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2015 Tropscore Winner Announced

Jasmine Crittenden
| December 8, 2015

Sydney-based composer Henrique Dib won the 2015 Tropscore competition, APRA AMCOS announced on Thursday 3 December. He received $5,000 for his score of Diana Olifirova’s short film Mirror.

The competitive list of finalists included Marcus Skinner, Xianzhou Lin, Eddie Sikorski, Robert John Sedky and Alana Patmore. Their entries were judged by a panel consisting of Victoria Kelly, David Long, Stephen Gallagher, Tom McLeod, David Chapman and Adam Gock.

Mr Dib has made the Tropscore shortlist three times before. He was also a finalist in APRA’s 2015 Professional Development Awards and has received six nominations in the APRA/AGSC Screen Music Awards.

“Henri has been nominated for a number of awards over the past few years, which is a testament to his unique talent,” said Michelle O’Donnell, manager of film and TV at APRA AMCOS. “I am really thrilled that, finally, all his hard work has been recognised … Henri is a great role model for other composers trying to make their mark – just keep trying and never give up.”

Mr Dib said, “I would like to thank APRA AMCOS and the Tropscore organisers for this wonderful opportunity to showcase my work. I feel humbled and honoured to receive this title among so many talented screen composers. I know how hard it is to be a film and media composer in Australia, but I also know that, with hard work, discipline, passion and the right attitude, nothing is impossible. I hope this award opens more doors to bigger projects and collaborations in the industry, both in Australia and overseas. I will certainly do my very best for it to happen! And last but not least, I would like to thank my wonderful wife, my amazing family and my dear friends for all the ongoing support!”

Tropfest 2015, initially scheduled for early December, was cancelled in November in a shock announcement, with founder John Polson blaming mismanagement of funds. However, thanks to sponsorship from CGU Insurance, the event is now set to run on 14 February, 2016.

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