The Baltic Music Video Competition, or BMV, endeavors to uphold the belief that music video is an independent and powerful short format. RIGA IFF curators look for videos that both challenge the audience and push the boundaries of accepted format, content, and artistry.
The screening of this programme is designed as a special event in itself: a lively meeting between music video-makers, musicians and composers, curators, the international jury members, and the audience.
BMV seeks videos that are daring, innovative and experimental. The submitted video must have been produced in either Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania (the origins of the music is not a selection criterion). Only official music video clips are accepted. There are no length restrictions. Videos must have been completed no earlier than June 2019. For the selected videos, both the creative team and the featured musicians are invited to attend the festival. RIGA IFF especially welcomes submissions that, if selected, would make their premiere at RIGA IFF.
The award – “Silver Grass-snake” (a silver pin featuring the Latvian symbol for a grass-snake) – is presented to the winner of the competition during the RIGA IFF Award Ceremony which takes place on the second Saturday of the festival. The panel of international jury consists of five people – a creator of music video clips, a music-video curator representing an international film festival, a musician, a music journalist, and a professional musical event manager. Competition participants may attend the jury’s official screening as an additional opportunity in which to exchange thoughts and opinions.
The call for submissions opens on 19 March 2020 and closes on 7 August 2020. The results will be announced by 10 September 2020.