Mychael Danna is Best Film Composer of the Year at the 13th World Soundtrack Awards & Concert

Published on 19/10/2013

The World Soundtrack Academy announced tonight the winners of the World Soundtrack Awards 2013, the closing event of the 40th Film Fest Gent.

Mychael Danna received two awards this evening for ‘Life of Pi’, namely that of Film Composer of the Year and Best Original Film Score of the Year. Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film is Skyfall performed by Adele. The discovery of last year’s festival program was undoubtedly Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin with their ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’. They were now awarded the Discovery of the Year for the music they wrote for the film. The audience could also vote for their favorite. The Public Choice Award goes to Rahman Altin for "The Butterfly's Dream '(Kelebeğin Rüyası).

After the awards ceremony, Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé performed a selection of the incredibly rich and varied film compositions of French director Alexandre Desplat. Some film scores from the Discovery winner of last year – Brian Byrne (‘Albert Nobbs’) – and from the Lifetime Achievement Acard recipient – Riz Ortolani – were also performed by the Brussels Philharmonic.

The winners are:

Film Composer of the Year
Mychael Danna  (‘Life of Pi’)

Best Original Film Score of the Year 2012
Life of Pi by Mychael Danna

Best Original Song written for a Film
Skyfall from ‘Skyfall’
Music & lyrics: Adele & Paul Epworth / performed by Adele

Discovery of the Year
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin for ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

Public Choice Award
Rahman Altin for ‘The Butterfly’s Dream’ (Kelebeğin Rüyası)

Sabam Award for Best Young European Composer
Gilles Alonzo

Lifetime Achievement Award
Riz Ortolani