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The 45th Film Fest Gent is scheduled October 9th to 19th 2018. The deadline for applications is August 1st, 2018.

Film Fest Gent is Belgium’s most prominent annual film event. It started in 1974 and has developed into one of Europe’s foremost film events. Every year in October it presents some 100 feature films and 50 shorts from all over the world in various sections to an audience of over 100,000 spectators. Film Fest Gent is a competitive festival, focusing on “The Impact of Music on Film” at which some 12 feature fiction films compete for two prizes. The competing films are viewed by an international jury, which will pick out two films for following prizes:

  • The Grand Prix for the Best Film
  • The George Delerue Award for Best Music (Best Application of Music or sound design)

As to shorts we have a competition for European shorts (max. 30 minutes, main producer is European); and one for Belgian student shorts (max. 30 minutes, made at one of the official Belgian film schools). We also present a program of non-competing international shorts, for this section no restrictions as to production year or length are set.

We will expect to present the film in (at least) it’s Belgian première.

The 45th Film Fest Gent will once again include a wide choice of films from all over the world, mainly focusing on fiction films (long and short) and, to a lesser extent, to documentary (mainly focussing on music- or film linked themes). Animation is also included. The festival presents films in digital and 35mm formats.

Submissions are welcome until 1 August 2018 through the online entry form at 

Please note an entry fee is required to register:
• Entry fee shorts (max. 30 min): €20 / title
• Entry Medium Length films (31-69 min.): €30 / title
• Entry fee features (+70 min.): €50 / title

An e-mail stating the programme committee’s decision on the film’s entry for the festival programme will be sent within 5 weeks after receipt of your tape.

The entry of a film implies knowledge and acceptance of the regulations.