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Promo News - 26th Oct 2018

Childish Gambino's This Is America, directing team CANADA, production company Somesuch, and industry veteran Carrie Sutton were the big winners at last night's UK Music Video Awards 2018 at the Roundhouse in London, where an audience of 800 music video professionals from the UK and around the world came together to celebrate the best work and greatest achievements in the past year of music videos.

The Hiro Murai-directed video for Childish Gambino's This Is America took three awards on the night including Video of the Year, while the Barcelona-based CANADA took the Best Director prize from host Adam Buxton and award sponsor LEAP's Arlene Dignam (top picture), and Best Pop Video International, for Rosalia's Malamente. Anglo-Chinese directing duo Zhang + Knight (above)won the New Director award, while Théo Gall of Paris-based production company Division won Best Producer, and Andrew Law won the Best Commissioner award.

London-based Somesuch won Best Production Company, having produced several videos that took awards on the night, including Chaka Khan's Like Sugar and Florence + The Machine's Big God - and the whole company came on stage to collect the award, led by head of music videos Saskia Whinney (above).

As usual, there was a strong non-UK presence at this year's UKMVAs, which contributed to a terrific atmosphere at the ceremony that was hosted - for the tenth time - by Adam Buxton. CANADA were there in strength - the whole company coming to London from Barcelona to the ceremony, and then claimed two awards, including the final one of the night, for Best Director - making the directing duo of Nico Méndez and Lupe Serrano, the very first directors to win the award twice.

American director Autumn de Wilde was at the ceremony (above), picking up two awards for her video for Florence + The Machine's Big God, for Best Rock Video UK and Best Choreography in a Video. Other Stateside directors also made the trip to London to pick up awards on the night: Jonathan Desbiens, aka Jodeb collected the Best Rock Video International award for Jack White's Corporation; and Will Meyer won Best Alternative Video Newcomer award for his Badbadnotgood video, I Don't Know. 

Hiro Murai was not in attendance to pick up the Video of the Year award - his executive producers at Doomsday Danielle Hinde and Jason Cole sent a VFX-augmented message instead. There were also messages from Larkin Seiple, Best Cinematography winner for his work on This Is America; and Isaiah Seret, director of alt-J's Pleader, winner of Best Alternative Video UK, where he paid tribute to the UK music video industry's dedication to creativity.

In the Technical Achievement categories, the Kim Gehrig-directed video for Chaka Khan's Like Sugar won two highly coveted awards: Trim Editing's Fouad Gaber (above) won the Best Editing in a Video - his first MVA, picked up from Toby Abbott (above right) from award sponsor Cut+Run - and Framestore's Simon Bourne won for Best Colour Grading in a Video. Francesca Di Mottolla won the Best Production Design award for King Krule's Biscuit Town, another Somesuch-produced video, whie stylist Nick Royal and HMU artist Emma Croft won Best Styling in a Video for their work on Years & Years' If You're Over Me.

Like the Chaka Khan and Florence videos, the video for Sevdaliza's Shahmaran also won two awards on the night, with director Emmanuel Ajei coming on stage to collect the Best VFX in a Video award with French VFX house Mathematic, and then with his production team at COMPULSORY to collect the award for Best Alternative Video International (below, Adjei holding award).

There were winners for directors for the second year running, working with the same artist - Henry Scholfield won Best Pop Video UK for Dua Lipa's IDGAF; and Chris Hopewell won Best Animation in a Video for Father John Misty's Please Don't Die, and French company La Blogotheque won Best Live Video for the second year, this time directed by Arturo Perez, for Justin Timberlake's Say Something. And The Blaze won for Best Dance Video International for the third year running, for their video for Queens.

  

There was a good showing of new British directors also winning awards - Will Hooper and Duncan Loudon in the Newcomer categories, and Olivia Rose won Best Urban UK for Jorja Smith's Blue Lights, while one of the UK's top commercials directors, Seb Edwards (above), won Best Dance Video UK for Jon Hopkins' Singularity - all picking up their awards from host Adam Buxton, while the outstanding screens at the Roundhouse played clips from the winning videos.

Alloysious Massaquoi from Scottish band Young Fathers (above) accepted the Best Artist award - won in recognition of the band's videos for Holy Ghost, Toy and In My View. Massaquoi thanked the production companies that had made the band's videos, and their management for encouraging the band to work with visual creatives.      

