The Film Fest Gent has become a not-to-be-missed event on the Flemish and international cultural scene. It owes its success to an infallible formula: a Belgian premiere of more than 100 quality films and major film music concerts by top composers.

Every year, 100,000 people visit Ghent and enjoy films, concerts and talks during Film Fest Gent, Belgium’s biggest international film festival.

The movies shown during the festival are mainly films that are not in the regular offer in Belgium. Additionally, numerous films find their way to the Belgian audience through pre-premières at this festival.

Film Fest Gent also pays a lot of attention to film music.


Awards are presented each year during Film Fest Gent:

  • Official Competition (for best film)
  • World Soundtrack Awards
  • Joseph Plateau Honorary Award (for festival guests who have left an indelible mark on filmmaking)
  • International Short Film competition
  • Competition for Best Belgian Student Short
  • Explore Zone (for films for and by young people)
  • North Sea Port Audience Award

Fiftieth edition

2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Film Fest Gent. This calls for celebrations throughout the year. The cherry on the (birthday) cake will be when all films of the past few years will become available on the website. 

Film Fest full programme

Go to the website to view the full programme.

This activity takes place on a location within the low emission zone

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