After announcing the nominees for Best Composer, Score and Song, the World Soundtrack Academy now released the second wave of nominees for Best Original Score for a Belgian Production, Discovery of the Year, SABAM Award for Best Young International Composer and Public Choice Award.

For the second year in a row, the award for Best Original Score for a Belgian Production will be given to one of the three nominees who recently scored a Belgian film. The WSAcadamy has nominated Jef Neve for his score for ‘Speechless’, American musician Johnny Jewel for ‘Home’ and Jean-Luc Fafchamps for Film Fest Gent’s opening film this year, ‘Insyriated’.

With the Discovery of the Year Award, the WSAwards wants to reward and stimulate young international talented composers. Next to receiving a prize, the winner is also invited to perform at the 2018 WSAwards ceremony. Three other young composers will also have the opportunity of winning the Sabam Award For Best Young International Composer, worth 2.500 Euro. The candidates were assigned to compose a score for a selected scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s ‘Il Conformista’, within the context of Film Fest Gent’s Italian focus of this year. The jury consisted out of Film Fest Gent’s Music Director Dirk Brossé, Artistic Director Patrick Duynslaegher, composers Hans Helewaut and Michel Herr, Stefan Rycken and director Cecilia Verheyden.

During the 17th award ceremony, the winner of the Public Choice Award will also be announced. One of the five nominees will receive the prize of the public on 18 October at Capitole, Ghent.

As previously announced, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to David Shire (‘The Conversation’, ‘All the President’s Men’). After the award ceremony, Brussels Philharmonic together with a few jazz solists, will perform selected work by Terence Blanchard, who served as a composer for many Spike Lee films (‘Mo’ Better Blues’, ‘Malcolm X’, ’25th Hour’). The annual Film Fest album will be available from then on, this year with Blanchard’s work. Discovery of 2016 Joe Kraemer (‘The Way of the Gun’, ‘Jack Reacher’, ‘Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation’) will also perform that evening.


Best Original Score for a Belgian Production
Jean-Luc Fafchamps: ‘Insyriated’ by Philppe van Leeuw
Johnny Jewel: ‘Home’ by Fien Troch
Jef Neve: ‘Speechless’ by Hilde Van Mieghem

Discovery of the Year 2017
Michael Abels: ‘Get Out’
Nicholas Britell: ‘Moonlight’
Dan Jones: ‘Lady Macbeth’
Rael Jones: ‘My Cousin Rachel’
Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka: ‘Lion’

Read also:  Get Out soundtrack by Michael Abels released

SABAM Award for the Most Original Composition by a Young International
Gavin Brivik (US)
Andrea Grant (IT)
Jim David van der Panne (NL)

Read also:  Moonlight Soundtrack by Nicholas Britell released

Public Choice Award
Jóhann Jóhannsson: ‘Arrival’
Diego Navarro: ‘Pasaje al amanecer’
A.R. Rahman: ‘Viceroy’s House’
Alejandro Vivas: ‘El jugador de ajedrez’
Michael Wandmacher: ‘Voice from the Stone’ (end theme co-written with Amy Lee)

Read also:  Dustin O'Holloran and Hauschka's Soundtrack for Lion to be released

Michael Wandmacher about his Public Choice Award nomination: “It’s a great honor to be recognized by the World Soundtrack Awards and even more special that my Voice From the Stone score resonated with listeners so much they voted for it to become one of their Public Choice nominations. That truly is the icing on the cake. Composing the score for Voice From the Stone was an amazing experience and I’m thrilled that audiences are enjoying the music.”

About the World Soundtrack Academy

The World Soundtrack Academy has been supporting for already 17 years original scores, sound design, composers, and even TV music since last year. The WSAcademy membership has become an impressive group of 370 film (music) professionals who vote every year for the WSA nominees in several ballots.

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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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