And on a night where the industry honoured the best work from around the world from the past year, one award took a longer look at a single career. Carrie Sutton was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement Award for having worked at the heart of the music video industry in London for more than twenty years, as a producer, commissioner and director's rep, and playing an important role in hundreds of British-made music videos in that time, for artists including U2, Supergrass, Blur, Noel Gallagher, Snow Patrol, Goldfrapp, Take That and most notably with Robbie Williams.

In a tribute film about her career, numerous colleagues paid tribute to her importance in making many great videos and helping people's careers, including Garth Jennings of Hammer & Tongs, Dom & Nic, Malia James, Vaughan Arnell and Joe Connor, with heartfelt tributes and congratulations from numerous artists, including Alex James from Blur, Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Orlando Weeks of The Maccabees, Rick Astley, and the members of Busted, and also contributions from her family. This was a surprise to Carrie Sutton herself - who arrived at the ceremony directly from a video shoot for Busted, knowing nothing about the award.

Receiving a standing ovation from the 800-strong MVAs audience as she accepted the award from Joe Connor, she was characteristically generous with praise for the people she'd worked with, and saying "It can be very difficult, but at the end of the day, we're privileged to be able do what we do."

• UK Music Video Awards 2018: all the winners

Best Pop Video - UK
Dua Lipa - IDGAF
Director: Henry Scholfield

Best Rock Video - UK
Florence + The Machine - Big God
Director: Autumn de Wilde

Best Alternative Video - UK
alt-J - Pleader
Director: Isaiah Seret

Best Dance Video - UK
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Director: Seb Edwards

Best Urban Video - UK
Jorja Smith - Blue Lights
Director: Olivia Rose

Best Pop Video - International
Rosalía - Malamente
Director: CANADA

Best Rock Video - International
Jack White - Corporation
Director: Jodeb

Best Alternative Video - International
Sevdaliza - Shahmaran
Director: Emmanuel Adjei

Best Dance Video - International
The Blaze - Queens
Director: The Blaze

Best Urban Video - International
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Director: Hiro Murai

Best Pop Video - Newcomer
Leyya - Wannabe
Director:  Rupert Höller

Best Rock Video - Newcomer
Idles - Colossus
Director: Will Hooper

Best Alternative Video - Newcomer
Badbadnotgood ft Samuel T Herring - I Don't Know
Director: Will Mayer

Best Dance Video - Newcomer
Kelly Lee Owens - Throwing Lines
Director: Kasper Häggström

Best Urban Video - Newcomer
Flohio - 10 More Rounds
Director: Duncan Loudon

Best Interactive Video
PUP - Old Wounds
Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux

Best Live Video in association with Procam
Justin Timberlake ft Chris Stapleton - Say Something
Director: Arturo Perez Jr

Best Live Concert
Biffy Clyro - MTV Unplugged (Live at Roundhouse, London)
Director: Sam Wrench

Best Production Design in a Video
King Krule - Biscuit Town
PD: Francesca Di Mottola

Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D
Years & Years - If You're Over Me
Stylist: Nick Royal, Emma Croft

Best Choreography in a Video
Florence + The Machine - Big God
Choreographer: Akram Khan, Florence Welch & Autumn de Wilde

Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux
Childish Gambino - This Is America
DoP: Larkin Sieple

Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT
Chaka Khan - Like Sugar
Colourist: Simon Bourne at Framestore

Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run
Chaka Khan - Like Sugar
Editor: Fouad Gaber at Trim Editing

Best Visual Effects in a Video
Sevdaliza - Shahmaran
VFX: Mathematic (Guillaume Marien, Yann Aldabe, Fred Brandon, Vincent Heine)

Best Animation in a Video
Father John Misty - Please Don't Die
Animator: Chris Hopewell, Cadi Catlow, Henry Nicholson
 

Best Commissioner in association with The Mill
Andrew Law

Best Producer in association with Worldwide Production Agency
Théo Gall

Best Production Company
Somesuch

Best New Director in association with Time Based Arts
Zhang + Knight

Best Director in association with LEAP
CANADA

Best Artist
Young Fathers

Outstanding Achievement Award
Carrie Sutton

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Childish Gambino - This Is America
Director: Hiro Murai

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