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UK Music Video Awards 2022: Pharrell’s Cash In Cash Out wins Video Of The Year, Tanu Muino named Best Director, Ebeneza Blanche is Best New Director at dazzling UKMVAs 2022 at new venue Magazine London

UK Music Video Awards 2022: Pharrell’s Cash In Cash Out wins Video Of The Year, Tanu Muino named Best Director, Ebeneza Blanche is Best New Director at dazzling UKMVAs 2022 at new venue Magazine London

Promonews - 31st Oct 2022

At the 15th UK Music Video Awards, held for the first time at spectacular new venue Magazine London, the video for Pharrell’s Cash In Cash Out took four awards including Video Of The Year - director François Rousselet accepting the award (above) - and Little Simz' Point & Kill took three honours, while Tanu Muino won Best Director for the second year running and Ebeneza Blanche took the Best New Director honour.

Above: Tanu Muino (left) accepts Best Director award at Thursday's UKMVAs 2022, with Olivia Jessop of ETC and host Spencer Jones

On a night of excitement, celebration and high emotion, music video professionals from the UK and around the world gathered to the biggest staging ever of the UKMVAs where nearly 40 awards were handed out at the ceremony hosted by comedian Spencer Jones.

Above: Ebeneza Blanche (with mic) accepts the Best New Director award, with Jones and No.8 London's Barny Wright 

The biggest winners were the fully animated Rousselet-directed video for Cash In Cash Out, which also won Best HipHop/Rap/Grime Video International and technical achievement prizes for Best Animation in a Video and Best VFX in a Video – collected by teams at Electric Theatre Collective; and the video for Little Simz’s Point & Kill, directed by Ebeneza Blanche, which won three awards: Best HipHop/Rap/Grime Video UK, and technical achievement prizes for Best Wardrobe Styling in a Video – handed by sponsors i-D - and Best Colour Grading in a Video, collected by Jason Wallis, colourist at ETC, from sponsors Studio RM's Layla Segal.

Above: Laure Salgon of Division (centre) accepts Best Production Company award from Kodak's Sam Clark (second from right) 

Division, the Paris-based company who produced the Cash In Cash Out video and Rosalia’s Soako, winner of Best Pop Video International, won Best Production Company, presented by Sam Clark at Kodak, and the company’s Jules de Chateleux won Best Producer, collecting from Estere Sulka at WPA UK.

Above: Free Agent's Alexa Haywood (left) accepts the Best Agent award from Spencer Jones

There were honours for senior industry figures Alexa Haywood and John Moule, who won the awards for Best Agent and Best Commissioner respectively, while Dan Curwin, head of video at Atlantic Records, was bestowed with the UKMVAs special Outstanding Achievement Award – and tearfully received his award from Otis Bell of OB Management having watched a film celebrating his achievements as a video commissioner including messages from colleagues, family and artists including Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Stormzy and Rudimental.

Above: Dan Curwin accepts the UKMVAs' Outstanding Achievement Award from Otis Bell

A delighted Loyle Carner accepted the award for Best Performance in a Video for his work in the video for Hate, co-directed by Greg Hackett. A surprised Philip Barantini collected the award for Best Rock Video UK for Sam Fender’s Spit Of You, the video he directed co-starring Fender and top actor Stephen Graham. Frank Lebon described his Best Rock Video International-winning video for Pretty Sick’s Human Condition as his most enjoyable experience making a video. Duncan Loudon paid tribute to the stuntman and coordinators who made possible his Best Dance/Electronic Video UK winning video for Tourist’s Your Love.

Above: Philip Barantini (left) accepts the Best Rock Video UK award, with Blindeye Films' Jack Lightfoot (centre)

Kasper Haggstrom accepted the Best Alternative Video UK award for his video for Radiohead’s If You Say The Word with a video message, saying: "If you’re watching this, I’ve won, if not, its just something else taking up space on my phone." Hector Aponysus came on stage to pay tribute to Obonjayar and his family for the intimate performance that won the Best Live Video award, and said: “That was my first video, so if you want to commission the second, I’m here.” Directing duo Ethan & Tom collected the Best Hip Hop/Rap/Grime Newcomer award for Wu-Lu’s Ten, revealing the gritty-looking video was shot in the offices of Academy Films.

Above: Jason Wallis of Electric Theatre Collective accepts the Best Colour Grade in a Video award for Little Simz's Point & Kill from Studio RM's Layla Segal.

Winners came from around the globe to attend the event, held at Magazine on the side of the Thames overlooking the Canary Wharf skyline, and winners from the US, Canada and France walked on stage to collect their awards through the evening.

C Prinz, director of Doechii’s Crazy video, collected the Best Choreography in a Video award on behalf of choreographer Tyrik Patterson; French director Valentin Gouid accepted the Best Production Design award for Sandra Sasportas for Thom Draft’s Breathtaking.

Above: Jake Scott (with mic) and Noel Paul accept the Best Cinematography Award for black midi's Sugar/Tzu from CHEAT's Vlad Barin.

American director Noel Paul accompanied British DoP Jake Scott on stage as Scott accepted the Best Cinematography in a Video award from Vlad Barin at award sponsors CHEAT; Canadian director Adrian Villagomez came on stage to collect the award for Best Alternative Video International for Jean-Michel Blais’ Passepied.

New Yorker Josh Sondock accepted the Best Alternative Video Newcomer award for Nick Leng’s Morning Midnight, paying tribute to the collaborative creative process behind the video; Canadian animator Lucas Hrubizna collected the Best Special Visual Project award for his work on the Sad Night Dynamite Volume II campaign.

Above: C Prinz accepts the MVA for Best Choreography in a Video for Doechii's Crazy. 

Ukranian director Tanu Muino – who arrived at the awards having just visited family in her hometown of Odesa in Ukraine – dedicated her first award of the night, Best Pop Video UK for Harry Styles’ As It Was, to her countrymen. Her executive producer Frank Borin added that the Russian invasion in February began while Muino and DoP Nikita Kuzmenko, Borin and Ukranian wife Ivanna Borin were in the middle of shooting the Styles video, and concerns about their respective families dominated their thoughts. When she accepted the Best Director award from Olivia Jessop at ETC she paid tribute to the contribution of Kuzmenko to her work.

Above: Frank Borin (centre) pays tribute to Tanu Muino (third left), NIkita Kuzmenko (far left) and Ivanna Borin (second left) when accepting the Best Pop UK-winning video for Harry Styles from Cinelab's Aarti Mahtani (second right).

Ebeneza Blanche came to the stage three times, twice for his work on the Little Simz video for Point & Kill, finally to accept the Best New Director award, presented by Barny Wright at No.8 London, paying tribute to the team who made possible the Point & Kill shoot in Nigeria, the support of his production company SMUGGLER, and the recognition by the voters of the UKMVAs of his efforts to present the world from his perspective.

Above: François Rousselet with the VFX team at Electric Theatre Collective and Division's Jules de Chateleux on stage for Video Of The Year award.

For Cash In Cash Out – a French-Anglo project for an American artist that was two years in the making - Francois Rousselet collected two of the video’s haul of four awards. Rousselet mentioned the difficulties in bringing his complicated zoetrope idea to life, paying tribute to Pharrell, the video’s commissioner Brian Younce and his collaborators at Electric Theatre Collective.

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Promonews - 31st Oct 2022

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