October 24th, 2015
The driving force behind a good movie is its soundtrack. Over the years this has been something that has come to be recognized and several awards are prese nted in this category of excellence. Launched in 2001 by the Flanders International Film Festival Ghent, the World Soundtrack Awards are presented annually to people in the movie industry who have exhibited exceptional proficiency in soundtracks which is usually held in October each year. This year, 2015, the awards will complete its 15th year.
The ceremony usually takes place in Ghent, Belgium at the Bijloke Concert Hall. The venue is a much-coveted one as a major chunk of the world’s glitterazzi converge at this venue, especially the who’s who of the music world, so it’s the one thing to ‘be seen’ at the World Soundtrack awards.
Although the focus is on the awardees that will be announced and then given their awards, there are a lot of hype-generating events to spice up the event. Usually international actors, musicians, singers and other performers are invited to entertain the audience. It is considered a great honor to be called upon to perform at these awards. This year one of the highlights of the event is a performance by French composer Alexandre Desplat.
In the earlier years, the award categories were very basic but today with the high degree of technology being used in the music world, several new categories have emerged. Some of the categories are Film Composer of the Year, Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film and the Best Original Score of the Year.
Discovery of the Year: Antonio Sánchez for Birdman
Public Choice Award: The Maze Runner (John Paesano)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Patrick Doyle
SABAM Award For Best Young International Composer: Peer Kleinschmidt