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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.

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Following the award ceremony, a selection of Terence Blanchard’s work (“Mo’ Better Blues,” “Malcolm X,” “25th Hour”) will be recorded and performed by Brussels Philharmonic and additional jazz soloists, conducted by Film Fest Gent’s music director Dirk Brossé.

The Academy will announce the nominees mid September for discovery of the year, best original score for a Belgian production, and the composition competition.

Said Film Fest Gent’s artistic director Patrick
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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.
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Ghent awards 'A Quiet Passion', Jeremy Thomas, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ghent awards 'A Quiet Passion', Jeremy Thomas, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Jury led by Jeremy Thomas awards Terence Davies title with top award.

The 43rd annual Film Festival Ghent (Oct 11-21) awarded Terence DaviesA Quiet Passion with the Grand Prix for Best Film.

Shot largely at Aed Studios in Antwerp, the Emily Dickinson biopic is a UK-Belgium co-production.

The international jury was led by Jeremy Thomas. The veteran UK producer was also recognised by the festival for his contribution to cinema, receiving the lifetime achievement award.

Ahead of the closing-night screening of Belgian film-maker Bavo Defurne’s romantic drama Souvenir, Thomas and his jury – including Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, author Jonathan Coe and actresses Maaike Neuville, Lina El Arabi and India Hair – handed out the prizes.

Davies’ A Quiet Passion win came with $47.500 (€43,500) in prize money; special mention went to Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Glory.

The Georges Delerue Award for best score went to Us producer/composer Johnny Jewel for Fien Troch’s Home
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Ghent film fest to honour 'Revenant' composer Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Ghent film fest to honour 'Revenant' composer Ryuichi Sakamoto
Festival’s soundtrack awards will have a TV focus this year, including performances of the Fargo and House Of Cards [picturted] soundtracks.

Film Festival Ghent’s World Soundtrack Awards will this year focus on music for television.

At this year’s Cannes, festival director Patrick Duynslaegher has confirmed that attendees at the festival, which runs Ocr 11-21, will include David Arnold, Hans Richter, Jeff Russo and Jeff Beal.

The festival has also introduced a new prize, which is the Best Original Score for a Television Series and Mini-Series.

Music from series like Fargo, Homeland, House Of Cards, Madmen and Sherlock will be performed at a special concert by the Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir.

Japanese composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto (The Revenant) will be in town to receive the festival’s main prize, the World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award.

There will be concerts both of contemporary TV music and also one of old TV classics such as
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World Soundtrack Awards Introduce TV Work to Festivities

For its 16th edition, the World Soundtrack Awards will introduce a new award: best original score for television series & miniseries, to be featured side by side with the program’s traditional emphasis on film music. The reconfigured ceremony, which is the culmination of Belgium’s Film Fest Ghent, is now being held in two phases: the World Soundtrack Awards Gala, to be held Oct 19, and the Wsa Concert on Oct. 20.

“We’re in a unique, unprecedented position,” said fest artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher in a statement. “There’s so much good and great to chose from in this new Golden Age of TV that’s attracting high-profile directors, writers and actors, but also composers. Now that television series have developed ever more sophisticated storytelling to match anything in cinema, we want to recognize the contribution of the composer to this exciting and addictive art form.”

For the two-pronged ceremony, the
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World Soundtrack Awards Introduce TV Work to Festivities

For its 16th edition, the World Soundtrack Awards will introduce a new award: best original score for television series & miniseries, to be featured side by side with the program’s traditional emphasis on film music. The reconfigured ceremony, which is the culmination of Belgium’s Film Fest Ghent, is now being held in two phases: the World Soundtrack Awards Gala, to be held Oct 19, and the Wsa Concert on Oct. 20.

“We’re in a unique, unprecedented position,” said fest artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher in a statement. “There’s so much good and great to chose from in this new Golden Age of TV that’s attracting high-profile directors, writers and actors, but also composers. Now that television series have developed ever more sophisticated storytelling to match anything in cinema, we want to recognize the contribution of the composer to this exciting and addictive art form.”

