Score a win at Tropfest: entries for Tropscore now open

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Tropfest, one of the world’s largest competitions for short films, announced today that entries for Tropscore are now open. The prize aims for entrants to score music for a 3-minute film.

The $5000 prize is sponsored by The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), and the winner will also have their score played at Tropfest on 19 February 2012.

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What do the films American Beauty, Inception, Jaws and Star Wars have in common?  Their scores are as iconic and memorable as the stories they tell. Since the dawn of motion pictures, music has played an integral part of the cinematic experience. Whether to heighten drama, advance a story, to scare or to mislead.

If you think you have the talent to create an incredible score, APRA Tropscore wants you to enter an original musical score or synch, for a three minute short film.  The short film, Returning, has been created by emerging Australian filmmaker, Amelia Olsen-Boyd.  Entries must be in by Thursday 12 January, 2012.

For the first time the region’s definitive music rights body The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) joins forces with the world’s largest short film festival Tropfest to support Tropscore. 

Musicians, bands, composers, and anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be the next big thing in film music, are being encouraged to enter the 2012 competition.

The winner will receive $5,000 cash, thanks to APRA, as well as a once in a life time chance to perform or have their score performed in-front of thousands of film fans at Movie Extra Tropfest Australia live in Sydney on Sunday 19 February 2012.

The winning score is picked by a panel of judges, which in past years have included – Paul MacClare BowditchAntony Partos (Animal Kingdom); and Andrew Lancaster (Accidents Happen with Gina Davis).

Musician Pluto Jonze won Tropscore in 2009 and has since nabbed a recording contract, released an EP, and works with hot ticket bands like The Jezebels, Cut Copy, The Holidays and Midnight Juggernauts.

“Winning and playing the score live in The Domain to tens of thousands is something I will never forget,” says Jonze.

“It gave me the confidence to whole-heartedly pursue my musical ambitions.”

“Tropscore was a real stepping stone for me and a great opportunity not just for classical composers, but for young bands and artists to explore their craft,” he says.

Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson says “I’m incredibly excited to have APRA on board as our sponsor for Tropscore as we head into our 20th year.”

“APRA has a long history of supporting emerging artists.  Tropfest’s music competition Tropscore provides an important opportunity for artists to showcase their talents to the film industry and has helped launch many a career.  It’s a natural fit,” says Polson.

Speaking in support of the APRA Tropscore competition; APRA Member musician, singer and composer Lisa Gerrard says, “Tropscore is a way to open a path for the passive to bring wisdom, and a way for innocence to bring harmony.”

Gerrard encourages emerging artists to join in the dance and celebrate the voices of those who otherwise might never be heared.

Gerrard is the composer of various award winning body of works, having scored or contributed to film such as Gladiator, Insider, Whale Rider, Black Hawk Down & Balibo.

To be a part of APRA TROPSCORE 2012, visit  for all the information you need on how to enter and to download the 3-minute clip.