Four regional composers have been selected for Screenworks’ 2020 Screen Composing Bootcamp.

Each will now receive six weeks of mentoring from highly acclaimed Australian composers giving them the opportunity to showcase their talents and advance their careers. Now in its 3rd year, this is the first time the program has been opened to composers from anywhere in regional Australia. The program is delivered by Screenworks with support from APRA AMCOS.

The four regional composers selected for the 2020 Screen Composing Bootcamp are:

Andre Pangrazio from Warrnambool in regional Victoria who will be mentored by Petra Salsjö (Miro, The Telegram Man)

Anna Rankmore from Muswellbrook in regional NSW who will be mentored by Amanda Brown (Babyteeth, The Secrets She Keeps)

Bianca Gannon from the Mornington Peninsula in regional Victoria who will be mentored by Tim Count (Surfing The Menu, 3rd Night)

Jenny Hanson from Bend of Islands in regional Victoria who will be mentored by Matt Blackman (No Activity, Mr Black)

Each mentor will assist their mentee with skills development over a 6-week “Bootcamp” style program by giving industry briefs and feedback, in addition to demonstrating how they work. This program is designed to provide opportunities to increase the experience and confidence of the participants in order to advance their capacity for composing music for the screen. Participants will immerse themselves in the business of screen composing.


This is an outcome-focused mentoring program for four emerging screen composers living in regional Australia.

The 4 participants will now meet with their selected screen composers to discuss mentoring expectations and the content of the Bootcamp.

Upon completion, each mentoree will be required to deliver a report detailing the opportunities that the APRA AMCOS Bootcamp has presented and how this has influenced their career plans.

The opportunities offered by the 2020 Screen Composing Bootcamp can be broken down thus:


Each week, the selected mentorees will receive an industry-standard brief from their mentor, to be answered remotely within 7 days, after which their mentors will issue their feedback remotely.

The work experience component of the Bootcamp is currently on hold due to the Covid-19 situation. We will work with participants to provide face to face opportunities later in the year.


Matt Blackman (based in the Northern Rivers of NSW):

Matt is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and general music nerd with a strong love of creative collaboration with screen storytellers and music supervisors. He likes to delve in Orchestral Score, Electronica, Minimal Atmospheric, Oddball Acoustic, Heavy Rock, and whatever other curveballs may be required for a project to find its final vision. Some of Matts credits include; No Activity – Composer, 24 episodes USA | CBS/Stan | Funny Or Die, 2017-2019, Mr Black – Composer, 8 episodes Australia | Ten | CJZ, 2019.

Amanda Brown (based in Sydney):

Amanda Brown has been composing music for the screen since graduating from AFTRS in 2000. She has written the scores for several feature films including Babyteeth, Kairos, The Family, UnIndian, Son of a Lion and Look Both Ways. She has a long list of television music credits, most recently the six-part drama series The Secrets She Keeps for Channel 10 and Lingo Pictures. 

In 2019 Amanda won the Soundtrack Stars Critics Award in Venice for Babyteeth. She has released multiple soundtrack albums in addition to an extensive discography of work with a range of artists including Silverchair, The Vines, Youth Group and The Church.

Amanda has also had a career as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands. She was a member of The Go-Betweens and has worked with artists including R.E.M, The Apartments and Toni Collette. In 2020 Amanda and Jodi Phillis’ orchestral score for Encounter with FORM Dance and Fling! Physical Theatre was performed by the WSYO at Parramatta for the Sydney Festival.

Amanda is a writer-director board member and screen music ambassador for APRA, the Australian Performing Rights Association.

(Image credit, Lisa Businovski)

Tim Count (based in Perth): 

Graduated from jazz piano and arranging at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and continued to lecture in music technology and composition at WAAPA on a sessional basis. Is a member of Australian Guild of Screen Composers, British Designers and Art Directors, APRA, and Australian Screen Sound Guild.

Tim Count has won the advertising industry’s Upson Medal for Sound three times. Scored 5 x 8 part series ‘Surfing the Menu’. Nominated for best music in a documentary at the 2015 Australian Screen Music Awards. Composed the score and produced audio (dialogue editing, sound design, foley) for feature film 3 rd Night released in 2017. Scored and sound designed 4 x 1 hour documentaries (End of Empire) for Foxtel History channel released late 2018. Scored and sound designed 4 x 30 min documentaries (Turning Point) also for Foxtel History channel released in late 2018. Scored ‘Ningaloo’ and ‘Whale Super Highway’ Both 45 minute documentaries for a 5.1 dome theatre experience. 2019. Have commenced scoring feature film ‘Great White’ to be completed in June 2020, released 2021.

Australian Rock Symphony – This project involved sensitive interaction with the artists, adapting the iconic songs into an orchestral environment yet remaining accessible to the audience. It also involved the ability to converse between two genres of musicians. The artists were Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls), Baby Animals and Diesel. The orchestras were handpicked from within each city on the national tour. Has been the music director for 2016 -2017 Variety Carols in the Park.

Petra Salsjö (based in Melbourne): 

Petra Salsjö is a composer who has immersed herself in every area of music making. A classically trained pianist, she is a graduate of AFTRS, University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts (Improvisation with first class honours), as well as the Verbier Music Festival Academy (Switzerland).

Her first feature was nominated for Best Original Soundtrack at the 2016 Sydney Indie Film Festival. She received Best Original Score for short films ‘Miro’ and ‘The Telegram Man’… which went on to receive a BAFTA LA, plus over 50 national and international awards and was screened at the Gallipoli Dawn Service from 2013 to 2019. It has now been archived by the American Academy of Motion Pictures in Hollywood.

Petra has independently released two albums of her own music, toured nationally, received high rotation airplay and collaborated with some of Australia’s finest musicians and songwriters. In 2019 Petra was invited to become a board member for the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC), a role she still enjoys. Within this, she chairs the Awards Committee and is a Victorian representative for the Gender Equality Committee.

Petra is a regular panelist and guest speaker at various domestic and international music, film and educational events including her recent keynote speaker and workshop presentation at ‘Spark,’ the renowned New Zealand multi media festival.


Screenworks’ Screen Composing Bootcamp 2020 is a targeted mentorship program supported by APRA AMCOS 


APRA AMCOS is a key business partner to Australasian music creators. We have 103,000 members who are songwriters, composers and music publishers. We license organisations to play, perform, copy or record our members’ music, and we distribute the royalties to our members.

As a world-leading organisation invested in the future of music, APRA AMCOS enables music creators and customers to maximise the value music brings to business and life. We achieve this through a simple and effective licensing framework, and providing holistic industry support – from education, to live music, export, creators’ rights advocacy and recognition through our high profile awards and events program.

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