General Music Video category
General Music Video category, where any member of the key creative team is from Southwestern Ontario, or the music video was at least partially produced in the region, are eligible.
High School Music Video category
Our Youth Film Festival has a category for high school student’s music videos.Please click here for more information.
Neil Haverty – Senior Manager, MVP Project / Prism Prize at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Neil Haverty oversees multiple initiatives that aim to spotlight artistry in the Canadian music video industry. The Prism Prize was established in 2012 to recognize extraordinary achievement within the field. The MVP Project, a joint initiative with RBCxMusic, was recently launched to assist in the creation of new music video work by way of production grants for emerging artist teams (comprised of recording artists, directors and producers). Haverty also works as a film composer and musician, most notably as a founding member of Toronto-based ensemble Bruce Peninsula.
Carol Vernallis Ph.D. – Music Professor, Stanford University. Her first book, Experiencing Music Video: Aesthetics and Cultural Context (Columbia University Press, 2004), is the first to articulate a theory of how music, lyrics and image can be placed in relation, and provides detailed analyses of individual videos that show the parameters of sound and image at work in a temporal flow. Unruly Media: YouTube, Music Video, and the New Digital Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2013), her second book, considers the techniques and strategies that are shared across the three forms of digital media it focuses on. Vernallis is lead-editor of Transmedia Directors: Artistry, Industry and New Audiovisual Aesthetics (Bloomsbury, 2020), and The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media (Oxford University Press, 2013), as well as co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics (OUP, 2013). She is currently lead-editing Cybermedia: Scientists and Humanists Face the Machines (under contract with Bloomsbury), and completing her monograph, Embracing the Media Swirl: Politics, Audiovisuality, and Aesthetics. Her articles have appeared in journals including American Music, Cinema Journal, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of the Society for American Music, Music Sound and the Moving Image, Popular Music, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and Screen. Videos screened internationally.
The overall winner in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. All other winners will receive Downtown Dollars. Music videos must be completed after January 1, 2018. All genres, video length and styles are welcome.
- Early bird – 15th May
- Regular – 15th June
- Final Deadline – 15th July
The creators of the accepted videos will be notified August 1, 2020.Submit Now