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Composer Caitlin Yeo wins Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award

Tip Published Monday 27 June 2022
Caitlin Yeo received her UNESCO City of Film Award at the Sydney Film Festival

Caitlin Yeo is the first composer to receive the prestigious Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award

The award recognises Caitlin’s significant contribution to the strengthening of the local screen industry

Caitlin shares her insights on working as a screen composer

Our congratulations to celebrated screen composer and APRA AMCOS Ambassador Caitlin Yeo, who is this year’s recipient of the Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award. The award was presented to Caitlin at the closing night of the 69th Sydney Film Festival.

The prestigious award is presented annually by Screen NSW to an outstanding NSW-based screen practitioner whose work stands for innovation, imagination and impact. Caitlin is the first composer to receive the award. As well as being acknowledged for her powerful, emotive and creative work, she was recognised for being a champion for female composers. Filmmaker Sally Aitkin paid tribute to her skills as a creative powerhouse.

“I am absolutely overwhelmed to receive the news that I am the recipient of the 2022 Sydney UNESCO City of Film Award. As a screen composer, it is especially humbling to be recognised for my work,” Caitlin said.

“I would like to thank all the amazing filmmakers I have worked with in my career for sharing a desire to push the boundaries of what music can do, how it is created, and its poetic ability to illuminate vision. We are all allies together, and of course, my music would not exist if it were not for the remarkable Australian stories, I have had the privilege to compose for.”

Caitlin’s work spans more than 60 film and TV credits. She’s recently composed the music for the crime drama series True Colours, the comedy drama series The PM’s Daughter and drama series New Gold Mountain. Her APRA Screen Music Awards success includes wins in Documentary Score (Playing with Sharks, Getting Frank Gehry, Bomb Harvest), Feature Film Score (Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan, The Butterfly Tree, The Rocket), and Soundtrack Album (The Butterfly Tree); as well as nominations across many categories over the past ten years. She’s also been awarded multiple AACTA Awards.

Considering this honour, we asked Caitlin to share her wisdom and insights on composing for the screen.