On March 4, 2002 U.S. composer Elmer Bernstein received the very first World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at an intimate ceremony that took place at the London Residence of the Ambassador of Belgium to the UK, H.E. Mr. Lode Willems. Elmer Bernstein was expected in Ghent last fall to give a concert of his film music, and to receive the award. The tragic events of September 11 however made it impossible for him to attend the festival.
The World Soundtrack Award is a new initiative developed by the Flanders International Film Festival – Ghent aimed at the promotion, education, preservation and recognition of film music as a true art form. Well over 150 composers from around the world have already joined the World Soundtrack Academy. Click here for more information.