Promonews - 5th June 2019

The UK Music Video Awards for 2019 is now open! 

The UKMVAs, dedicated to celebrating the best work in music videos from the UK and around the world, has opened its doors today (June 5th) to entries for the 12th annual ceremony this coming October.

The UK Music Video Awards 2019 is now accepting submissions via the UKMVAs website in over 30 categories. It's the start of a process that will lead to the biggest night of the year for music videos in the UK and beyond, at legendary London venue The Roundhouse on Wednesday, October 23rd.  

As always, a range of awards recognising innovation, creativity and technical excellence in music videos can be entered at this year's UKMVAs, including numerous Best Video awards, Technical Achievement honours, Individual awards and for Best Production Company.

There is also a brand new award this year: Best Special Video Project. This new prize is designed to recognise music film projects which extend beyond a single video, the category has been introduced in response to the growing number of video EPs, video albums and other extended works which go beyond the boundary of primary music videos.  

Also this year, the UKMVAs' longstanding creative directors at StudioThomson have collaborated with British artist Jimmy Turrell to devise and create a visual campaign that celebrates the visual craft and ingenuity inspired by protest with a clarion call, under the heading Vive La MVA!

And the UKMVAs 2019 launches with a number of longterm supporters back on board as partners: leading camera and lighting company Panalux; Procam, Europe’s largest digital cinematography hire facility; Innovative finishing and VFX studio CHEAT; top VFX studio Time-Based Arts; international agency WPA; award-winning London edit house, Cut+Run; global VFX studio The Mill - once again assisting with bringing the UKMVAs visual campaign to life through animation; audio studio Jungle; and post production house, LEAP.

As in previous years, the UK Music Video Awards 2019 includes honours for best British and International videos in the traditional music genres recognized by the MVAs - Pop, Dance, Urban, Rock, and Alternative. In addition, there are five more awards designed to recognise exceptional videos made by new talent for low budgets - this year set to be under the financial threshold of GB£6,000 (or its non-sterling equivalent) - known as the Newcomer awards.

There are also two awards celebrating the best coverage of live performance - Best Live Video and Best Live Concert.  

As in previous years, there is also a full range of technical achievement awards, for work in Animation, Cinematography, Choreography, Colour Grading, Editing, Production Design, Styling and VFX. The five categories for Individual Achievement over the course of the past year – for Best Director, Best New Director, Best Producer, Best Commissioner and Best Video Artist - all return once again - together with the Best Production Company Award.

Two further awards will be presented on the night, the Icon Award - recognising an individual's outstanding career in music videos - and Video of the Year.

Here is the line-up of awards at the UK Music Video Awards 2019:

Best Pop Video – UK
Best Rock Video – UK
Best Dance Video – UK
Best Alternative Video – UK
Best Urban Video – UK
Best Pop Video – International
Best Rock Video – International
Best Dance Video – International
Best Alternative Video – International
Best Urban Video – International
Best Pop Video – Newcomer
Best Rock Video – Newcomer
Best Dance Video – Newcomer
Best Alternative Video – Newcomer
Best Urban Video – Newcomer
Best Special Video Project in association with The Mill
Best Live Video in association with Procam
Best Live Concert
Best Production Design in a Video
Best Styling in a Video in association with i-D
Best Choreography in a Video
Best Cinematography in a Video in association with Panalux
Best Colour Grading in a Video in association with CHEAT
Best Editing in a Video in association with Cut+Run
Best Visual Effects in a Video
Best Animation in a Video
Best Commissioner
Best Producer in association with WPA
Best Artist
Best Production Company
Best New Director
Best Director

With the exception of the Icon Award and Video of the Year, entry to all the awards above is now open at www.ukmva.com, where the work itself can be uploaded. All entered work must have been completed and delivered to its commissioner between August 1st 2018 and July 31st 2019. Information, criteria and forms to enter a video or an individual to the UK Music Video Awards 2019 is also available at the website. 

The deadline for entries for these categories is at midnight, August 2nd 2019 (BST).

Following the deadline, all entries in the best video, technical achievement and individual categories will be judged by MVA Jury Members – invited members of the UK music video industry – via the online voting platform on the website. Then the most popular choices in the first round of judging will go forward to judging panels where juries will meet to discuss the work and vote on the final shortlist. 

Invitations will be sent to those selected as MVA Jury Members in the next few weeks. To apply to become a Jury Member, please send an email entitled ‘MVA Jury Membership’ to the MVAs team at info@ukmva.com.

Nominations for the UK Music Video Awards 2019 will be announced in late September, ahead of the 12th annual UK Music Video Awards ceremony and aftershow party, to be held at The Roundhouse in London on October 23rd 2019.

• ukmva.com for info on the UK Music Video Awards 2019

Promonews - 5th June 2019

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