Music Videos

A music video or song video is a short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie ins and merchandising could be used in toys or marketing campaigns for food and other products. Although the origins of music videos date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they came into prominence in the 1980s when MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these works were described by various terms including “illustrated song”, “filmed insert”, “promotional (promo) film”, “promotional clip”, “promotional video”, “song video”, “song clip” or “film clip”. Since the creation and increased popularity of YouTube, mainstream artists now promote new music videos by releasing trailers of short promos on the site for their upcoming song and music video. Consequently, YouTube has been converted into a social media platform for celebrities and artists to market themselves to their fans and audiences.

Music videos use a wide range of styles of contemporary video making techniques, including animation, live action filming, documentaries, and non-narrative approaches such as abstract film. Some music videos blend different styles, such as animation, music, and live action. Combining these styles and techniques has become more popular because of the variation it resent to the audience. Many music videos interpret images and scenes from the song’s lyrics, while others take a more thematic approach. Other music videos may be without a set concept, being merely a filmed version of the song’s live performance.[2] Music videos have also become a place where product placement is evident in almost every mainstream video. They are always parent and it usually takes place because the artist is sponsoring a product or brand. An example of product placement is the Beats Pill being featured in numerous hip hop videos. The strong emphasis on product placement is something that has evolved because of the global scale music videos can reach because of websites such as YouTube.

U.S. and foreign films

The English film title, original title, country of origin and production year are listed. Foreign-language films are subtitled in English.

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Broken Dance

Konstantin Vihrev-Smirnov | Russian Federation | 2015 | 7 m 24 s What if you were born in the body of a little girl, who’s family live in a distant, tropical country on a vast lake? And all of your existence is governed by the realms of water and stone, in a country with a huge… Read more »

Pattern Repeating

HochR | Norway | 2015 | 4 m 32 s Facebook A video work that tells the story of stark, latent family dynamics, where impotence, acceptance and hopelessness surface through the repetitiveness in our lives.


Christoph Lemmen, Ruth Wiesenfeld | Germany | 2015 | 9 m 20 s SPYR originated from a composition by Ruth Wiesenfeld, based on the experience of witnessing a musician absorbed in sound and movement. The film creates an immediacy that lets the viewer participate in this physical act of playing an instrument.


United States | 2015 | 8 m 26 s Facebook | Twitter Composer Peter Davison lives in the peaceful mountain village of Idyllwild, California. With photography of Idyllwild by Lissa Evans, Kathy Harmon-Luber, Erin O’Neill and Peter Davison, this dramatic rock music takes you on a journey through Idyllwild’s forest and mountains and its many moods…. Read more »


Roman Hill | France | 2016 | 2 m 57 s From chaos, matter flows and creates a structure.

We Live in the Lake

Mark Pedelty | United States | 2016 | 2:39 A song and music video created for the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance in order to help them raise awareness around sedimentation issues and direct community members to their restoration projects Cast Natalie Warren

Googoosh – Two Windows

Yasmine Asha | 2017 | 7:00 Persian with English Subtitles Facebook ‘Two Windows’ is the newest music video of the Iranian legendary singer GOOGOOSH. The story is about a lonely man and a lonely woman who lives on two different planets, but each night, for a brief moment, they see each other image in the… Read more »

Be Able

Ma-Ké | France | 2016 | 3:14 Facebook | Twitter A bitter sweet paper-cut delirium about medias and consumer-driven society. Some psychotic cats, a dripping tv post, teenagers high on antidepressants, a postcard beach with shipwrecked bodies, immortality according to google, and references such Pink floyd, Yves Klein, John Lennon and A clockwork Orange. Producer… Read more »

You Can Build a Garden

Mark Pedelty | United States | 2016 | 2:35 An entertaining and engaging music video about raingardens Cast Tim Gustafson Producer Mark Pedelty


Gary Borden, Kahly Smith | Canada | 2017 | 4:29 Facebook Blood of VanGogh music video Cast Ronny Munroe David Angelis Doug Evans Rory Faciane Gary Borden Producer Gary Borden