For the two-pronged ceremony, the
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‘Steve Jobs’ Composer Daniel Pemberton: Video Of ‘Circle Of Machines’ Performance

‘Steve Jobs’ Composer Daniel Pemberton: Video Of ‘Circle Of Machines’ Performance
‘Circus of Machines,’ one of the tracks composed by Daniel Pemberton for awards contender Steve Jobs, is an operatic piece performed last month at the World Soundtrack Awards during the 42nd Ghent Film Festival in Belgium. For those who couldn’t be there, here’s recently posted video of the piece, conducted by Dirk Brossé and performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, the Flemish Radio Choir & soloists Hanne Roos and Piet Vansichen. British composer Pemberton, who won…
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'Inside Out', 'Birdman' composers win at World Soundtrack Awards

'Inside Out', 'Birdman' composers win at World Soundtrack Awards
Michael Giacchino took Film Composer of the Year, while Antonio Sanchez took Film Score of the Year for Birdman.

Sitting alongside the 42nd annual Gent Film Festival in Belgium (October 13-24), the 15th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards doled out its musical honours with a coinciding orchestral concert featuring the works of leading composers Alan Silvestri, Patrick Doyle and Daniel Pemberton.

Michael Giacchino was awarded with top honours as Film Composer of the Year for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Inside Out and Jurassic World. He was previously the World Soundtrack Award’s Discovery of the Year in 2005 for his work on The Incredibles.

Antonio Sanchez was also a big winner, beating out Bruno Calais (Song Of The Sea), Alexandre Desplat (The Imitation Game), Hans Zimmer (Interstellar) and Johann Johansson (The Theory Of Everything) for Best Original Film Score of the Year (Birdman).

Sanchez also nabbed the Discovery of the Year Award.

“I remember
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Michael Giacchino Wins Composer of the Year at World Soundtrack Awards

Michael Giacchino Wins Composer of the Year at World Soundtrack Awards
Ten years after he won Discovery of the Year at the World Soundtrack Awards, Michael Giacchino won the film music ceremony’s top prize — Composer of the Year — at the event’s 15th annual edition in Gent, Belgium on Saturday. Giacchino faced some stiff competition, including reigning Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat, who has been nominated in the category nine consecutive years dating back to 2007, having won five times. Giacchino was recognized for his scores for the Pixar hit “Inside Out,” as well as “Jurassic World” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

Other winners at the concert/ceremony, which acted as the grand finale of the 42nd Film Fest Gent, included Antonio Sanchez, whose drum score for “Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” earned him both Score and Discovery of the Year honors, a decidedly unorthodox choice for the international body of film pros who decide on such matters.
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Predator, Back To The Future Composer Alan Silvestri To Be Honored At The World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Awards will be honoring Predator, The Abyss composer Alan Silvestri on October 24th, it was announced today.

The World Soundtrack Awards will celebrate its 15th anniversary by feteing one of the most brilliant film composers of his generation, also known for his scores of Back To The Future and Forrest Gump.

The Brussels Philharmonic will perform the compelling scores by Alan Silvestri, conducted by Dirk Brossé and accompanied by film fragments on the big screen. The traditional film music concert will be held during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards. The WSAwards will once again be the festive closing event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent.

With his percussion driven scores and arrangements one can only compare with roller coasters, Alan Silvestri has emerged as one of the major Hollywood composers that broke through in the eighties. Although Silvestri has succeeded in writing successful scores
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Composer Alan Silvestri Being Feted at World Soundtrack Awards

Composer Alan Silvestri Being Feted at World Soundtrack Awards
Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy — will be the central honoree at the 15th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, which will close the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent on Oct. 24 in Belgium.

As is custom, the work of Silvestri — following in the footsteps of previous Wsa honorees Angelo Badalamenti, John Barry and Cliff Martinez — will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.

Silvestri first teamed with Zemeckis on their breakthrough feature, “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and subsequently collaborated on 10 additional releases, including “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Cast Away” (2000) and “The Polar Express” (2004).

