Added on Friday, March 10, 2023 Posted by Tim Horemans
Film Fest Gent presents PRESS PLAY: Music in Games Concert | 19.10 | Tickets now available!
Film Fest Gent presents the PRESS PLAY: Music in Games concert on Thursday 19 October 2023, which will bring music composed for video games to life. The music by, among others, composer Austin Wintory - known for award-winning games such as Journey, Abzű and Assassin's Creed Syndicate and who will also be hosting the concert - will be performed live by Brussels Philharmonic. Film Fest Gent is also launching a new international music award, one that celebrates the best original score for a video game and/or other interactive media: the WSA Game Music Award, a prize chosen by the public.
Game music anno 2023 has become a genre in its own right, playing a crucial role in immersing players in virtual worlds and accompanying the story. With fewer and fewer composers distinguishing between composing for movies and video games, Film Fest Gent wants to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of composers who create music for video games.
A new music award, the WSA Game Music Award, will be presented to the best original score for a video game and/or other interactive media starting from 2023. In addition, Film Fest Gent's annual film music concert will also focus on music in games this year.
First name: Austin Wintory
The host of the PRESS PLAY: Music in Games concert - and thus the first official guest - is Austin Wintory, whose music will be performed live. His best-known works for video game music are his scores for the games Journey, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Abzű and Flow. His soundtrack for Journey made history in 2013 as the first and only video game score to receive a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. Back in 2021, he was a guest at Film Fest Gent during the WSA Film Music Days for a Composer's Talk to reflect on his career as a composer and his experiences with remuneration in the industry. Austin Wintory's work will be played, and as a composer who has also fought to give game music the necessary recognition as a genre, he will also present the concert.