Julie Taymor's Titus will open the Flanders International Film Festival in Ghent (October 11-22) where it is screening out of competition. Terence Davies' The House Of Mirth, starring Gillian Anderson, will open the competitive section.

Morgan Freeman will be guest of honour at the festival, which is dedicated to exploring the impact of music on film. The US star will be the subject of a homage featuring such films as Seven and his current title, Under Suspicion. Also honoured is exploitation king Roger Corman.

Also competing are Denmark's The Bench (Per Fly); Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Liv Ullmann's Faithless; Amos Kollek's Fast Food, Fast Women; Karyn Kusama's Girlfight; Jung Ji Woo's Happy End; Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood For Love; Denis Dercourt's Lise Et Andre; Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Amores Perros; Alain de Halleux's Pleure Pas Germaine; Lukas Moodysson's Together; and Alex Stockman's Verboden Te Zuchten.

US producer Mace Neufeld presides over the jury which also includes composer Elia Cmiral, writer-director Christopher Hampton, producer Sally Hibbin, writer Bart Moeyaert, actress Molly Ringwald, director-producer Roland Verhavert and composer Henny Vrienten

Rounding out the festival are non-competition screenings for such films as The King Is Alive, Billy Elliot, Chicken Run and Topsy-Turvy. Side-bars and events include a Lars von Trier-laden section dedicated to Danish cinema and a concert by Hans Zimmer.