David Knight - 29th Oct 2013

Kahlil Joseph's video for Flying Lotus's Until The Quiet Comes won Video Of The Year at the UK Music Video Awards 2013 last night, with French directing team Megaforce winning the Best Director award at an exciting, incident-packed ceremony in London, hosted by Adam Buxton.

Starting with a dance performance and fireworks and ending with a blizzard of confetti, the sixth annual ceremony celebrating the most creative work in music video of the past year, also saw legendary Kinks frontman Ray Davies present the Icon Award to Julien Temple for 30 year-plus career as a music video, film and documentary-maker.  

There were plenty of first-time MVA wins - including DoP Steve Annis, producer Liz Kessler and colourist Aubrey Woodiwiss. And it was a good night for a large contigent of French music video making talent in the sold-out audience. 

As well as winning Best Director, the four-man Paris-based team Megaforce also collected two awards for their video for Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Sacrilege, for Best Rock/Indie Video - International and Best Editing in a Video. The Fleur & Manu-directed video for Gesaffelstein's Pursuit also won two awards, for Best Dance Video - International, and Best Visual Effects in a Video, and Fleur & Manu also collected the Best Alternative Video - Budget award, for Connan Mockasin's Faking Jazz Together. Alex Courtès won Best Pop Video - UK for his Willy Moon Yeah Yeah video.

The big British winners on the night included Josh Cole's Best Dance Video - UK video win for Rudimental's Not Giving In, BISON's video for London Grammar's Wasting My Young Years won Best Alternative Video - UK, and a shocked Ninian Doff collected the Best Rock/Indie Video - UK prize for his Darwin Deez video for Free (The Editorial Me). These first-time MVA winners were joined by Atlantic Records commissioner Dan Curwin, also winning Best Commissioner honour for the first time.

There was a new award, the VEVO Best New Artist award, for the most played video by a new British artist in the past year - won by Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith's La La La and collected by delighted director Ian Pons Jewell and commissioners James Hackett and Sam Seager. Dick Carruthers hailed his fellow nominees and winners when he accepted the Best Live Coverage award for Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day.

As well as French success, the international flavour of the UK Music Video Awards was reflected in wins from music video makers from Spain, Sweden, Norway, and the US - many of whom travelled to London to attend the ceremony. Angela Esteban Librero collected the Best Stylist award for her work on Jonas & Francois's video for DJ Fresh & Diplo's Earthquake; Lamar & Nik arrived from the US to pick up their Best Urban Video - Budget award for Lushlife's Magnolia; and Kahlil Joseph interrupted work on his new videos to fly in from LA to accept the Best Alternative Video - International award, and then the final honour of the night - Video of the Year for his remarkable poetic journey through south central LA for Flying Lotus.

The Best New Director award went to Andrew Thomas Huang, who sent a last-minute message from a very windy Reykavik that was played on the night. Melina Matsoukas, winner of Best Pop Video - International for her Solange Knowles video Losing You, and Ian & Cooper, winner of Best Urban Video - UK for Josh Compass's Back To Me also sent video messages, both spiced with visual effects. Director Christian Larson collected the Best Choreography award on behalf of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for his work on Sigur Ros's Valtari.

Some of the most emotional moments of the night were the first-time wins for creatives in technical categories after numerous nominations in previous years - Aubrey Woodiwiss won Best Colour Grading (formerly known as Best Telecine) for his work on the Nabil-directed Foals' Late Night, and an emotional Steve Annis won Best Cinematography in a Video award for the epic Aoife McArdle-directed video for Jon Hopkins' Open Eye Signal - a day after his first child was born.

But the surprise of the night was indisputably the arrival on-stage of one of Britain's music greats, Ray Davies to present the Icon Award to his 'fellow cohort' in music video-making Julien Temple. This followed a film celebrating the filmmaker's career including messages from Suggs, Wilko Johnson, Steve Barron, Cynthia Lole and Michael Eavis - and a written message from David Bowie. 

Held for the first time at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in central London - also the venue for the aftershow party - the show began with a dance performance choreographed by RiRi Productions', one of the award sponsors, and Adam Buxton's review of the music video year, including his take on Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video.

• Eliza Williams on the UKMVAs at CR Blog  


Best Pop Video – UK in association with 4Music
Willy Moon – Yeah Yeah
Director: Alex Courtès
Producer: Jules de Chateleux
Prod co: Division Paris
Commissioner: Ailsa Robertson for Interscope

Best Dance Video – UK in association with RiRi Productions
Rudimental ft John Newman & Alex Clare – Not Giving In
Director: Josh Cole
Producer: Tim Francis
Prod co: OB Management
Commissioner: Dan Curwin for Asylum Records

Best Rock/Indie Video – UK in association with Decode UK
Darwin Deez – Free (The Editorial Me)
Director: Ninian Doff
Producer: Sloane Hayes Skala
Prod co: Pulse Films
Commissioner: Stephen Richards for Lucky Number Music

