Music Video Program

Music Video Program

When Anderson .Paak luckily finds a malfunctioning ATM that endlessly dispenses money, he's able to live out his wildest fantasies. His come-up allows him to spread his wealth anywhere he possibly can—buying tailored suits, jumping into huge pools of money, and even making it rain from the top of a billboard!



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I Don’t Know is a meditation on loss and the journey towards progress. We follow a man as he embarks on a journey through the 5 stages of grief. Each world he inhabits, he is confronted by a reflection of his own introspection. Ultimately we’re faced with the question, "Can one ever truly overcome loss?". What does a person pay to make it past denial, anger, bargaining, and depression?



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Malia James (ordinarily a live action director) directed an animated promo for 'Baby' by Bishop Briggs, alongside illustrator Anja Slibar and Seed Animation. Based on Anja's illustrations Neil Kidney and Morgan Powell from Seed animation directed, focusing on realistic performances from the main characters. During production Bishop was touring so there was no direct reference for her singing the song. The animators at Seed had to rely on YouTube videos to grasp her character traits, including lip movement, personality and style. The video features an animated Bishop Briggs and her boyfriend in a trippy love story, exploring the obsessions and passions that help to define their relationship.

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Visually stunning and deeply discomforting, 'This Is America' walks a tightrope between the sheer violence and cartoonish nature of racial politics in American society.

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From the moment Cipherella presses play on her ghetto blaster stereo, viewers become enthralled by the 90's hip imagery. She and her crew begin marching through a parking lot styled in matching denim outfits. Her opening rhyme, “true story everything I say you type. World of collision, catch my vision, hop my flight” alerts fans of the hip-hop cosmos to reflect in the most rhythmic of ways, shaking us from our main-stream trance and grooving us in a more fulfilling direction.



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On the heels of releasing his beloved single "Drown" with Clairo, Chicano heartthrob Cuco collaborated with Red Bull Music to create and release a new video for "Amor de Siempre" that humorously explores the topic of finding young love. The Kinopravda directed visual features Cuco and the all-female mariachi band the Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas serenading young lovers around his hometown city of Los Angeles. Throughout the video these young lovers share their stories as Cuco's wispy Spanish lyrics about falling in love play in the background.

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The music Video for “Wild” tells the story of the lives of the Mops that reside in our society. Often ostracized, or discarded, the Mops of mumbai live just like people do. They drive our taxis, get their hair cut, even party the same way. Following the lives of the mops, we see characters of all shapes and sizes, be it a wealthy mop, or from the mops of days passed, we see the daily lives, guilty pleasures, even the relaxing moments they enjoy.

The video takes on a rather dark comedic take on the lives of mops in our society. From being bullied, to owning their own history, the song Wild takes us on an innocent journey through a different lens.



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Former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes released his latest solo record, "World's Strongest Man", in 2018. In this video for "Walk the Walk," a poker game goes wrong in a series of video collages inspired by David Hockney's "joiners." Hockney combined photographs from different vantage points to compress space and stories into singular compositions. "Walk the Walk" extends the technique to video, telling a story through a series of video collages that play with the flow of space and time.

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Pa’lante is the story of an estranged family trying to reconnect in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It explores the working class struggles and Puerto Rican identity. Starring Mela Murder (The Florida Project) as Milagros and Kareem Savingnon as Manuel.



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Boyish was inspired by the classic Hollywood prom scene. Three outcasts dressed in matching suits crash a school dance together. The protagonist appears to long for someone out of her league, only to reveal her sights are set on something bigger.

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This is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.
In so many ways.
At first, I actually didn’t know if I even wanted to go on with music anymore. Then, something terrible happened to me.
I ended up at a crossroads. Either silent - or speaking. It was not an easy choice.
I didn’t want to talk.
I didn’t manage to talk.
But I had to talk.
Not to bring justice or to take revenge. Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.
I wanted to take back what I’d lost.
I had to get rid of what was hurting me.
// Jenny Wilson



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A fantastic live action cartoon of the American suburban dream.

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Strange things are a foot when a sleepwalker sets off into the night on an eerily unconscious dance rampage.

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Stop Talking is a bop, but it also carries a vital lesson- "We will become the words we say." We wanted to create the feeling of playfulness in calling out those closest to you, and the outcome is a strangely relatable ode to friendship.

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Drifting over a wintry terrain with the angelic vocals of Sumney pitted against it, we explore a horse stable tucked away in a rural, frozen landscape. We find Moses underneath the snowfall sharing a spiritual moment with a horse. The two are isolated together in a dreamlike montage and share a hypnotic bond that borders on the romantic as Moses cares for the horse. But when the two are separated, there is a lingering tension that invites the viewer to explore its nuance. Moses leaves the warmth of the stable to his secluded hideaway where he keeps his trophy-the lifeless body of a horse pinned up as a sculpture. It's terrifying, yet symbolic as Moses' stoic character reflects on his work.

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A documentary about four drag queens in Louisiana reconciling what they love with the people they love.

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This is the debut of an ongoing music video project entitled Sex Planet.

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In the midst of a fraught marriage, a jealous husband stumbles upon clues to his wife’s hidden obsession with hip-hop duo So Loki. Already suspicious, he is further horrified to learn she has won an intimate performance by the group at the couple’s home. With his paranoia spiralling out of control, the husband must come face to face with the objects of his wife’s desire.



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The video fuses an urban abandoned location, surrealist fairy tale lighting and a hypnotising contemporary choreography driving the story of two lovers.

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Reality killed us, but dance brought us back to life... and back to each other.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband
Screening Section: Music Video Competition
Screening Format: Shorts Program
Runtime: 86:00 mins