Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rupert Gregson-Williams main winners at World Soundtrack Awards – Film Fest Gent

The 17th World Soundtrack Awards have been awarded in Ghent on the 18th October . Jóhann Jóhannsson and Rupert Gregson-Williams won Best Film Composer of the Year and Best Television Composer of the Year respectively, while David Shire received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his entire career. Guest of honour during the concert following the awards ceremony was jazz composer Terence Blanchard.
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Film Fest Gent and World Soundtrack Awards present packed music programme

Film Fest Gent was founded in 1974 by Ben Ter Elst (Studio Skoop) and Dirk De Meyer (Universitaire Filmclub), joined by Jacques Dubrulle, and has since developed into one of Europe’s most prominent film events. Every year in October, the festival presents some 80 features and 50 shorts from all over the world. A range of different film programmes are showcased, attracting over 130,000 viewers each year. With its focus on film music, the festival has its own unique place among international festivals. Every year, the festival organises film music concerts, giving composers of film scores the platform they deserve. Trade paper Variety placed the festival in its top 50 must attend festivals of the world because of this focus on (film) music.
Since 2001, Film Fest Gent has been organising he World Soundtrack Awards, which are the most prestigious soundtrack awards in the world. Each year, the best composers of film music are honoured and receive international recognition for their work.
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Officials Awards – 74th Venice International Film Festival – #Venezia74

The Venezia 74 Jury, chaired by Annette Bening, and comprised of Ildikó Enyedi, Michel Franco, Rebecca Hall, Anna Mouglalis, David Stratton, Jasmine Trinca, Edgar Wright and Yonfan having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:
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Open letter: Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen

Joint NGO letter to Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Urgent Need for Independent International Inquiry on Yemen

We, the undersigned nongovernmental organizations, urge you to support the creation of an independent international investigation into violations and abuses of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Yemen since the start of the current conflict. This is a call that has been made since 2015 by national, regional, and international civil society organizations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the Security Council Panel of Experts on Yemen. The number of abuses, and the need for credible international investigations, has only increased since 2015.
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Cinema for Peace in Hamburg: G20 Screening Series

Shop owners are building barricades, people are fleeing the city, demonstrators are clashing with the police and the German agency for fighting crime LKA is predicting sabotage and fire in the next days – the G20 Summit has finally arrived in Hamburg. To oppose violence, Cinema for Peace is planning to show to protesters at the hotspots Schanzenviertel, Stadtpark and Entenwerder the film Everyday Rebellion as an example for nonviolent resistance.
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Cannes 2017 : The Critics Awards

The FIPRESCI Jury awarded three prizes: two in the Official Selection – one for the Competition and one for Un Certain Regard –, and a third one for either The Critics Week or the Directors’ Fortnight.
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Ibn Rushd Prize 2017 Call for Nominations: Combatting Corruption

The Ibn Rushd Prize 2017 calls for a person, organisation or institution that has made an outstanding contribution to combatting corruption

In many parts of the world social inequality is striking. Equal opportunities are an illusion for an overwhelming number of people.

No society is free from corruption, but corruption in the public and in the private sector in the Arab World is currently growing to an unprecedented scale. Of the countries surveyed by Transparency International around the world, Syria is in the fourth-to-last position (No. 173), Yemen, Sudan and Libya score slightly better, while Iraq (position 166) is only four places ahead of Afghanistan, Lebanon is ranked 136th, and Egypt and Algeria share position 108.
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