Hundreds of amazing artists submitted to us, including Adèle, Septicflesh, Macy Gray, Mystery Skull, Vanessa Paradis, Helly Luv...
With 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...

The Music Video Underground is competition festival exclusively focused on music videos, dance films, animated music videos, and other special stuff made of music and video.
You have music, you have images, and it's not a film ? We want it.
It's bizarre or borderline ? Submit to Best Music Video and we will consider you for free in addition for the BEST SPECIAL STUFF category, our own personal jewels we pick every month. There no limit for this one...

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.The Inernational Music Video Underground is a competition with screening, QnA and networking event.

2016 : took place in Paris
2017 : took place in Los Angeles (Sunset Boulevard)
2018 : took place in Los Angeles (Studio City)

Setp/Oct 2019 : next annual screening, in PARIS.
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WHY SUBMIT TO US ?
- for the networking
- for the high level competition
- for the open mind regarding how each and everyone may use music & video and mix them together
- we have A-list speakers, keynote speakers, and talks
- we have international Judges. They watch and they vote and they attend the fest !
- we are budget friendly
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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.
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2018 Judges :
https://musicvideounderground.wordpress.com/2018-judges/
Stephen Shea (producer), AR Bjorklund (International Music Video Database), Auregan (performer), Nicolas Wendl (director).

2017 Judges :
http://talentfactoryevents.com/music-video-underground/judges-2017-mvu/
Dorian Masson (France), 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/
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OUR MOTO
The International Music Video Underground doesn’t require your music video to be perfect, or signed by a label, or managed by a production company. It requires you did it with all you had and put your heart into it. It requires you tell something with images and music.
Our goal is to screen new talents, people who don’t have the chance to be the son of an important someone, young artists that have to meet audience to grow, creators that want to show what they are capable of.
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PROGRAM
We also screen a selection of cult classic music videos. We had :

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).

AWARDS are :

Best Music Video
Best director for a music video
Best cinematographer / director of photography for a music video
Best editor
Best Animated Music Video
Best Dance
Best Special Stuff (Festival's pick => submit to Best Music Video you'll be considered twice)
Best Christmas Music Video (only in December)

Each edition may also have, depending on the submissions :
Best Performer
Best Special Stuff

Submitting to any category, you also will be considered by the festival to potentially win Best Performer or Best Special Stuff. It's free.

[WARNING]
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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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 work has to be independent.
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 NO 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 tchat 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.
Entry fees are non-refundable. 

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.

Overall Rating
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Networking
  • ibrahim koç

    Thank you so much Dear International Music Video Underground!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Ibrahim. All the best, sincerely.

  • Francesco Belligerante

    Thank you for selecting our movie. Good communication and excellent event

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Francesco for your support, it means a lot. All the best to you.

  • Wouldn't submit again. Video was offered screening then after I booked my trip to LA from Seattle received an email stating that the video would not be screened even though it was a finalist.
    Waste of money and energy.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Sami, we understand how you feel and you know we've been talking directely to you all along.
    After the first call, as a consequence of the enormous amount of feedback this year, it had to be decided to screen the winners.
    It is frustrating, even for us and for great videos like yours.
    And because of that we did offer a free submission, to us or any other partner festival of your choice.
    This offer still stands as you didn't respond yet.
    Wishing you all the best with this Music Video all your other projects.

  • Great festival all around! Well worth your time.

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Martin. Hope you enjoyed and we look forward discovering your next project.

  • Monika Lucia Mueller

    It was a wonderful experience to be part of the International Music Video Underground. It is a beautiful festival with high standards and an interesting screening. Thank you so much, looking forward to the next competition!

    May 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Monika. Yes the competition this year was very strong, and we are happy to push such quality content. All the best to you !