launched in 2008, the mvas has become the most important annual event in the calendar for the world of music video production, celebrating the best work in music videos made in the past 12 months – from big-budget pop video productions, to low budget gems.
the mvas primarily honour the creative people behind the artform – from directors and producers, to cinematographers, production designers, choreographers and stylists, as well as editors, animators and more – all judged by professionals within the music video industry. there are also awards that recognise direction of live music performances and a new category for 2019: special video project.
for over a decade, the mvas has shone a spotlight on the next generation of filmmaking talent. previous mva recipients include romain gavras, daniel wolfe, keith schofield, daniels, david wilson, martin de thurah, canada, dom & nic, megaforce and hiro murai.
the mvas has also honoured outstanding achievement in music videos with the icon award. previous winners include jonathan glazer, dawn shadforth, hammer & tongs, jonas akerlund, jamie thraves, julien temple, joseph kahn, david mallett, vaughan arnell and jake nava.