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Flanders Film Festival to host 1st World Soundtrack Awards
8-May-2001 - The World Soundtrack Awards are launched by the newly created World Soundtrack Academy, which is 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 the awards as well as through the development of several other promotional initiatives.

Besides kudos for Film Composer of the Year and Discovery of the Year, awards will go to the winners in categories like Best Original Orchestral Soundtrack of the Year; Best Original Vocal Soundtrack of the Year; Best Original Soundtrack not released on an album; and Best Use of Existing Material on a Soundtrack. Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to composers who have reached a milestone in their career, while film music fans can vote for the Public Choice Award. Nominations in each category will be announced on August 15.

Voting members - recruited among film music composers and other professionals from around the world who can prove that they are actively involved in the film music sector - include Tan Dun (who won an Oscar this year for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon), Elliot Goldenthal, Gabriel Yared, Anne Dudley, Jean-Claude Petit, Lalo Schifrin, Elia Cmiral, Rachel Portman, John Powell, Trevor Jones, David Mansfield, John Parish, Marco Werba, Mike Stoller, Toots Thielemans and many others. Film music fans are able to support the initiative by joining as non-voting club members.

The awards ceremony precedes a truly unique concert bringing together the best of both worlds: the film music of composers Gabriel Yared from France and Elmer Bernstein from the US. Venue is the historical Bijloke concert hall in Ghent. Ticket sales start 1 June - the full concert programme will be shortly available.

The key musical highlights of this year’s festival programme include:

Orlac’s Hands World première of Henning Lohner’s new score for Robert Wiene’s silent film classic from 1924. The film will be accompanied live by the National Orchestra of Belgium. Conductor is Dirk Brossé. Date: 14 October 2001, 8PM. Venue: Flemish Opera House – Ghent.

Gabriel Yared and Elmer Bernstein Live in Ghent/2001 World Soundtrack Awards Undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year’s music programme: a double concert with music from Gabriel Yared (The English Patient) and Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven). They will conduct the National Orchestra of Belgium. Preceding the concert is the 2001 World Soundtrack Awards ceremony. Date: 18 October 2001, 8PM. Venue: Bijloke concert hall – Ghent.

Film Music Seminar In 1938, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first real original soundtrack album from a feature film. Chris Montan, President of Walt Disney Music at Walt Disney Pictures and Television, will give a keynote speech on the important role of music in Disney animation. Composers such as James Newton Howard (Atlantis, Dinosaur) and Mark Mancina (Tarzan), and some key film-makers linked to the Studios, will join Chris Montan to discuss the scoring process at Disney, as well as present a case study on the scoring of ‘Atlantis’. A special screening of ‘Dinosaur’ is to close the event. Date: 19 October 2000, starts at 9.30AM. Venue: Decascoop – Ghent.

More info at Flanders International Film Festival

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