was created in 2001, and a number of World Soundtrack Awards are distributed each year among about 30-40 nominees from all over the world, many of them present at the WSA Ceremony & Concert to collect their award in case they win. 

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the World Soundtrack Awards, Film Fest Ghent made a special documentary that looks back on the history of the WSA and the focus on the impact of music on film.

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