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50th Film Fest Gent  

Gent, Belgium, October 10 to 22, 2023


(Features and Shorts) 

The Film Fest Gent is currently accepting entries for its 2023 edition.  


  • Submission format: Secured online screener 
  • Competitive: Yes 
  • Entry fees: Yes 
  • Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival.  



Since its first edition in 1974, Film Fest Gent has grown into the largest film festival in Belgium with more than 100,000 visitors every year. For decades, Film Fest Gent has put the spotlight on film music, which makes it unique on the film festival calendar. Since 2001, Film Fest Gent has presented the World Soundtrack Awards, a series of prizes for the best soundtrack for films and television. 

Film Fest Gent annually invites between 12 to 15 films for its thematic competition focusing the jury’s and audience’s attention to the creative contribution of the soundtrack/music to the overall effect of a film. An international jury then presents the winners of the Grand Prix for Best Film and the Georges Delerue Award for Best Music or Best Application of Music or Best Sound Design. 

Film Fest Gent also organizes a competition for international shorts. The purpose of this competition is to underline the importance of the short film genre and to encourage (young) directors. The international jury of the Gent International Film Festival will award one film the Film Fest Gent Best International Short Film Award 2023 consisting of a cash grant of €5.000 for the director. 

In 2022, Falcon Lake (C. Le bon) and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman (P. Földes), Film, the Living Record of our Memory (I. Toharia) and Joutel (A-J. Dubé) were presented at the festival. 

Telefilm Canada recognizes a feature film selection in this festival and may provide assistance through the International Promotion Program

Promotion and Communications 
Telefilm Canada, Montréal 
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