Music Videos

Music Videos

Program Details:

Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Short Film Program
Screening Format: Short Film Program
Runtime: 89:15 mins

Program Includes:

A girl walks through the streets as she explores dance choreography based on body language, and more specifically sign language. The girl is soon joined by a group of fellow dancers who begin to spell out the words with their physical bodies. Their movements are representative of the universal bridge between dance and language.

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A music video inspired by Alessandra Sanguinetti's project "The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams".

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This is about the closest you can get to 1983 without a time machine. A young woman expresses her desires and anxieties about love through a dream-like dance sequence.

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In this new video for Polo & Pan’s Coeur Croisé (the first single of the album Caravelle), director Pablo Maestres once again pulls us into a surreal world of his own making. Here, party-goers loosen up after getting a taste of the magic potion provided by an other-wordly hostess and her handsome accomplice. The summery track provides the beat for a bewitched choreography as the retro festivities take a turn into the strange and erotic.

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Filmed on a white backdrop, edited, then printed out. “Half A Million” was created with 5,566 stickers, hand cut from the 4,868 frames and animated by sticking them down on top of each other at each of the 40+ locations.

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A techno-dystopian vignette that could be a miniature episode of Black Mirror. Music video for the song "Propagation" by Com Truise.

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"The Clock at The Back of The Cage” is a haunting, otherworldly stop-motion animated for a song co-written and performed by Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls) and indie psychedelic hero Edward Ka-Spel (Legendary Pink Dots). With a nod to Jan Svankmajer, two live actors and a sea of ordinary objects transform under a single camera-view stationed far above, capturing a surreal journey of love, isolation, loss and fantasy, leaving more questions asked than answered. The viewer is enticed to draw from their own imagination as they are taken on a trip as a witness into the intimate dream-world happenings between two partners as they slumber and fight to stay connected.

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In “Second Hand Lovers” a modern day bachelor shares his apartment with the memory of all his past lovers put together. In his fantasy they all share a loving, perfect, harmonious relationship,
all synced into one being. The fantasy falls apart when he meets a real woman and has to choose between the safety of daydreaming and the challenges of real love.

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A mysterious performance in a tank of water reveals a harrowing alternate reality.

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A new perspective is discovered and its mysteries uncovered through the looking-glass.

The vibrance and laid back melody of the song was an inspiration for us. We wanted to walk our viewers through the earth in different forms by showing a series of dreamy images, an oneiric trip between overwhelming landscapes and anonymous bodies. We want to transmit the sensation of liberty in which nobody can´t “Stop Us”.»

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Frank, a coroner who works the night shift at an L.A. morgue, enjoys hanging around dead people a little too much. One night, while listening to some bangers, Frank discovers that sometimes death doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t enjoy good beats. The dead body of a girl and a guy begin to dance, channeling the Chris Lake track “I Want You” and all its sexiness. Things soon take an unexpected turn in this fun view of the after-life.

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ZionT is a private detective who accepts requests to help people find their lost or missing animal companions. He is also willing to risk anything to meet someone who will truly bond with him.
Ms. Kate Bell is a mysterious lady who asks for an investigation to find her cat.
The Missing Cat is the one that ZionT chases after. Perhaps, she shows a love interest for ZionT.
The Party Animals: A group of humanoid animals that ZionT confronts when he hallucinates.

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An African-British woman clad head to toe in Union Jack prints dances in an immaculately decorated living room whilst her family sits back and lets it unfold. A response to Brexit, and a celebration of culture.

"This video is a celebration of the incomparable mix of cultures and the unique blend of people that makes this country so incredible," says Allen-Miller. "What makes Great Britain so great."

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“Territory” touches on issues of masculinity and vulnerability upon the occasion of a man’s homecoming

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One girl’s incredible, trippy journey on the New York subway as she deals with loneliness and intimacy

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Ten days spent in western New York during the cold months of January/February with its people and the local band Every Time I Die.

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The music video explores the life of four real women each going through their day with a Mind on Fire. Aisha Badru, the singer, who spends a lot of time alone in hotel rooms while on tour. She constantly performs for small crowds at odd locations around the US. Judy Diaz who is an actual pool cleaner in Los Angeles, struggles to balance work and family as a single mother. She dreams of saving enough money to buy a home. Fatima Harmi loves skating and competed as a teenager. She has been fighting lupus for the past few years and is rarely well enough to skate. Then there is YahNé Ndgo, the political activist, who will always fight for those who don't have a voice.

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While nervous owners and strict judges are doing their utmost at a dog show, the dogs themselves teach us how to deal with life's ups and downs. Before the big winner is even announced, the dogs lose interest: "Never mind dear, it comes and goes".

Sue the Night is the stage moniker of Dutch artist Suus de Groot. The sultry sound of Sue’s melodies is guaranteed to get you hooked to its spiraling layers of melancholy with a shimmering feel-good summer vibe. Since the release of debutalbum ‘Mosaic’ (2015) the six-piece band has been on a ride. With the release of the succesfull second album ‘Wanderland’ (2017), Sue the Night has created her signature sound and crystalized it on the spot.

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Smile is an honest expression of inner struggle, a young woman living in a community that left no room for freedom of sexuality. In a love letter to his mother, Gloria Carter, JAY-Z, tells her story of raising a preadolescent son, whilst living in Brooklyn’s Marcy Projects. The piece explore’s the battle against one’s hardship, environment, and unaccepting culture— while exploring self-identity.

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Lotus is music video for DJ CRAY. The film uses choreography and art direction inspired by the Romantic Period to explore themes of time, love and longing.

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