Oberhausen launches new music video competition

67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 1-10 May 2021


Oberhausen launches new music video competition

For the first time the Festival will organize the MuVi International Award


14 clips from 12 countries have been selected for the first MuVi International Award at the 67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The competition replaces the Festival’s annual selection of international music videos and is the counterpart to the German MuVi Award, which is being presented for the 22nd time and for which 12 clips have been selected. This means that 26 clips are competing for prize money totalling 7,000 euros. In both competitions the audience can vote for a favourite during the Festival, which will then be awarded an audience prize of 500 euros each.


The International MuVi Prize

India, Iran, Mexico – music videos across the globe

The 14 works in the first MuVi International Award show that the definition of music videos has expanded worldwide. Over the years, the German MuVi Award has traced the development away from sales props to audiovisual total works of art in which music and image often come from the same source. The first MuVi International Award focuses on this development. The selection includes productions for music labels – for example the Iranian production Station Three for Quartet Diminished, Hermes Records – as well as works from art contexts such as the collaboration DID U CUM YET / I'M NOT GONNA CUM by Blackhaine and William Markarian (UK). Here, music videos are vehicles for political statements (Traitors, Kingsley Chapman/Benefits), for the empowerment of diversity (Portadoras queer: el doble y la repetición, Ana Laura Aláez/Ascii.Disco), or choose a documentary approach as in Alexandra Bouge's ABIKOU, which observes an African voodoo ritual to the music of Joan Bagés.


The German MuVi Award

Elon Musk dancing, a digital DJ Hell and blowing dogs' manes

Since 1999, German music video productions have been awarded here for the best visual realisation of a piece of music, until 2020 under the name "MuVi Award for the Best German Music Video". This year, 12 music videos are competing, from postcard collages to deep fake videos. In Junge Milliardäre (Young Billionaires), for example, UWE has an astonishingly convincing deepfake Elon Musk not only dance but sing his own song; in Out of Control, Stacie Ant, in collaboration with DJ Hell, sketches a surreal future populated by digitally multiplied Hells. With The Pure and the Damned for Oneohtrix Point Never, Oliver Pietsch has produced a found footage montage of scenes in which film characters take out their anger on cars. The selection includes animations such as Christine Gensheimer's The Source of the Absolute Knowledge for Jaakko Eino Kalevi or Katarina Duve and Timo Schierhorn's postcard collage Mrs. Yamaha's Summer Tune for Richard von der Schulenburg. Corona's influence can be seen in the making of a number of the clips, but nowhere as clearly as in the ultimate Corona hairstyle of the Afghan Greyhound in Forever Corona by Kay Otto for Oliver Polak and Erobique.


Both competitions will be shown online for 48 hours each between 1 to 4 May. In both, the audience can vote for their favourites during this time and thus secure 500 euros in prize money for one German and one international clip.


The prizes in the German MuVi Award, worth a total of 3,500 euros, are donated by SAE Institute Bochum.


Oberhausen, 1 April 2021


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