Next event: June 9, Roundhouse Studio Theatre

Our next event will be examining the role of those essential players, and often unsung heroes, in the music video making process: the producers. We’ll be discussing the skills and attributes of a good producer with some of the UK’s leading lights.

MusicVidFest is a great chance for professionals from around the industry – and anyone looking to get into it – to get together for an evening of discussion and networking.

The session – Holding Out For A Hero: Why We Need Music Video Producers – will take place at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre on June 9, from 7pm.

Tickets cost £9.50. To find out more information and to purchase a ticket click here.

Hiive collaborates with MusicVidFest

The professional network for creative people, Hiive, is collaborating with MusicVidFest on our next event on May 6 at BFI Southbank.

As well as helping to publicise the event, the Hiive team will be in attendance on the evening and filming the panel session.
Check out Hiive now to find out some of the other events they’ve covered recently.

New MusicVidFest event announced – May 6

The latest in the series of MusicVidFest events will take place on May 6 at the BFI Southbank.

The evening session will see a panel of music video commissioners and directors reps discussing what artist and labels are looking for from directors and producers right now.

Commissioners and visual content managers for some of the UK’s leading artists and record labels, as well as a representative from one of the UK’s most successful directors rep agencies will make up the panel, moderated by MusicVidFest programmer and Promo News editor, David Knight.

Delivered in collaboration with Hiive, the professional network for creative people, this latest MusicVidFest event is expected to sell out quickly. Find out more here.

More speakers added!

With the first MusicVidFest, a one-day conference on the business of creativity in music videos, taking place in just over a week’s time at BFI Southbank in London, a number of panellists have now been confirmed to take part in the conference, together with a special presentation of the fantastic new autobiography by one of the pioneers of music video, Steve Barron.
In addition to the Grammy-winning video director Joseph Kahn starting the inaugural MusicVidFest on November 10th as keynote speaker, those taking part in the event include Jules De Chateleux of Division Paris, Jennifer Byrne of Dazed & Confused, James Hackett of Virgin EMI, Danielle Hinde from Doomsday Entertainment, Juliette Larthe from Prettybird UK, Mike O’Keefe from Sony Music, directors Sam Pilling, Vania Heymann and Georgia Hudson, and Matt Rennie, MD of Box Television.
With panels on areas of music video creativity – production, direction and commissioning – on new technical innovations, the numbers that reveal the power of music videos, and the future direction of the industry, MusicVidFest is shaping up to examine and address some of the key challenges and opportunities facing music video creators.
And music video directing legend Steve Barron will present extracts from his soon-to-be-published autobiographical memoir Egg n Chips & Billie Jean – all about his wild times as a top music video director in the 1980s. That comes at the climax of MusicVidFest, just a few hours before the big awards night of the year for music videos kicks off – the UK Music Video Awards 2014.
More panellists and contributors to the first MusicVidFest are expected to confirm in the next few days.
A combined MusicVidFest pass and UK Music Video Awards ticket is available at a reduced price until midnight on Friday 31st October, and is available to book online here.

Keynote speaker announced! Joseph Khan to open MusicVidFest

The team behind the UKMVAs and BUG bring you MusicVidFest, a one-day event designed to focus on the business of creativity in music videos.
The inaugural MusicVidFest will take place at BFI Southbank on November 10th ahead of the UKMVAs that evening and aims to create discussion and debate on key topics affecting the craft.
Kicking off the event will be Grammy Award winning US director Joseph Kahn, who has created videos for the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, U2, Wu-Tang Clan, Eminem, and Justin Timberlake and remains at the top of his game with recent videos for Mariah Carey, Britney Spears and Shakira. Kahn will open the event with a keynote speech, offering an insight into his years of experience, along with his views on the industry today and the future of music video.
The day will include panel discussions with leading lights of music video creativity in the UK and further afield, from producers and directors, to independent and label commissioners, managers and artists. It will also feature representatives from the key music video platforms, and will culminate in a Question Time on the future of music video where audience members will get the chance to quiz industry leaders on the burning issues affecting the craft.

UK Music Video Awards organisers announce launch of Music Vid Fest

The team behind the annual UK Music Video Awards have announced the launch of a brand new event to take place on the same day as the awards and to serve as a business generation and networking opportunity for professionals working in the industry.
Taking place at BFI Southbank, the one day event will offer presentations and discussion panels covering the hot topics facing the music video making community, and enable those working in the industry to share ideas and strategies for business growth and personal creative development.
Only a limited number of places are available for the event, and organisers are offering a discounted ticket price to those attending the Awards in the evening. For more information about ticket prices, visit the ukmva site.

new for 2014: entries accepted for best director, producer and commissioner awards

in previous years at the ukmvas, the individual awards for best director, best new director, best producer, and best commissioner have been voted for based on a longlist of suggestions compiled by the uk music video awards team.
this year, for the first time, these categories are open for entries, throwing the doors open to production companies, reps, labels and the individuals themselves to put themselves forward for the awards.
in order to qualify, directors and producers must submit links to 3 videos for which they were responsible and which were completed and delivered between 1 august 2013 and 31 july 2014. commissioners must submit links to 5 videos.
a new director is defined as one who had not made a commissioned music video prior to 1 january 2013. both this and the best director category are open to directing teams as well as individuals.
for more information, visit the official site.

new criteria for budget video categories

this year the criteria for the best budget videos – awarded in 5 genres: pop, dance, urban, rock/indie and alternative – state that any video made for under £5000 (or the equivalent in another currency) is eligible to enter. this is an increase from a budget level of £2000 in the past.
budget video categories are open to entries from all around the world, and aim to recognise the best of new film-making talent working in music videos.
the budget categories offer a chance for newer filmmakers in the industry to showcase their talents. they also offer independent artists and labels a chance to participate in the awards, and demonstrate the extent of their creativity regardless of cost pressures.
to enter, visit the official site.
last year’s winners in the budget video categories included zaiba jabbar’s video for tiny dancer’s ‘who am i’, ola martin fjeld’s video for pixel’s ‘call me’, stevie russell’s video for kodaline’s ‘all i want’, and lamar + nik’s video for lushlife’s ‘magnolia’.

2014 entry deadline: august 6

all entries for the uk music video awards 2014 must be made via the official website by august 6.
there are more than 30 categories available to enter, including awards for videos by genre, craft awards for art direction and choreography, recognition of technical excellence in post production, and awards for a body of work over the past year in the best director, new director, producer and commissioner categories.
to be eligible, videos must have been completed and delivered between august 1, 2013 and july 31, 2014.
for more information, visit the official site and check individual criteria for each category.

ukmva 2014 now open for entries!

we are now accepting entries in more than 30 categories via the UKMVA website.
if you would like to enter one of our awards, you have until 6 august 2014 to do so.
the eligibility period for all videos, ads, live films and interactive videos is for films made and delivered between 1 august 2013 and 31 july 2014.
the same period applies for videos submitted in support of an entry in the director, best director, producer, commissioner and best artist categories.

voting will begin in august, with second round judging in september and the final shortlists will be unveiled in october.

the ukmvas celebrate the very best of british and international music videos and the talent behind them. with a range of over 30 categories, the show will bring together well-established and up-and-coming directors, cinematographers, producers, editors, stylists, art directors, visual effects artists, animators, colourists and commissioners for one night to celebrate the most creative, innovative and successful music videos of the past 12 months.

go to the website now to find out more.