categories

hover over 'info' after each category to check the criteria.

    the first 5 categories for direction - the music genre categories, are each sub-divided into uk, international and newcomer

  • best pop video  info

    best pop video

    open to any pop video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or client between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. you must select a sub-category: uk, international or newcomer.

    uk means a video for a uk artist (ie. a british passport holder)

    international means a video for a non-uk artist

    newcomer means a video for either a uk or international artist made for under £5000 (or equivalent). this category is designed to recognise newcomer directing talent.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • originality of concept
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the video in promoting or showcasing the music
  • best dance video  info

    best dance video

    this category is open to any dance video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or client between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. you must select a sub-category: uk, international or newcomer.

    uk means a video for a uk artist (ie. a british passport holder).

    international means a video for a non-uk artist.

    newcomer means a video for either a uk or international artist made for under £5000 (or equivalent). this category is designed to recognise newcomer directing talent.

    judging process

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • originality of concept
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the video in promoting or showcasing the music
  • best rock/indie video  info

    best rock/indie video

    this category is open to any indie/rock video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or client between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. you must select a sub-category: uk, international or newcomer.

    uk means a video for a uk artist (ie. a british passport holder).

    international means a video for a non-uk artist

    newcomer means a video for either a uk or international artist made for under £5000 (or equivalent). this category is designed to recognise newcomer directing talent.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • originality of concept
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the video in promoting or showcasing the music
  • best alternative video  info

    best alternative video

    this category is open to any alternative video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or client between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. you must select a sub-category: uk, international or newcomer.

    uk means a a video for a uk artist (ie. a british passport holder).

    international means a video for a non-uk artist.

    newcomer means that the music video was made for under £5000 (or equivalent). this category is open to uk and international submissions, but the budget must be translated into uk £.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • originality of concept
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the video in promoting or showcasing the music
  • best urban video  info

    best urban video

    this category is open to any urban video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or client between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. you must select a sub-category: uk, international or newcomer.

    uk means a video for a uk artist (ie. a british passport holder).

    international means a video for a non-uk artist.

    newcomer means a video for either a uk or international artist made for under £5000 (or equivalent). this category is designed to recognise newcomer directing talent.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • originality of concept
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the video in promoting or showcasing the music


  • best interactive video info

    best interactive video

    this category is open to any piece of work that uses interactivity to extend the boundaries of music video, and the visual representation and promotion of music generally, through innovative ideas and the creative use of technology.

    to qualify the work must have been completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • originality of concept
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the film in promoting or showcasing the artist, music or project for which it was created

    you will be required to upload either a link to the actual piece or a demo of it for judging. Where the piece is longer than a standard music video, a 3 minute excerpt will suffice.

  • best live music coverage info

    best live music coverage

    this category is open to any live music coverage shot and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. performances of single tracks will not be eligible

    the award will be made to the director of the video along with the commissioner.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the film in promoting or showcasing the music and/or artist

    you will be required to upload a 3 minute excerpt of your film to our online platform and provide the full length version on disc for the final judging session.

  • best music documentary info

    best music documentary

    this category is open to any music documentary delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. to qualify, the documentary must be solely about a music artist, band, label, studio, event or other music project.

    the award will be made to the director of the video along with the commissioner.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • technical expertise and execution
    • effectiveness of the film in promoting or showcasing the music and/or artist

    you will be required to upload a 3 minute excerpt of your film to our online platform and provide 8 copies of the full length version on disk .



  • best production design in a video info

    best production design in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 01 august 2015 and 31 july 2016

    the award is made to the art director or designer of the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the art direction and design to the final video
  • best styling in a video info

    best styling in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the stylist responsible for styling the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the styling to the final video
  • best cinematography in a video info

    best cinematography in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the cinematographer of the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the cinematography to the final video
  • best editing in a video info

    best editing in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the editor of the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the editing to the final video
  • best visual effects in a video info

    best visual effects in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the visual effects artist of the video

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the visual effects to the final video
  • best animation in a video info

    best animation in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the animator of the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the animation to the final video
  • best colour grade in a video info

    best colour grade in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the colourist of the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the colour grade to the final video
  • best choreography in a video info

    best choreography in a video

    this category is open to any music video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    the award is made to the choreographer of the video.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be asked to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

    • artistic merit
    • quality of execution
    • creative contribution of the choreography to the final video

  • best director info

    best director

    this category is open to anyone who, as the video director, completed and delivered 3 or more commissioned videos between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016

    entrants must include 3 links to pieces which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be looking for an exceptional body of work over the course of the past 12 months and not just one particular video.
  • best new director info

    best new director

    this category is for directors who had not made a commissioned music video prior to 1 january 2014. it is open to anyone who, as the video director, completed and delivered 2 or more commissioned music videos between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016

    entrants must  upload a minimum of 2 links to music videos which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016. alternatively one of your submitted links can be a music documentary.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be looking for an exceptional body of work over the course of the past 12 months and not just one particular video.
  • best producer info

    best producer

    this category is open to any video producer - or a producer and exec producer team - who has completed and delivered 3 or more commissioned music videos between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016

    entrants must include 3 links to music videos which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be looking for an exceptional body of work over the course of the past 12 months and not just the one particular video.
  • best commissioner info

    best commissioner

    this category is open to any video commissioner who has commissioned and received 5 or more completed music videos between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016

    entrants must include 5 links to music videos which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be looking for an exceptional body of work over the course of the past 12 months and not just one particular video.
  • best artist  info

    best video artist

    this category is open to any artist for whom 3 or more music videos were commissioned and completed between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    entrants must include 3 links to music videos which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2015 and 31 july 2016.

    judging criteria

    our judges will be looking for an exceptional body of work over the course of the past 12 months and not just one particular video.