Best Alternative Video – UK
London Grammar – Wasting My Young Years
Director: BISON
Producer: Liz Kessler
Prod co: A+
Commissioner: Caroline Clayton for Ministry of Sound

Best Urban Video – UK
Joel Compass – Back To Me
Director: Ian & Cooper
Producer: Nathan Scherrer
Prod co: Prettybird
Commissioner: Olly Wood for Black Butter

Best Pop Video – International
Solange Knowles – Losing You
Director: Melina Matsoukas
Producer: Candice Ouaknine (EP)
Prod co: Prettybird
Commissioner: Terrible Records

Best Dance Video – International
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit
Director: Fleur & Manu
Producer: Jules de Chateleux
Prod co: Division Paris
Commissioner: Nadia Loubia for Parlophone

Best Rock/Indie Video – International
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
Director: Megaforce
Producer: Kathleen Heffernan
Prod co: Iconoclast
Commissioner: Interscope

Best Alternative Video – International
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Director: Kahil Joseph
Producer: Omid F
Prod co: What Matters Most
Commissioner: Laura Tunstall for Warp Records

Best Urban Video – International
2 Chainz ft Kanye West – Birthday Song
Director: Andreas Nilsson
Producer: Jonathan Lia, Robert Smyth
Prod co: Good Company
Commissioner: Margo Wainwright for Island Def Jam

Best Pop Video – Budget
Tiny Dancer – Who Am I
Director: Zaiba Jabbar
Producer: Brett Webb
Prod co: Partizan
Commissioner: Laura Singer for Croydon Boy Records

Best Dance Video – Budget
Pixel – Call Me
Director: Ola Martin Fjeld
Prod co: Filmfaktisk
Commissioner: Ellen Andrea Wang for Company

Best Rock/Indie Video – Budget
Kodaline – All I Want
Director: Stevie Russell
Prod co: Tidal
Commissioner: Mark Lewis for B-Unique

Best Alternative Video – Budget
Connan Mockasin – Faking Jazz Together
Director: Fleur & Manu
Producer: Jules De Chateleux
Prod co: Division Paris
Commissioner: Jane Third for Because

Best Urban Video – Budget
Lushlife – Magnolia
Director: LAMAR+NIK
Prod co: Raj Halder

Best Art Direction & Design in a Video
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
Art Director: Laia Ateca
Director: CANADA
Producer: Alba Barneda
Prod co: Partizan / CANADA
Record company: Glassnote

Best Styling in a Video
DJ Fresh vs Diplo ft Dominque Young Unique – Earthquake
Stylist: Angela Esteban Librero
Director: Jonas & Francois
Producer: Jules de Chateleux
Prod co: Division Pari
Record company: Ministry of Sound

Best Choreography in a Video
Sigur Rós – Valtari
Choreographer: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Director: Christian Larson
Producer: Noreen Khan
Prod co: Black Dog Films
Record company: Parlophone

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux
Jon Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
DoP: Steve Annis
Director: Aoife McArdle
Producer: Tamsin Glasson, Brian Welsh
Prod co: Colonel Blimp, Good Company
Record company: Domino Records

Best Colour Grade in a Video
Foals – Late Night
Colourist: Aubrey Woodiwiss 
Grading co: The Mill
Director: Nabil
Producer: Liz Kessler
Prod co: A+
Record company: Warner Bros

Best Animation in a Video
Hiatus ft Shura – We Can Be Ghosts Now
Animator:  Tom Jobbins
Director: Tom Jobbins
Prod co: Film Club @ th1ng

Best Editing in a Video
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Sacrilege
Editor: Sophie Fourdrinoy
Director: Megaforce
Producer: Kathleen Heffernan
Prod co: Iconoclast
Record company: Interscope

Best Visual Effects in a Video in association with Quantum SFX
Gesaffelstein – Pursuit
VFX Artist: Mathematic Paris
Director: Fleur & Manu
Producer: Jules de Chateleux
Prod co: Division Paris
Record company: Parlophone

Best Live Coverage
Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day
Director: Dick Carruthers
Prod co: Cinefromage
Commissioner: Warner Music
Record company: Warner Music

Best Music Ad – TV or Online
Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon
Director: Powster
Prod co: Powster
Commissioner: Nadine Persaud
Record company: Sony Music

Best Interactive Video
Do Not Touch – Kilo by Light Light
Director: Moniker
Prod co: Moniker
Commissioner: Light Light

Best Director

Best New Director, in association with Locomotion
Andrew Thomas Huang

Best Producer, in association with Rushes
Liz Kessler

Best Commissioner
Dan Curwin

The Icon Award
Julien Temple

VEVO Best New Video Artist
Naughty Boy ft Sam Smith – La La La
Director: Ian Pons Jewell
Producer: Tim Harrison, Dobrina Manolova
Prod co: Studio Murmur, Gran Angular
Commissioner: James Hackett & Sam Seager for EMI

Video of the Year
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Director: Kahil Joseph
Producer: Omid F
Prod co: What Matters Most
Commissioner: Laura Tunstall for Warp Records

David Knight - 29th Oct 2013

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