Gent International Film Festival, Belgium

The Festival started in 1974 and has developed into one of Europe’s foremost film events. In 1985 it introduced the innovative theme, ‘The Impact of Music on Film’, focusing the international film competition on the importance of film music and sound design and organising a series of film music concerts and seminars with guests such as Ennio Morricone, Georges Delerue, Nicola Piovani, etc. The World Soundtrack Academy and the annual World Soundtrack Awards, launched in 2001, has further intensified our focus on the importance of film music.