The Berlin Music Video Awards offer everyone a platform, from those who direct, produce, edit or perform to those who are simply truly interested in the art.
Anyone can participate.
Budget, label and names are not a determining factor.
A music video with emphasis to originality of storyline; rewarding the scriptwriter of the video.
An animated music video in any of the following formats – Stop-motion, 2-D, 3-D, computer animated; rewarding the animator of the video.
A music video with an outstanding song/ track. Made for the artist/ band.
A music video produced with old generation/ analog video cameras or video produced to achieve a lo-fi retro look, as if shot by a videotape/ VHS for budget/ aesthetic purposes; The lo-fi look could be achieved by the cinematography, post production or art direction or the coordination between them.
A music video with focus to cinematography, creativity and attention to camera angles, composition, light as well as movement of the camera. Made for the cinematographer or director of photography of the video.
Best Art Director
A music video with attention to the makeup, styling, costumes, the scenes and appearance of objects in the composition; rewarding the art director or designer of the video.
A music video that may be deemed too extreme or unacceptable for commercial/ mainstream media – e.g. dirty or funny in content, provocative, satirical, social commentary; nevertheless remaining true to its concept, production & direction. Rewarding the producer or director of the video.
Best Visual Effects
A music video produced with expensive technical equipment, “big productions” i.e. special stunts, expensive property destruction, or video that involves the integration of live-action footage and CGI to create environments that look realistic but would be dangerous, costly & impossible to capture on camera. Rewarding the visual effects artist of the video.
A music video with high standards of editing, stylistic and visual coherence. Made for the editor of the video.
A music video with remarkable creative contribution and input of the director to the video. Rewarding the director of the video.
A music video with emphasis on a strong or original concept; with remarkable execution and interpretation of a song. Rewarding the author of the concept.
A music video that is, as its name suggests, bizarre, mysterious, unconventional or something that cannot be boxed in with regards to its concept or its execution. Rewarding the producer or director of the video.
Best Live Act***
A music video that does not observe a usual narrative structure, showcasing a band/ artist, may it be in a live performance/ concert or in a commissioned music video that effectually captures the authentic or energetic performance of the artist. Rewarding the performer/ band/ artist.
Best Experimental (NEW 2015)
A music video that may be characterised by an avant-garde approach,using abstracting elements or techniques than what is conventional. Rewarding the author of the concept.
All winners of the different categories will compete against the most prestigious award,
Best Music Video.
The winners will be chosen through online voting via Dailymotion and an international jury panel.
***Videos for this category will not be screened at the festival. Winning band/ musician will be invited to perform at the awards.