Tropfest calls all music composers

[press release from Spin PR]

What would Star Wars be without John Williams’ electrifying symphonic score? Can you imagine an Indiana Jones film with no galloping composition accompanying the action? It cannot be denied, music plays an integral part in the art of filmmaking, often defining memorable cinematic moments.

To celebrate the power of the score, Movie Extra Tropfest, in partnership with MAX, today announced an incredible new national competition where film and music come together like never before – MAX TROPSCORE.

An exciting new addition to Movie Extra Tropfest 2009, MAX TROPSCORE has been created to recognise and reward the contribution musicians make to filmmaking.

“The MAX TROPSCORE competition marks a significant milestone for Tropfest and adds an exciting dimension to Tropfest’s dynamic festival line up. In launching this exciting initiative not only are we marrying together the key elements of any great film – sound and vision – but also providing a creative platform for engaging talented musicians and composers to participate in the craft of short filmmaking,” said John Polson, Tropfest Director and Founder.

“Now in its 17th year and as the world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest has a unique role in encouraging creative people to participate in filmmaking and we’re proud to launch an initiative which celebrates the fundamental role of sound and music in bringing a great film to life.”

“Movie Extra Tropfest has become an institution on the calendars of filmmakers and film lovers alike,” said Shaun James, General Manager, XYZnetworks Music Channels. “We’re incredibly excited about the inaugural MAX TROPSCORE competition as for the first time we are recognising the importance and impact that music can have on a visual piece of work. MAX is a 24-hour TV channel dedicated to music and the stories behind the artists. Collaborating with Movie Extra Tropfest on this initiative to give musicians another outlet to showcase their craft is extremely rewarding.”

MAX TROPSCORE entrants must create an original musical score or synch for a three minute short film that has been produced by Luke Eve, one of Australia’s most exciting and in-demand young directors and producers. The competition is open from Friday 31 October 2008 until Thursday 8 January 2009.

The winner of MAX TROPSCORE 2009 will have the opportunity to: perform their score at Movie Extra Tropfest 2009, do a live performance on MAX, and have their piece included on the 2009 Movie Extra Tropfest Finalist DVD in The Sydney Morning Herald. They will also win a Gibson prize package with more fantastic prizes to come. Conditions apply.

To be a part of MAX TROPSCORE 2009, register your entry online at and supply your completed score or synch compiled with the vision on DVD to Movie Extra Tropfest by Thursday 8 January 2009. The winner will be revealed at Movie Extra Tropfest on Sunday 22 February 2009. Full terms and conditions are available on the website.

This is an amazing opportunity for entrants to showcase their work as the competition is open to experienced and amateur musicians, composers and artists of all ages.

MAX TROPSCORE is produced by Movie Extra Tropfest in association with principal partner MAX. The competition is supported by Street Press Australia and Gibson.