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World Soundtrack Awards

23 Oct 2021

Frequent questions

Where can I get an accreditation?

You can find information about press or industry accreditations, press kits, subscription to our press list and the opening hours of our Press & Industry Office on our Press & Industry Page.

What does the Academy do?

Launched in 2001 by Film Fest Ghent, the World Soundtrack Academy organizes and oversees 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 awards should only be seen as a start. The World Soundtrack Academy is in the process of developing new initiatives that fit in the academy's mission statement. The academy also actively contributes to the study of this form of art through organizing a. film music seminar, workshops, master classes, etc., as well as through the future publication of these studies and the development of an archive.

Together with Film Fest Ghent, the World Soundtrack Academy also develops initiatives that are aimed at offering a strong platform to emerging film music talent in Europe. 

The idea to set up the academy comes from a number of film composers attending the festival, who considered it best placed to create a non-profit structure that would be able to operate completely unbiased. 

Where can I buy the CD's you have produced?

Each year Film Fest Ghent produces a new film music album with newly recorded music performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé.

You can buy all our film music albums (that are still in print) in our webshop. The new album is also available at the info stand at Film Fest Ghent.

See also here for more information about our album recordings.

Film Fest Ghent Shop
What is your link to Film Fest Ghent?

Film Fest Ghent has been giving attention to film music since its inception. The festival has its own music department, which organizes many events related to film music visited by industry professionals from all over the world, such as the two concerts, including the World Soundtrack Awards and the WSA industry events.

Can I vote for any of the Awards?

Everyone can vote for the Public Choice Award.

Voting members of the Academy can vote for:
    - Film Composer of the Year;
    - Best Original Song;
    - Television Composer of the Year.

The Advisory Board can vote for: 
    - Discovery of the Year;
    - Best Original Score for a Belgian Production.

The Sabam Award for Best Composition by a Young  Composer is presented to the winner of the WSA Film Music Composition Contest by a select jury of music professionals chaired by Dirk Brossé. 

If you are a composer or another film music professional, you can join the World Soundtrack Academy here.

WSA Rule Book
Where can I buy tickets to the World Soundtrack Awards?

You can buy tickets for all the film music events (the two concerts, the film music seminar and industry talks, and the Vooruit events) here.

When and where do the next World Soundtrack Awards take place?

The 21st World Soundtrack Awards will be held on 23 October 2021. 

What are the World Soundtrack Awards?

The World Soundtrack Awards are organised by the music department of Film Fest Gent and granted by the World Soundtrack Academy, a group of around 200 professionals from the film music industry (mainly composers, but also agents, publicists and directors) including John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, Hans Zimmer and Philip Glass. There are prizes in eight categories granted to film music composers and awarded during a ceremony, the World Soundtrack Awards Gala. 

How do I keep up to date on your activities?

If you would like to be kept informed about our latest initiatives, announcement about nominees or awards or just want regular news updates, you can subscribe to our newsletter (via the homepage), follow our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube) or just keep an eye on this website! 

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