The prolific and rangy composer’s credits also include the rom-coms “Father of the Bride” (1991), “What Women Want” (2000) and “Maid in Manhattan” (2002); action blockbusters “Predator” (1987) and “The Avengers” (2012); neo-westerns “Young Guns 2” (1990) and
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Alexandre Desplat Proves a Perennial Fave at Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards

As the Mc at Saturday night’s 14th annual World Soundtrack Awards — the culmination of Film Fest Gent — announced, “this should be called the Alexandre Desplat Awards,” after the French maestro was named as winner of both composer of the year and creator of the year’s best original film score (“Grand Budapest Hotel”).

Desplat, with his 13 nominations and six wins since 2007, is apparently a clear favorite of the Wsa committee that decides on such affairs, despite facing such stiff competition from Steven Price, who won the Oscar for “Gravity,” and Hans Zimmer (“12 Years a Slave”), who, along with his then-publicist, the late Ronni Chasen, helped bring worldwide recognition to Gent as a showcase for film music.

The composer of the year award recognizes a talent’s body of work for the previous year, and the ever-prolific Desplat was recognized for no less than seven films, including “Budapest,” “Philomena,” “The Monuments Men
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Alexandre Desplat named composer of the year

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Alexandre Desplat named composer of the year
World Soundtrack Awards also honour Pharell Williams’ Happy from Despicable Me 2.

Alexandre Desplat has been named Best Film Composer at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards, held last night in Ghent. He also won best original film score of the year for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

This year’s Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film is Happy from Despicable Me 2, written and performed by Pharrell Williams.

Discovery of the Year 2014 is Daniel Pemberton for Cuban Fury and The Counselor.

Michelino Bisceglia’s music for Marina won the Spotify Public Choice Award.

Cliff Martinez was this year’s guest of honour, and his work was performed on the night by the Brussels Philharmonic.

The Lifetime Achievement Award winner was Francis Lai.

World Soundtrack Awards 2014

Film Composer of the Year: Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Film Score of the Year: The Grand Budapest Hotel (by Alexandre Desplat)

Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film:
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Ghent’s World Soundtrack Awards to Fete French Composer Francis Lai

Ghent’s World Soundtrack Awards to Fete French Composer Francis Lai
Film Fest Ghent, whose World Soundtrack Awards initiated a spate of annual film music showcases around the world over the past decade, has named French composer Francis Lai as the recipient of the Wsa’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the event’s 14th edition (Oct. 14-25).

The honor for Lai, best known for his scores on Claude Lelouch’s landmark “A Man and a Woman” and Arthur Hiller’s blockbuster hit “Love Story,” is in keeping with the French skew of Ghent’s film fest proper, which is entering its 41st year. (Catherine Deneuve is this year’s poster girl.) In this regard, according to fest spokesperson Riema Reybrouck, a series retrospectives on French directors are in the planning stages.

A selection of Lai’s work will be performed at the WSAs on Oct. 25, where American film composer Cliff Martinez will also hold court as the main guest of the musical proceedings,
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Francis Lai to be honoured at WSAs

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The French composer will be honoured at the World Soundtrack Awards which take place October 25th as part of the Gent Film Festival.

French composer Francis Lai is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards which take place during the 41st Gent Film Festival, which will this year focus on France.

Born in Nice in 1932, Lai’s composing credits include Claude Lelouch’s Oscar winning A man And A Woman (1966). Lai went on to collaborate with Lelouch on numerous films. In 1970 Lai scored his biggest international hit with the soundtrack to Love Story.

A selection of his work will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé at the World Soundtrack Awards, which take place on October 25 in the Belgium city of Gent.

Confirmed central guests and performers at the World Soundtrack Awards are American composer Cliff Martinez (Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion and [link
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Life of Pi composer wins Soundtrack Award

Life of Pi composer wins Soundtrack Award
Mychael Danna and Adele win prizes at the World Soundtrack Awards 2013.

