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MAY 2020
Accepting submissions!

APRIL 2020
POLL of the month: Miley Cyrus won over Billie Eilish https://musicvideounderground.wordpress.com/monthly-cult-classic/

We celebrated our 40th anniversary edition.

Next one in Paris, France, on the CHAMPS ELYSEES, at the Gaumont Marignan, and/or the MAJESTIC MOVIE THEATER of BASTILLE (historical venue, biggest screen of Bastille), very beginning of September 2020.

📻🎷🎸🎹🎺 HISTOY 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…

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

Submit any time to an annual category to be considered for the annual competition and screening.
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

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.

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...

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 and dance movies 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, and it's not a film? We want it.
It's bizarre or borderline ? Submit to Best Special Stuff and we will consider you with an open mind.

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.

- 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.

May 2018 speaker : 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.
Check pictures and media on our Facebook page.
2018 Judges :
Stephen Shea (producer), AR Bjorklund (International Music Video Database), Auregan (performer), Nicolas Wendl (director).
2017 Judges :
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 : https://musicvideounderground.wordpress.com/2017-judges/
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.

Please allow file download on FilmFreeway or Vimeo so your Music Video can screen in time!

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.

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.
Student must come with picture of student card or equivalent. If not... We reserve the right to disqualify your submission.
When submitting to the DOP category, please DO FILL THE NAME OF THE DOP / CINEMATOGRAPHER into the credits section.

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.
Your work must be under 10 minutes.
We DO accept documentaries about music.

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.
Entry fees are non-refundable. 

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

The festival organizers may refuse any 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.

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
  • Sofia Mellander

    This was such a fun festival to submit to - great categories, great history, great communication... and most importantly: a kind, devoted and music-loving team behind the whole thing. Thank you again!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hey Sofia! Huge congrats on your Best Solo Artist win! And thank you for the kind words... Happy you had fun! Cheers.

  • Mattia Fiumani

    Great response and follow up, these guys proved to take their job very seriously, the official selection was great and we've discovered some new amazing work! Thank you IMVU!!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for noticing! These days more than ever we are pushing the enveloppe to offer support in all possible ways. Congrats on your work. All the best to you!

  • Ian Gray

    An amazing festival run by a really passionate team, all of whom really do care about the filmmakers. There's also a real emphasis on showcasing new talent, which is great. Such a great bunch of super friendly guys and really great communication from the offset. What a genuine pleasure and privilege to be a part of such a great event. Can't wait to submit my next project! Thank guys!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Well, I'll make sure to pass this along to Max cos he is the one who take care of you mostly... Thank you for your support. And man, we really loved your work. Must not have been easy to pull this out! Light, sound, or just the vibe of it... Congrats.

  • Great response time. Excellent festival. Wonderful group of people. I definitely will be submitting to this festival again. Thanks so much!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Jonathan. Looking forward your next move after CABIN FEVER!

  • Great, friendly communication from a really inclusive festival. Awesome experience!

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    We appreciate it Zuhair. Congrats again for "Shadow of the Bird".