📻🎷🎸🎹🎺 NEWS 🎻🎵🎤🎧

SEPTEMBER 2020
47th edition accepting submissions starting September 1st!

SUMMER 2020
#CultClassic Music Video: THIS IS AMERICA, Childish Gambino.
Previous programs:
https://musicvideounderground.wordpress.com/monthly-cult-classic/

📻🎷🎸🎹🎺 HISTORY AND MORE 🎻🎵🎤🎧

2020 is our 5th year.
We created the fest when it was not a trend yet.

The only real monthly Music Video festival & competition with monthly screening.
The international pacemaker of Music Video festivals, we get copied over and over…

MONTHLY
A call, a selection, winners, and a screening every month.
Yes, we offer a real, monthly screening in California:
- each call opens the first day of the month
- each screening takes place the last day of the month
- we screen with a HD file
- you never wait more than 29 days to know you final status

ANNUAL
Submit any time to an annual category to be considered for the annual competition and screening.
2020 annual:
- submit before the last July Deadline to be considered for the 2020 annual Festival. We are still waiting on local regulations to stabilize to see if we can make an in-person screening or if we have to secure a digital event this year (September 2020).
- submissions to annual categories starting August 1st will be considered for the 2021 festival.
2019 was in Paris, France
2018 was in Studio City, Los Angeles, California
2017 was on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California
2016 was in Paris, France

RULE-SETTER & TREND-MAKER
The IMVU is a rule-setter for Music Video festival.
We were the first festival to:
- create the best director, cinematographer, editor categories for our monthly and annual competitions
- launch a student category
- travel across the ocean for screenings, as an International event Festival
- promote Music Videos before the Music Video festivals became a market, before it became a niche, before it became a business.

Now, all music video festivals do the same.

We still are independent, transparent, and underground: our call really is open and made for rising bands, independent solo artists, creative musicians without a label, videomakers with a vision. Our selection for more than 4 years and 30 months shows our work, what we achieved, the bands and artists we supported and promoted.
Yes, we also selected famous artists, and artitsts signed with labels and record companies. Because we do not want to exclude people on the path of success: we want to support artits on this path. The only thing is: your Music Video has to be good. Artistic. Inspiring. Well executed. Visual. Creative… If you feel you are making things happen, then just give us what you got.

📻🎷🎸🎹🎺 FAMOUS ARTISTS 🎻🎵🎤🎧
Adèle, The Weeknd, Septicflesh, Macy Gray, Keith Urban, Indochine, Mystery Skull, The Band Perry, Vanessa Paradis, Jake Owen, Coolio, Auregan, Helly Luv... They all submitted to us.
We selected and screened Music Videos starring Joshua Jackson, Danny Trejo, Keira Knightley, Ethan Peck...
We have a Cult Classic section in which we screened David Bowie, Macklemore, Bob Dylan, The Animals, Prince, Noir Désir, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Cranberries, Daft Punk...

OUR MISSION
A competition festival exclusively focused on music videos, music, dance films, animated music videos, and other special stuff made of music and video.
We select Music Videos, dance movies, music documentaries and music related short films from all over the world and we screen them to give young artists both sides of the camera an opportunity to be noticed for their talents

You have music, you have images, but it's bizarre or borderline ? Submit to Best Special Stuff and we will consider you with an open mind.
Wanna make sure you fit? Send us an email or check our website to watch the previous winners.

We are looking for all sorts of music videos. We are named the International Music Video Underground.
International means we accept videos from everywhere.
Music means we love music.
Video means you can do anything mixing images with music.
Underground means we are looking for fun, for ideas, for engaged artists, not only big budget productions. It also means we are approachable.

WHY SUBMIT TO US
- high level competition: check our website to see for yourself
- budget friendly: the festival market is currently inflating its prices... We don't.
- you never wait more than 29 days to know your final status (winner, selection, not selected) -for the monthly category of course.

PAST SPEAKERS & JUDGES
Johnny Martin, director of Hangman starring Al Pacino, Karl Urban and Britanny Snow, director of Vengeance starring Nicolas Cage, producer of I Am Wrath starring John Travolta.
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Stephen Shea (producer), AR Bjorklund (International Music Video Database), Auregan (performer), Nicolas Wendl (director).
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Allie Lane (USA), Jay Sansone (USA), Jean-Paul Frenay (BELGIUM), Piet Baumgartner (SWITZERLAND), Eszter Angyalosy (HUNGARY), Video Rahim (USA) and Daniel Szőke (HUNGARY). More on our website.
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CULT CLASSIC SECTION
September 2019: Fat Boy Slim, Mumford & Sons.

May 2018 : Macklemore x Ryan Lewis (WINGS), The Cranberries (Zombie), Kylie Minogue (Can't Get You Out Of My Head)

May 2017 : Daft Punk (Around the World), Bob Dylan (Subterranean Homesick Blues), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Sacrilege)

June 2016 : David Bowie (Space Odity), Noir Désir (L'Homme Pressé), Prince (Batdance) and The Animals (House of the Rising Sun).

