The MVU provides every month:
✍️ A quote about every selected music video - see pictures and our website
🌐 Your music video featured on the homepage of our website
πŸ† Free digital certificate
🌟 Promote your work as selected by a festival that recently awarded:

MICHAEL BUBLE | Recognized February 2023
DUA LIP & ELTON JOHN | Recognized August 2022
THE WEEKND | Recognized December 2019
ADELE | Recognized June 2016
ROBIN SCHULZ | Recognized August 2021
CHARLELIE COUTURE | Recognized February 2021
CHARLIE WINSTON | Recognized April 2020

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"An absolutely fantastic experience. Thank you so much for this amazing platform"
Izzie C
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"A wonderful platform for musicians and music video makers" Terrenaissance

2023 annual was in Paris, France
2022 annual was in Paris, France
2021 was in Paris, France
2020 was in Paris, France
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

Our competition spotlights and supports independent artists from all over the world, with name talents popping up regularly in our line ups thanks to our history and our contacts in the industry.

Our mission since 2016 is to provide a steady and safe platform for music video makers and artists to grab some well deserved recognition.

A Music Video can be a commercial exercise. It can be a creative outlet. It can be a field for experimentation. we welcome all of the above.

The MVU provides every month:
✍️ A quote about every selected music video - see pictures and our website
🌐 Your music video featured on the homepage of our website
πŸ† Free digital certificate
🌟 Promote your work as selected by a festival that recently awarded:

MICHAEL BUBLE | Recognized February 2023
DUA LIP & ELTON JOHN | Recognized August 2022
THE WEEKND | Recognized December 2019
ADELE | Recognized June 2016
ROBIN SCHULZ | Recognized August 2021
CHARLELIE COUTURE | Recognized February 2021
CHARLIE WINSTON | Recognized April 2020

➜ Competition is a mix of international stars and emerging artists
➜ Award certificates distributed FREE and digital for all categories.
➜ A selection of winners get interviewed or reviewed by partner press outlets.

MONTHLY
- each call opens the first day of the month
- free digital certificate
- 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.

2025
- submissions to annual categories starting August 1st will be considered for the next calendar year festival.
- submit before the last July Deadline to be considered for the current year and the annual Festival.

[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.

The festival reserves the right to NOT dispense any award or NOT pick any winner if the submissions received are not satisfactory or to the level of expected quality. Even if one or multiple submissions are receive in a category, the festival may elect to not pick any winner for said category.

[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.
We do not pay screening fees. FilmFreeway is a third party platform you chose to use to submit for consideration to festivals.
We might set up screenings for free, or with a box 0ffice, at the discretion of the festival, and there will be no share of gross with participating filmmakers.
By submitting to the festival, you expressly authorize the festival and its affiliates to use every piece of content and information presented in your FilmFreeway project page, in connection to the festival, the event, and for promotion of the festival, now and in the future. That includes all videos, pictures, texts (biography, logline and other) hosted on your FilmFreeway project page submitted to us.

[EMAIL MARKETING]
Once you submit, the festival may collect your email and send you offers.
We regularly send our previous submitters exclusive offers, discounts and other submissions opportunities. These offers are strictly limited to our film festival or partner film festivals and artistic competitions that make sense with your original submission.
We do not sell emails. We never did, we never will.
If you receive an unsolicited email, you can unsubscribe or ask for your email to be removed, and it will be done.

Picture attribution: CondΓ© Nast (through Vogue Taiwan)
[http://www.flickr.com/people/jeaneeem/ Jeanie Mackinder]
Raph_PH at https://flickr.com/photos/69880995@N04/52052470251
[https://www.flickr.com/people/95288644@N05 marcen27]
Nicolas Padovani [https://www.flickr.com/photos/npado/44778856382/]

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  • Hunter D

    exceptional all around! Highly recommended- A++

    June 2024
  • Aaron Christiansen

    Thank you so much for selecting Rise Above with Davey Beige As a winner in the best animated music video category it has been an honour to have this recognition we look forward to submitting later in the year with a brand new project, love our certificate which is proudly displayed!!!

    April 2024
  • Stephen Mlinarcik

    Always a pleasure to be featured alongside such impressive international work! Love the art-centric focus of the festival and the way they speak to the uniqueness of each winner.

    April 2024
  • I enjoy being part of it and hope to participate again!
    Thank you!

    March 2024
  • Elisa Tron

    Great music video festival! I was very happy to win 'Best Visual Effects' for my video 'Trapeze'!

    January 2024