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"We put so much heart into our video and won our category of best band" LUNARCODE
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"An absolutely fantastic experience. Thank you so much for this amazing platform"
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"Compliments to the organizers and operators of the International Music Video Underground" Chris Oledude
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"A wonderful platform for musicians and music video makers" Terrenaissance

📻🎷🎸🎹🎺 NEWS 🎻🎵🎤🎧

September 2021 is the 59th edition.
Call for submissions starting on thee 1st of the month!

📻🎷🎸🎹🎺 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.

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.

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.

MONTHLY
- 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.
2022 annual:
- submissions to annual categories starting August 1st will be considered for the 2022 festival.
- submit before the last July Deadline to be considered for the 2022 annual Festival.
2021 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

➜ 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.
➜ Social promotion for all artists listed on our website (upon available content)

[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.

[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.

Overall Rating
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  • Katcat Studio

    I love the concept of this festival. I wish I could have attended the screening.

    September 2021
  • Walter Santucci

    i sincerely want to thank International Music Video Underground for giving me the opportunity to showcase my work alongside so much great talent! This festival absolutely rocks!

    September 2021
  • In the name of 9NIGHTS we'd like to express our highest compliments on the ways the festival is run and the quality of motion picture presented. We love you guys.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Blake, to you and to all 9NIGHTS members, thank you and keep going!

  • Vincenzo Carubia

    winning our category has us speechless. our band Lunarcode is brand new. We put so much heart into our video and won our category of best band for the month of April. Thank you so much for this. With no label behind us it's quite the fight to be heard. We are so grateful and hope this leads to more opportunity. Thank you again.

    April 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Vincenzo, well your music video is really great, and so is the band, which are the 2 elements to grab this category. The song is catchy, and the music video d*** well executed. The mix also is very good. Congrats guys!

  • Chris Oledude

    From Christopher R. Owens, President, CESO Enterprises, Inc. crowens@cesony.com: On behalf of CESO ENTERPRISES, INC., Alyssa Dann, Chris Oledude, and all of our production participants, I would like to compliment the organizers and operators of the International Music Video Underground. When we created our first music video (which was long enough to be a short film), we knew nothing about film festivals. With the help of FilmFreeway, we started researching. The categories were good. Everyone who contacted us on behalf of this festival was helpful. The submissions looked excellent. It was indeed exciting to discover this new world and to be so warmly welcomed by the inhabitants! To have GEORGE FLOYD: SAY THEIR NAMES selected for inclusion was an honor in and of itself. We were happy to “get the word out” and continue motivating people worldwide to consider the injustice embedded within our nation’s criminal justice system. After all, situations where a powerful segment of the population uses its law enforcement apparatus to abuse and oppress other segments of the population are recognizable in many societies. So, to be awarded FINALIST status was thrilling and beyond what we expected! We recommend submitting your work to the International Music Video Underground and we certainly intend to participate again in the future. Peace and stay safe!

    March 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Many thanks Chris, from all of us here. Congratulations to all your team, support goes both ways!