The UK Music Video Awards, dedicated to celebrating the best work in music videos from the UK and around the world, has opened its doors today (June 14th) to entries for the tenth anniversary show this October.
The UK Music Video Awards 2018 is now accepting submissions via the all-new UKMVAs website - the start of a process that will lead to the biggest night of the year for music videos in the UK and beyond. The UK Music Video Awards' 11th annual ceremony - ten years since the first UKMVAs in 2008 - will take place once again at legendary London venue The Roundhouse on Thursday October 25th.
With awards recognising innovation, creativity and technical excellence in music videos, there are over 30 separate categories that can be entered at this year's UKMVAs, including numerous Best Video awards, a range of Technical Achievement honours, Individual awards and for Best Production Company.
This year’s visual campaign, inspired by the MVA’s distinctive sound wave logo, sees art direction team StudioThomson collaborating with content creation studio Mill+ to create a series of idents and moving images. With sound design by Jungle Studios and Native Music, the visuals will be unveiled across the Awards website and social media during the life of the campaign. Post production house, Locomotion, another long-term partner, will be interpreting the visuals for the big screens on the night.
As in previous years, the UK Music Video Awards 2018 includes honours for best British and International videos in the traditional music genres recognized by the MVAs - Pop, Dance, Urban, Rock - previously known as Rock/Indie - 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.
As with last year, there are two awards celebrating the best coverage of live performance - Best Live Video (last year it was called Best Live Session), and Best Live Concert. The award for Best Interactive Video also returns.
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, which was added to the UKMVAs for the first time last year.
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 2018:
Best Pop Video – UK, International, Newcomer
Best Rock video – UK, International, Newcomer
Best Alternative video – UK, International, Newcomer
Best Dance video – UK, International, Newcomer
Best Urban video – UK, International, Newcomer
Best Animation in a video
Best Choreography in a video
Best Cinematography in a video
Best Editing in a video
Best Production design in a video
Best Styling in a video
Best Colour grade in a video
Best VFX in a video
Best Interactive video
Best Live video
Best Live concert
The Icon Award
Best Production Company
Best New Director
Video of the Year
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 2017 and July 31st 2018. Information, criteria and forms to enter a video or an individual to the UK Music Video Awards 2018 is also available at the website.
The deadline for entries for these categories is midnight, Wednesday, August 1st, 2018 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations for the UK Music Video Awards 2018 will be announced in late September, ahead of the tenth anniversary UK Music Video Awards ceremeony and aftershow party, to be held at The Roundhouse in London on October 25th 2018.
• ukmva.com for info on the UK Music Video Awards 2018