Henrique Dib crowned APRA Tropscore winner
Image: Dib with APRABoard Member/The Go-Betweens memberAmanda Brown
Henrique Dib has been announced as this year’s APRA Tropscore winner. Themulti-award-winning professional musician based out of Potts Point in Sydney has been a regular contender in past years and has finally been awarded the honour, which sees him take home $5,000 in prize money.
Dib took out the top honours for Australia’s largest film score competition with his score for the short film Mirror by Diana Olifirova.
Dib is no stranger to the movie scene, in the past three years he’s composed for over 60 projects including feature and short films, documentaries, animations, trailers, television, commercials, commissions, and concert music. Graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium in 2009 with a first-class honours degree in composition and the University of Sydney Medal, Dib has been a shining prospect in the composition world. Receiving 14 composition scholarships during his studies, Dib also received the highly coveted USYD’s International Merit Scholarship for five consecutive years.
As the sister competition to short film festival Tropfest, Tropscore has had its share of controversy this year. This year saw hundreds protest a dark comedy entrant that highlighted significant domestic violence abuse. After the film was finally pulled by organisers, APRA AMOCOS issued this statement: “APRA AMCOS wishes to unreservedly apologise for any distress caused by our association with the film Remote, selected for this year’s Tropscore competition.”
In reference to Dib’s achievements APRA AMCOS Manager of Film and TV Michelle O’Donnell said: “I am really thrilled that finally all his hard work has been recognised and he is our winner for Tropscore 2015. Henri is a great role model for other composers trying to make their mark – just keep trying and never give up.”
Dibs stated in his acceptance speech: “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.
Watch Dib’s entry below: