The 35th Ghent International Film Festival (October 7-18) will screen 131 films from 45 countries.
The event will also feature industry events, five major film music concerts and an exhibitions devoted to Harold Lloyd.
Ghent begins with a screening ofWoody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona before its official opening night film, Tom McCarthy's The Visitor.
The event closes on October 17 with Darren Aronofsky's Golden Lion winner The Wrestler.
Among the highlights of the event will be the presentation of the Joseph Plateau Award for career achievement to three-times Oscar-winning producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald on October 13. The festival will also screen the duo's The Burning Plain with writer-director Guillermo Arriaga in attendance.
Other VIPS attending this year include Oscar nominated actor Woody Harrelson, French actress Emmanuelle Beart, Iranian director/writer Samira Makhmalbaf, Singapore based director/writer/producer Eric Khoo, Brazilian director/writer/producer Walter Salles and director Gregory King who will each introduce their latest films.
Special attention will also be paid to Belgian film with the honorary doctorate for Raoul Servais, and the Belgian premières of Unspoken (Fien Troch), Vinyan (Fabrice du Welz) and Elève Libre (Joachim Lafosse).
The film music concerts are a particular strenth of Ghent with five orchestral concerts taking place
October 12: Brussels Philarmonic Orchestra plays the music of John Williams.
October 15: Tribute concert for Anthony Minghella, featuring classic Gabriel Yared score.
October 16:Darren Aronofsky collaborator Clint Mansell
October 17: Folk group Kadril
October 18: World Soundtrack Awards, with performances from Dario Marianelli and Angelo Badalamenti.