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7th Annual Ibiza Music Video Festival

27 October 2019

The Ibiza Music Video Festival, held its seventh event on the beautiful island last weekend. The international awards celebration honors the work of those who have created the very best music videos and took place on the 18th and 19th October at various iconic Ibiza spots.

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The event kicked off at Hostal La Torre, with a ‘Meet the Commissioners’ panel where the audience, a mix of industry, including, directors, producers, production and post production companies, were told exactly what commissioners look for in a pitch. The panel, comprising of Daniel Miller, Kat Kattaneo, Elena Argios (Sony International), and Laura Clayton (Island Records), discussed how less is often more in a pitch as everyone’s time is precious.

Following this, the one and only Tim Pope hosted a ‘Craft of the Music Video’ panel with Blink director Tash Tung, Blink’s Head of Music Laura Northover and Freefolk Colourist Holly Greig. Tim asked the panel their perspective on how they approach their craft and spoke about how the industry has changed. He explained how when he was making promos there wasn’t even a pitch process, it was a chat with the director and then you made the video.

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On the craft of the Colourist, Freefolk’s Holly Greig discussed her part in the process, “I’m always very aware of how a lot has happened before the client comes in for the grade, they have put a lot of time, blood, sweat and tears into it so it’s important to try to quickly understand the mood of the room and the way the shoot influenced the dynamic between the crew.

After a spot of chilled Ibiza style mingling with everyone enjoying the incredible sunset, they all went onto Pikes Hotel for cocktails around the famous ‘Club Tropicana’ swimming pool with Phat Phil Cooper playing funk and disco until the early hours.

On Saturday night the awards themselves took place at El Hotel Pacha with two very special panels. First up was a presentation from Professor Emily Caston from the London Arts University & BFI celebrating the 1980’s - the golden age of the music video. Emily spoke about the art of the edit at this time and how, through videos from artists like David Bowie, Queen, George Michael and Duran Duran, this was such an inspirational era.
Then, the acclaimed legend that is Tim Pope took to the stage again and treated the audience to excerpts from his new book and wonderful stories about his time directing videos for Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Neil Young and The Cure. An extra special treat was letting the crowd hear a very funny voicemail message from David Bowie.

Tim, who had never been to Ibiza before, was delighted to be involved and had this to say, “**What a wonderful little festival in Ibiza where I had never been; a chance to hear about the origins of pop videos from Professor Emily Caston and to meet young film and video makers. Think I also managed to entertain them all with a few lurid stories of my times with David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed._”

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The awards themselves were judged by ​a prestigious group of respected creators, both established and up and coming to reflect the talent who make the very best music video and fashion films. Judges included; David Knight (Promonews), Holly Greig & Andy Copping (Freefolk), Ben Corfield (Stitch), Marbelle (Director’s Notes) Martyn Pick, Sharon Pinsker, Romain Chassaing, Andy Morahan and Chico Bialas.

Festival directors Gail Fear & Rupert Bryan were delighted with how it went, “​we managed to line up an exciting mix of guru’s from the industry to get involved in this years festival, and really hope, that ​in an industry that’s not short of awards shows, it stood out for being the only event of its kind. Festival goers got not only two days in Ibiza where they could network, party and learn from the cream of the crop from the world of music videos, but heard from some particularly special people with stories you’d never have heard before. Pretty special and very inspirational. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, roll on 2020!

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Submissions for next year open in April.

Full list of winners and nominees ​here:
Edit of winning videos ​here:
Festival website ​here: