About us

The 31st of may in 2014 was the magical date when Nordic Music Video Awards were held for the very first time. NMVA is the only award show that focuses solely on Nordic music videos. We want to display the best of what the Nordic music video scene has to offer and show the value of music videos as an independent art form.

The days of music videos on MTV are over, but even with minimum resources and lack of screening venues, the quality of music videos has never been better. Sadly most music videos are only as popular as the bands and artists representing them, and success is measured by the number of views and not the artistic quality of the video. We feel that music videos deserves more than that.

The Nordic countries are flooded with creative bands and directors that continually find new broadcasting forums, new financial methods and come up with fantastic ideas that makes music videos an art form in it’s own right. It seems like the music video format refuse to die, and it is about time we honour the innovative people hiding behind them.

Submissions for NMVA 2016 will open this autumn

The winners of the 2nd annual NMVA - 2015

Æ – Alle Gamla Drømmar Dø

The Nordic Music Video Award for Best Director goes to a video with a dark and highly captivating atmosphere. Brandishing a unique style and thought provoking vision, the director brings us intimately close to his characters’ lives and dreams. Playing with genres and symbolism, he never loses touch with his artistic concept, and manages to make this music video into a creative, visual work of film art.

Tove Styrke – Borderline

The Nordic Music Video Award for Best Cinematography goes to a video, which is a work of beauty, but not just for the sake of it. The camera work is done with subtlety, but with a sense for drama. Stark images and the contrast between the light and the dark, fire and water reflect the split personality of the lead character. A spectacular example of what happens when southern rhythms collide with Nordic landscapes.

Röyksopp feat. Robyn – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)

The Nordic Music Video Award for Best Edit goes to a very ambitious piece of work that manages to capture the immense energy of the performing artists. The pacing of the edit compliments the music exquisitely and the intense and intimate narrative brings the feeling of something epic having taken place and you wished you had been there to witness it.

Art Direction:
Timbuktu – Annie Leibowitz

The winner of this award is for work that played a crucial role in making a wonderful music video. With its faultless execution, an imaginative take on the image-obsessiveness of our modern world became a demonstration of how great art direction can bring a music video concept beautifully to life.

Post Production :
Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument

The Nordic Music Video Award for Best Post-Production goes to a video, which takes the viewer into unknown worlds. The pulsating beat of the song provides the heartbeat as well as the lungs for the video. The partnership between the music and the visuals is seamless and the world that they create will leave the audience with a sense of wonder, wanting for more.

Artist Performance:
Ylvis – I Will Never Be A Star

The performance of is perhaps the trickiest part of making a music video. It has to feel natural and effortless, which of course is the hardest pose of them all. The winner stood out with its unique blend of showmanship, grace, vulnerability and humour.

Nik & Jay – Novembervej

Secretive, touching, weepy, precise, monumental, unforgettable. The Nordic Music Video Award for Best performance goes straight into your heart. A simple grey story, becomes universal. His mesmerizing eyes brings you back to your childhood street.

Music Video Of The Year:
Röyksopp feat. Robyn – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)

A good music video aquaint us with its performers and captures some glimpses og their audiovisual universe. The winner does it with genuine confidence, contagious rhythmic feelings and an other-worldly catchyness. Not bad for a documentary-styled piece in black and white. It makes you wanna join the live audience.

GAFFA Audience Award:
Ylvis – Intolerant

The Award Show

A brand new initiative started in 2014 to celebrate the art of music video making in the Nordic countries, completed their first award show on the 31th May 2014. A grand celebration at Sentrum Scene in Oslo, Norway – an exclusive show with dancers, bands and DJ’s. Over 500 submitted videos prove this initiative to be well received in the film- and music industry across the Nordic countries. For 2015 we choose the old cinema that now is Cosmopolite Scene at Torhov in Oslo. This old building is a landmark in Oslo and host for many great concerts, festivals and events. A lively building full of stories and we have now become one of them ourselves. May 23rd was surely another night to remember, and here is our official after movie for 2015:


Symposium about Nordic music videos

For the first time ever, we are hosting an in-depth seminar about Nordic music videos. We have gathered a great selection of people and they will all share and discuss how we make, consume, direct and finance music videos today and in the future.

Program for the Symposium:

12:30 – Doors open

13:00 – Welcome and prectical info – Ola Martin Fjeld (Nordic Music Video Awards)

13:05 – The power of music videos – David Knight (Editorial director at U.K. Music Video Awards)

13:45 – The distribution of music videos – Nassir Achour (Founding CEO of Vidflow)

14:00 – Short break

14:15 – Panel debate – How do we define quality in a music video?

–        Otto Kylmälä from (Oulu Music Video Festival)

–        Three nominated directors (TBA)

15:00 – Lunch break – Free food and drinks!

15:45 – Conversation with Svana Gisla (Former producer at Black Dog film)

16:15 – Panel debate – Making music videos a more viable business

–        Andre Ottmar (Producer at Frokost film)

–        Morten Winther (Creative director at Copenhagen Records)

–        Anna Hildur (Programme director at Nomex)

–        Erle Strøm (Partner & Project manager at HES)

–        Nassir Achour (Founding CEO of Vidflow)

17:00 – End of Symposium and time to get ready for the award show!

Tickets available at Billettservice


For general questions or more information about the NMVA, please send a mail to:


or contact us directly:

Alexander Vestnes
Tel: (+47) 951 31 614

Ola Martin Fjeld
Tel: (+47) 941 10 341

Henrik Richer Schie
Tel: (+47) 984 64 614

Lasse P. Nøsted
Tel: (+47) 978 53 633

Inger Johanne Skar

Danby Choi

We would like to thank Norden & Oslo Kommune for the support: