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

    this category is open to any pop video completed and delivered to the commissioning company or client between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017. 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 2016 and 31 july 2017. 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 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 2016 and 31 july 2017. 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 2016 and 31 july 2017. 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 2016 and 31 july 2017. 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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 concert info

    best live concert

    this category is open to any longform live audio music coverage shot and delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017. this category is for long form content including concerts, festival coverage and tv specials. performances of 5 tracks or less can be entered into the live session category.

    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 live session info

    best live session

    this category is open to any short form live audio performance recording featuring 5 tracks or less and shot in a studio or other intimate venue. to have been delivered to the commissioning company or other client, between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017. 

    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 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 2016 and 31 july 2017

    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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 any video director.

    entrants must upload a minimum of 2 music videos, which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 2015.

    entrants must upload a minimum of 2 music videos, alternatively one of your submitted films may be a live music performance. those who have previously been shortlisted in this category will not be eligible.

    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.

    entrants must upload 3 music videos which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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.

    entrants must upload 5 music videos which had been commissioned and delivered between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 artist

    this category is open to any artist.

    entrants must upload 3 music videos which had been completed and delivered for nominated artist between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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 production company  info

    best production company

    this category is open to any production company

    entrants must upload 5 music videos which had been completed and delivered between 1 august 2016 and 31 july 2017.

    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.