You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ghent fest faces 15% funding cut

Flemish government to withdraw funding

BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public.

Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it had passed a business assessment but failed on artistic merit.

Fest organizers subsequently talked the assessment panels around, but despite receiving a double thumbs-up in the latest reports the recommendation is still for zero funding in 2013-14.

Austerity conditions and the number of bids mean that a positive assessment does not automatically open the government’s wallet.

A final decision from the Flemish culture minister is due at the end of June.

Until then, the fest is unwilling to comment on the consequences of losing this coin.

“We are hopeful that the advice will not be followed by the Flemish government,” fest topper Jacques Dubrulle said. He added that there would be no impact on this year’s fest or World Soundtrack Awards.

More Film

  • 'This Is Me' Catapults 'Greatest Showman'

    'This Is Me' Catapults 'Greatest Showman' Soundtrack Toward One Billion Streams

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

  • Rex Pickett

    Rex Pickett's Drama 'Repairman' Moving Forward as a Movie

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

  • moviepass card

    MoviePass Sues Subscription Rival Sinemia for Patent Infringement

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

  • Octavia Spencer Isabela Moner

    Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner Join Mark Wahlberg's 'Instant Family'

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

  • Gabrielle Carteris SAG AFRA PRESIDENT

    SAG-AFTRA's Gabrielle Carteris Blasts Ruling on Actor-Age Censorship Law

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

  • Bat Girl Directors Search

    Why a Female Director Can Give Us the 'Batgirl' We Deserve

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

  • Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER..L to R:

    'Black Panther' Eyes Fifth-Highest-Grossing Second Weekend at U.S. Box Office

    BRUSSELS — Fears that the Ghent Film Festival, which hosts the World Soundtrack Awards, will lose its funding from the Flemish government were confirmed over the weekend when reports recommending spending priorities were made public. Ghent receives 15% of its budget, €620,000 ($770,000) each year, from the regional government. It heard in April that it […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content