Baltic music video competition or, as we usually call it, #BMV strives to prove that the music video is a powerful short format on its own right. We strongly believe it can be a piece of art in addition or even independently from serving as a “TV commercial” for the music. The curators look for videos that challenge the audience and push the borders of the format, content and art direction while striving for increased harmony between the audio and the video aspects of the piece.
#BMV celebrates its 4th anniversary this year. There are 16 music videos selected and, as usual, the programme consists of works that were created during the last year in the Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The stylistic range of these videos is wide and wild. We have extravaganza, we have imagination, we have nostalgia and even futuristic ideas that are all represented in these videos. #BMV treats a music video as a self-sufficient work of art that can reflect the changes in the world around us.
The curated programme will be presented on October 26 at 20:30 in ‘’Tu jau zini Kur’’, making the last Friday of the festival a night to remember. The #BMV screening is a meeting platform of the video-makers, music-makers, curators, the international jury and the audience. Join us!
Curator of the MuVi Prize competition programme and MuVi International programme at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. Selection Committee member of the programmes Panorama and Focus at the International Women Film Festival Dortmund / Cologne. Curator of music video and short film programmes at various festivals and institutions – Impakt Festival (Utrecht, Netherlands), Traumzeit (Duisburg, Germany), etc.
Represents the Latvian musical underground scene for close to 15 years already as solo artist (guitarist, drummer, and vocalist), lyricist, songwriter, the leader and member of a number of groups and projects. Composer of the original scores for theatre productions Asins Kāzas (Zirgu Pasts, Latvia, 2015) and Tal Y Como Vinimos (Agulla de Marear, Vigo, Spain, 2015). Co-founder of the venue for concerts and musical performances Aleponija.
Audiovisual media artist, Latvia
Audiovisual media artist, VJ INA VARE, and teacher of Advertising Design programme at the vocational education competence centre Riga School of Design and Art. Works in video, painting, installation art, sculpture, photography, and new media. Participates in exhibitions and various projects, as well as art and film festivals since 2005. Nominated for the Art Academy of Latvia Prize 2016 for outstanding achievements.
Editor of music webzine Gigwise, United Kingdom
With over 80 writers and 20 photographers on call worldwide, Gigwise covers all major and underground music events. Working closely with artists, record labels, PR, and promoters, it doesn't just report on the music scene, but plays an active role. Gigwise has consistently been at the cutting edge of music, often breaking exclusive stories on music’s biggest acts. The fresh, uncompromising approach has won it a loyal and ever-expanding core of users.
Music event producer, Estonia
Tied to Estonian music field in many ways. She is involved in organising Intsikurmu, the largest festival of music and arts in Estonia. Kristine has been influencing and developing Estonian youth music scene for many years by organizing different music events and producing Noortebänd – Estonia’s most significant band competition that serves as a starting point and guide for uprising artists that perform original music.