AWARD certificates => distributed FREE for all categories.

A selection of winners get interviewed or reviewed by partner press outlets.

Facebook monthly & annual posts for winners, along the biggest names in the industry.

[WARNING]
Please allow file download on FilmFreeway or Vimeo so your Music Video can screen in time!
Only use our official provided laurels.
SPECIFY the name of the BAND or the ARTIST name. If special project, please mention it in credits or overview.

[MANDATORY]
Your FilmFreeway profile must be complete with Country, address, website, director Bio and Name of the Band / Solo artist.
If left empty, we reserve the right to disqualify your submission.

[BE SMART]
Guys, when you submit to Best DOP and/or Best Editor : you must add the name of the editor and of the DP in your credits, in the FilmFreeway listing, in the "credits" category.
If not, you are just submitting ghosts, and you will be disqualified.
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Student must come with picture of student card or equivalent. If not... We reserve the right to disqualify your submission.
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When submitting to the DOP category, please DO FILL THE NAME OF THE DOP / CINEMATOGRAPHER into the credits section.

[THE BASICS]
We accept Music Video, Dance Films from all nationalities.
Each category requires its entry fee.

Your Music Video may be a music video intended for a band, but also a music video you edited with existing footage or existing music. If such, it must offer a narrative take, or promotion endeavor, or artistic aspect distinctive to what Music Videos are.

Personal videos based on real life footage such as trip videos are not eligible, unless they offer a take making them eligible in the Special Stuff category for example.
You wanna make sure? Check our website and watch the previous winners' work.

Your work must be under 15 minutes.
We DO accept documentaries about music, and short films with music or musical artists as their main theme / topic.

Your work may include some dialog parts, if these are not preeminent in the final edit.
If there is a long and a short edit of your work, please submit with the short one. If selected, we'll chat with you about the best version to screen.
Works in progress are not accepted.
We only accept online digital submissions.
We accept any form : live, animation, stop-motion... As long a music and video make it a Music Video.

The festival is the one and only to choose which award category you may fit in. We may repurpose your submission to the category it fits best, not select your submission or disqualify your submission. Festival is the sole decision maker.
Entry fees are non-refundable. 

We do not provide feedback about the selection or not selection.

The festival organizers may refuse, not select or disqualify any unfit video, illegal, non-artistic, fake, false, incomplete entries.
The festival do NOT take care of travel nor accommodation expenses. We can give you good adresses of hotels in a walking distance to the festival.
Festival can, at any time, qualify or disqualify any work of its choice.
Festival will cease to reply to any discussion, messages, inquiries that contain any form of aggression, attack, suspicion, will to fight or troll our work. All we do is online, just check it out. You don't like it: don't work with us.We focus our efforts on artists who want to stand out.

[RIGHTS]
By submitting your music video to our festival and competition, you authorize the festival to use limited pieces of your material for promotion. All promotion actions are free of any financial ties in any way.
This includes ALL elements used in your submission: text, videos, pictures, promo stills, biographies... All picture may be used for promotion. Video trailers will be used and published (not only shared but published). Clips of your music video may be published, under 40 seconds total.
Submitter is responsible for the content of his submission.
If you wish to decline promotion, or if your video is subject to any exclusive rights at some time / in some territories, please just send us an email to let us know.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Karolis Andriulis

    We enjoyed being part of the festival, thank you for the BEST DOP nomination!

    August 2020
  • Hello Donny Walker with Mind Exchange Music, I submitted my live film scoring documentary about collaboration here and it got official selection. This festival was ok. Kind of seemed like it wasn't taken as seriously as it had been, then again I guess there's a lot of competition.,

    September 2020
  • Jan Eilhardt

    Such a great festival! We are happy to be part of it! A great opportunity to show the work as well of the band Birthmark! Thanks!

    August 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jan! Happy to help and participate in your hard work!

  • This festival is complete and utter trash. They lack cultural competence; exercise poor or non-existent communication; and rarely accept the works of black queer independent artists. I will be filing a complaint against the festival for discrimination.

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Terry,
    you made the cut to the selection back in May with some real good piece of work. You did not make it in July, and we are sorry about it, but our job is to make a selection. A submission does not equal a selection...
    We understand your frustration, which is at the core of any competition process.
    We are confident our track record shows opposite to your claim. Especially this actual month of July regarding Queer aspect for example.
    We wish you the best of luck with your festival run.

  • This was an absolutely fantastic experience. Thank you so much for this amazing platform to showcase our music and we're so grateful that you guys recognised our video. Please keep up with the great work that you guys do for musicians. Look forward to sending more music your way. Cheers.

    July 2020
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    Response from festival:

    Hi there. We are very happy we had the chance to host your work, and reward it. Keep pleasing our eyes and ears!