The World Soundtrack Academy has revealed the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2013, the closing event of the 40th Film Fest Gent.

Mychael Danna received two awards for Life of Pi including Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Film Score of the Year.

Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film was named as Skyfall, performed by Adele.

Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin were awarded the Discovery of the Year for the music they wrote for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

The Public Choice Award went to Rahman Altin for The Butterfly’s Dream (Kelebeğin Rüyası).

After the awards ceremony, Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé performed a selection of the film compositions of French director Alexandre Desplat.

Film scores from the Discovery winner of last year, Brian Byrne (Albert Nobbs), and from the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Riz Ortolani, were also
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Film Composers Bask in Fest Spotlight

Film Composers Bask in Fest Spotlight
With the exception of a few top-tier names, most composers toil away in the shadow of A-list movie stars and directors. The exception comes with six European film music festivals, where they — and their scores — shine brightly in the spotlight.

At this year’s second Intl. Festival of Film Music in Cordoba, Spain, autograph signings by composers “went on for three hours,” recalls Ascap’s senior director of film, TV music and new media Mike Todd. “They’re rock stars there.”

Bmi vice president of film/TV relations Doreen Ringer Ross recalls composer Christopher Lennertz walking across the room for a bathroom break at one festival only to get “a standing ovation.”

The granddaddy of these composer showcases remains the Flanders Intl. Film Festival (also known as Film Fest Ghent) in Ghent, Belgium, which culminates with assorted live music events by invited film maestros, a highlight that dates back to 1985, and the World Soundtrack Awards,
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Women to Watch: Marina Fuentes

What a surprise to talk to Marina, founder of the Spanish international sales company, 6 Sales and as of Cannes 2012, founder of a second international sales company, with different partners, Dreamcatchers.

When I teach young filmmakers who are making their first forays into "The Business", I tell them to be conscious of the fact that they are writing a book about themselves and that everybody in the business has a book describing who they are and the book should always be checked before entering any business transactions. I tell them that the people they meet going up are the same people they will meet going down, that ours is a business of constant ups and downs, if not of people on their career ladders, then of countries on their economic swings. I also tell them that as they meet people, they will eventually see that those people they become friends with or whom they like the most for business all seem to know each other and those whom they don't like and don't want to do business with also all seem to hang out together in their separate world. It's an odd form of natural selection or social networking.

Though I say this to students, it still surprised me to find that rule in effect regarding Marina with whom I had not spoken in many many years...since an Afm when she was with another company...Lumina I think it was. But I have always enjoyed watching her films – most recently Blancanieves which is up for 18 Goyas in Spain and which won the Cine Latino Prize in the Palm Springs Film Festival amongst many other prizes from different countries. It has been a pleasure seeing how well she has fared as head of her own company...now in fact two companies.

One example of this “birds of a feather” phenomenon is that during Sundance I was entranced by Sebastian Silva and his two films, Crystal Fairy and Magic Magic. You can read more on my previous blog. Marina is the international sales agent for Magic Magic, for which, she tells me, Sony already acquired half the world during Afm 2011. Wild Side in France, who also distributed Drive, is quite high on the film which they acquired at script stage and is making a push for Cannes Film Festival. She attributes a “Polanski” touch to Sebastian, especially his early films in which the viewer never knows exactly what is going on but there is a sort of secret communication between the characters. She is also the international sales agent for Jake Paltrow’s new film, Young Ones link which just started this Friday and which has a great script and a great cast. Not only is Jake a distant cousin, but both scripts for Young Ones and Magic Magic were brought to her by Brian O’Shea who has his own international sales agency The Exchange. He too is a good friend and his publicist partner Laurent Boye is a especially good friend. One more association is with Alicia Keyes who recently completed Blaze You Out and about whom I wrote a blog about a year ago. Alicia and she have been working on a project for the past six years.

The early history of Marina herself is illuminating and sheds a light on why she is so unique. While Young Ones is shooting in South Africa and is a South African-Irish coproduction (thanks to the efforts of Marina and a big group of various people around the world), it is supposed to take place in Colorado, where Marina herself was conceived and where she gave birth to her own first child almost seventeen years ago.

