World Soundtrack Awards 2017 – Final program

The World Soundtrack Awards film music festival starts its 17th edition today 17th of October 2017 in Ghent (Belgium), and will end on Thursday 19th of October. In this article you can find all the information you need to follow the festival’s activities.


Tuesday 17th of October – Film Music Seminar

This year’s Film Music Seminar will take place from 9:00h to 16:00h at Vooruit Ghent with a focus on the different roles of jazz music in films (remember that Jazz is the central theme of World Soundtrack Awards 2017).


During the day, dr. Martine Huvenne and Peter Vermeersch will moderate a debate with guests David Shire, Walter Murch, Joe Kraemer and Terence Blanchard with the following program:

  • 09:00h – 09:30h: Welcome
  • 09:30h – 12:00h: Introduction on jazz in film by dr. Martine Huvenne & Peter Vermeersch + interview with Terence Blanchard
  • 12:00h – 13:00h: Lunch & time to network
  • 13:00h – 14:30h: Interview with David Shire & Walter Murch
  • 14:30h – 16:00h: Interview with Joe Kraemer


Tickets for the film music seminar are 20€ (students 15€) and can be found at:

World Soundtrack Awards - Film Music Seminar

Wednesday 18th of October – WSA Industry Day

World Soundtrack Awards Industry Day will take place from 9:00h to 18:00h at Vooruit Ghent, and it is a networking event for both young and established international film music professionals, to learn, debate and socialize.


In different masterclasses and panels during the entire day, guest speakers discuss what’s going on in the international film music industry, teach students about production or composition techniques and talk about the relation between film composer and director. During these sessions, there will be a Q&A and during the lunch, professionals will have the opportunity to meet and speak with each other about their ideas or vision on film music.


The program is as follows:

WELCOME (9:00h – 9:30h)

MORNING (9:30h – 12:00h)

  • Masterclass: What does an orchestrator actually do? by Matt Dunkley (‘Black Swan’, ‘Inception’)
  • Masterclass: Main title theme music and the art of building a show’s audio ID in a short amount of time by Dave Porter(‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Preacher’)

LUNCH (12:00h – 13:30h)

AFTERNOON (13:30h – 17:00h)

  • Panel on career development –
withTerence Blanchard, Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka and Joe Kraemer, moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross
  • Panel: Share of Music within Production Budgets – with Belgian producerDries Phlypo, Dan Jones, Michel Bisceglia, Rael Jones and Christopher Gutch, moderated by music supervisor Milena Fessmann
  • Panel on communication between filmmaker & composer – with Patrick Lemmens, Rupert Gregson-Williams, Michael Abels, Lukas Dhont and Valentin Hadjadj moderated by artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher
  • Infosession on tax sheltering opportunities for scoring in Belgium – with Darrell Alexander, Pieter Dewinter, Sander Herbers, Jasper Segers, Pierre Willemart and Filip Strobbe

NETWORKING & DRINKS (17:00h – 18:00h)
Tickets for the Industry Day are 20€ (students 15€) and can be purchased combined with Film Music Seminar Tickets (35 / 25€):

World Soundtrack Awards - Industry Day

Wednesday 18th of October – 20:00h – World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert

Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé will perform compelling classical and contemporary jazz scores, accompanied by film clips on the big screen at Capitole Ghent theatre.


The prestigious Award Ceremony of the World Soundtrack Awards will take place in the presence of many composers and film music professionals, with Joe Kraemer (WSA Discovery 2016) in attendance, and veteran composer David Shire being this year’s recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, who has an impressive career with more than 140 soundtracks for movies & TV shows.


More information about the nominees of the Award Ceremony of the night:


After the Award Ceremony, world-renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist Terence Blanchard will be the central guest of the evening, playing his music for Spike Lee’s movies, and also his work for other directors.


Tickets, with prices ranging from 23€ to 128€ (VIP) are available in:

VIP tickets include reception dinner after the gala & concert

World Soundtrack Awards - Gala & Concert

Thursday 19th of October – 11:00h – WSA Press Conference and Meet & Greet

Terence Blanchard, Joe Kraemer and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient David Shire will attend WSA’s annual press conference and fan moment at Theaterzaal of Vooruit. They will have an open discussion with artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher and music director Dirk Brossé and a chat with the press.


Several nominees will be present as well: Dave Porter, Dustin O’Halloran, Rael Jones, Diego Navarro, Alejandro Vivas, Dan Jones, Matt Dunkley, Michael Abels and Rupert Gregson-Williams, as well as the three finalists of the composition contest Gavin Brivik, Jim David van der Panne and Andrea Grant. Afterwards, they’ll take some time to talk with fans and take pictures.


Tickets are 5€, unless you have a WSA Gala & concert ticket or proper press accreditation:

World Soundtrack Awards - Press Conference and Meet & Greet

Thursday October 19th – 20:00h – Symphonic Jazz Concert – Classics Night

At night, the concert will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé at Capitole Ghent theatre, with a program looking back at the thrilling scores and tunes from legendary jazz scores of the past.


The public can expect some of the best instrumental tunes by Henry Mancini; clever and inventive themes by Lalo Schifrin for his TV scores such as Mission Impossible and Mannix; Elmer Bernstein’s striking jazz score for The Man With the Golden Arm; or the jazzy score by Alan Silvestri for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, among others.


Tickets for this concert are no longer available (SOLD OUT!)

World Soundtrack Awards - Symphonic Jazz Concert – Classics Night


More information regarding this edition of the World Soundtrack Awards can be found here:


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