Corman eyes Plateau atop Flanders fest

Event to host inaugural ceremony of World Soundtrack Awards

The 28th Flanders International Film Festival, which kicks off today in Ghent, Belgium, will salute producer-director Roger Corman Friday with the Joseph Plateau Award for his achievements in film.

The Corman tribute will take place at the Kinepolis Theatre and include a retrospective of his most famous films.

The fest also will host the inaugural ceremony of the World Soundtrack Awards, taking place at the Bijloke Concert Hall on Oct. 18.

The Soundtrack Awards ceremony will precede a concert by composers Gabriel Yared and Elmer Bernstein, who is celebrating his 50th anniversary as a composer. Both are set to conduct the National Orchestra of Belgium under the musical supervision of Dirk Brosse.

The World Soundtrack Awards are being launched by the new World Soundtrack Academy, which is aimed at organizing and overseeing the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music and sound, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion.

The awards will include six categories: original film score, original song written directly for a film, most creative use of existing material on a soundtrack (music supervisor), film composer, score not released on an album and discovery of the year.

Eligible are all soundtracks/film scores released between Aug. 1, 2000, and July 31, 2001.

Other guests attending and being honored at this year’s festival include producers Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck, actor Alan Cumming (with his film “The Anniversary Party”) actor Djimon Hounsou and Roy Disney.

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