We spoke of the culture shock her parents experienced when her father came to University of Colorado for his PhD in aeronautics (he’s built the Hispasat communication satellites over Spain today). He and her mother left Spain while it was ruled by the dictator Franco to go to this hippy town; her mother spent the first year attending every protest in Boulder she could. Imagine the feelings experienced by her parents who were raised in such a repressive society that her mother thought that babies were conceived by kissing because the act of kissing was censored in all movies released in Spain.

Marina began her career studying business administration in Spain and France but realized how much she loved film and so she returned to Boulder where she studied film at the University of Colorado with the avant garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with classmates Derek Cianfrance and Joey Curtis, who 17 years ago at the University began writing Blue Valentine. Her sister, six years her junior, also trained there to be a pilot and still lives in the Us today, thus giving the family reason to return every Christmas.

Her five years in the U.S. during College were her most creative; she loved the University which was very different from the staid and more theoretical studies in Europe. And she still loves the creative energy of the U.S. where people are eager to try everything. But there was no real business in Boulder and she had a one year old baby. New York was too tough and so she returned to Madrid where her first job was with Alta Films as the assistant to its founder. Her second job was with Andres Vicente at Lolafilms. Andres was the most gifted person she ever met in energizing and motivating people to further his productions, but it was Nicole Mackie (today at Fortissimo) who was head of sales there and who taught Marina everything she needed to know about sales. When Lolafilms lost their deal with Telefonica, Marina formed her own company, Lumina, with Robert Bevan and Cyril Megret in London. In 2005, with two children, going back and forth from Madrid to London was quite difficult as the Headquarters were based there. So after transitioning by hiring another manager she left and started 6 Sales in 2006. The company was renamed Salt and is still operating today.

With a story like that, who could not admire Marina. Sharing our insights, I confided in her my belief that half of the “Spanish” in the New World were probably of Jewish origin, coming to the New World with Columbus to escape the Inquisition. She did not see this as far-fetched, in fact added that the fact that people with the last names starting with “San” or with names with “water” in them, like Rios (rivers) or Fuentes (fountains) were known to be of Jewish origin. Her partners in 6 Sales are Israeli and when she visited Israel she felt very much at home. So many Israelis reminded her of her own extended family. Like the Italians and the Spanish feel so similar to one another, so she felt with the Israelis.

She is in L.A. now, primarily with her second company Dreamcatchers as they start on the second installment of Mariah Mundi link to Cinando. Just to show my readers how far in advance sales agents must work, the first installment of Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box. has not yet been finished and will debut in Cannes. It is a large family film about magic and is based on a bestselling novel, orchestrated by the Brussels Philharmonic which did The Artist, with music composed by Fernando Velazquez, who also composed the music for Universal’s current hit, Mama and for The Impossible. This film should hit big.They are already in discussions with U.S. distributors and agents about the second part.

She says,

“We want to become one of the main European Sales Agencies of top quality commercial product. Films like Blancanieves will be an exception but they show how much we love cinema. It is not a commercial film by traditional standards but it’s quality and has won so many awards -- almost Oscar nomination and 18 Goya Nominations!! Mariah Mundi and The Midas Box will be more our type of product. We are now commencing production on the second part with a budget of $30M. We have a great advantage over U.S. companies as well because we have soft money to bring together with my partner’s Fund (Arcadia Capital). And now our next projects are Prodigious and Oliver’s Deal and we are announcing the beginning of production of Claudia Llosa’s new film Cry, Fly on March 11th in Canada. We will present a promo in Cannes this year. This is the first English language film of Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa with The Milk of Sorrow ."

Read more about Cry, Fly covered in Varierty.

Claudia Llosa is the niece of the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa and the film director Luis Llosa. She wrote Madeinusa which premiered in Competition at Sundance in 2006. The Milk of Sorrow won Berlin Film Festival in 2009 and was nominated to the Foreign Oscar the next year.
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