This week, on 19 October, the World Soundtrack Academy announced the winners of the 2016 World Soundtrack Awards in Capitole, Ghent. Film Fest Gent celebrated its 16th edition of the World Soundtrack Awards by focusing on television scores. Brussels Philharmonic and the Flemish Radio Choir performed scores from the most beloved television shows in recent history, conducted by Music Director Dirk Brossé.

The winners of this year’s World Soundtrack Awards

Sabam Award
Sándor Török

Best Original Score for a Belgian Production
‘Cafard’ by Hans Helewaut

Best Original Song written directly for a Film
‘None of Them Are You’ from ‘Anomalisa’
music & lyrics by Carter Burwell & Charlie Kaufman

Discovery of the Year
Joe Kraemer for ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’

Public Choice
‘Carol’ by Carter Burwell

Television Composer of the Year
Jeff Beal

Film Composer of the Year
Carter Burwell

Lifetime Achievement Award
Ryuichi Sakamoto

In the cover photo you can see Sándor Török, Jeff Beal, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dirk Brossé and Hans Helewaut (from left to right).

Just a few hours ago the concert was repeated but without the ceremony and with additional music. Highlights from the Gala’s programme were performed again but with the addition of tunes from classic television series, such as ‘Star Trek’, ‘Dynasty’, ‘The Simpsons’ and ‘Twin Peaks’.

About the World Soundtrack Awards

The World Soundtrack Academy aims at supporting film, and now television music, sound design, composers and their worldwide promotion. In fifteen years time, the membership of the WSAcademy has grown into a group of 370 international film (music) professionals deciding on the nominees for the annual World Soundtrack Awards through several rounds of voting.

Those who can’t get enough of Ryuichi Sakamoto can purchase the collection album with his best work, performed by Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. The recordings took place in Flagey and was crowdfunded by his fans. The album, that is for sale on the webshop of Film Fest Gent, includes tracks from ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ and ‘The Revenant’.

The 43rd Film Fest Gent runs from 11 to 21 October in Kinepolis Gent, Studio Skoop, Sphinx, Vooruit, KASKcinema and Capitole. You can find info and tickets on

Photo Credit: Jerroen Willems 

Posted by Peter F. Ebbinghaus

Based in Berlin, Germany. Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief. Music Producer at Eon Sounds Productions. Founder of Composers for Relief. Keeps Moving.

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