72 Hour Music Video Competition

6th Annual EFS Music Video Competition

Top Score Record Show presents the

6th Annual EFS

72 Hour Music Video Competition


From April 16th – 19th, regional filmmakers and musicians will compete to produce the best music video within 72 hours, incorporating a mandated creative element and prop. Films submitted by deadline will be screened by a jury of media professionals, and by a public audience at the Broadway Metro on May 6. The film selected “Jury Award” winner will receive a $777 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner at the screening event will also receive a $333 cash prize.

There are two ways to participate in the competition:
  • MUSICIANS not affiliated with a filmmaking team are invited to submit as many original songs as they like (this year there is no fee for song submissions). Musicians affiliated with a filmmaking team may submit as part of that filmmaking team’s registration. All songs will be made available to registered filmmaking teams as they are received. Songs may be submitted now until April 9th at 11:59pm. Once a filmmaking team selects the song they wish to create a video for, it will be removed from the pool of available songs. Song submissions should be no longer than 5 minutes. Level of participation by musicians in the video production will vary by project, and is at the discretion of the filmmaking team.
  • FILMMAKERS are invited to register from February 15th until April 16th at 7:00pm, and must:
    • select a song from the song submission pool; or
    • select an appropriately-licensed song from Creative Commons; or
    • submit an original song from an affiliated musician when registering.

    Registration fee for filmmaking teams is $25.

Thanks to a fund generously provided by Mark & Joy Gall, 3 SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE this year for filmmaking teams. Please email us describing your interest in music video production and link an example of prior work. Scholarships include waived registration fees, and four tickets to the screening event. Inquire at info@eugenefilmsociety.com.

After registering, filmmakers will attend the competition kick-off event at Broadway Metro (888 Willamette St.) on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:00pm, where they will be notified of the mandated creative element and prop, and will be issued a USB drive.

Filmmakers participating from outside Eugene, or who are otherwise unable to attend the kick-off and/or wrap event, may still compete, but must make alternative arrangements in advance via email at info@eugenefilmsociety.com.

Register early, as participation is limited to the first 20 filmmaking teams to register.

Completed films must be returned on the issued USB drive at the Competition Wrap at Broadway Metro between 6:00pm-7:00pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Videos submitted by deadline, and meeting all specifications and guidelines, will be screened publicly on the evening of Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Broadway Metro cinema in downtown Eugene at 888 Willamette Street. Tickets to the screening event are $9/Adult, $8/Student, $6/Senior/Child and are available HERE. Audience members at the screening event will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2020 “Audience Award” winner.

Both the Jury and Audience Award winners will be announced at the competition screening, and prize packages will be awarded to musicians and filmmakers for excellence in several categories!

Follow the link below to register now!


By submitting the registration fee and/or completing the registration form, you agree to all applicable terms and conditions set forth in the rules below.

Select the type of submission/registration below.


    Register your song submission(s) now at the link below.



    Filmmaking Team Name
    Contact Person Name


Tickets to the screening event are limited, and are available at the link below.


1) No equipment, cast/crew, or support of any kind will be provided by the Eugene Film Society during the competition. Each team must use the resources independently available to them. Participants are solely responsible for understanding how to use and maintain their own equipment. All risk associated with the production, including but not limited to equipment failure or damage, lies solely with the production team. Additionally, no technical assistance will be provided by EFS at any point during the competition– please take the time to verify your post-production workflow in advance.

2) Music submitted must be original and fully-owned by the registrant (including samples, sound effects, lyrics and any other intellectual elements), or must be appropriately licensed and attributed from the rightsholder or creativecommons.org.

3) All other audio used in the final video, as well as visual and intellectual elements must be original, or otherwise royalty free. All intellectual material — including but not limited to production, script, story, animation, sound effects, and special effects — must be generated within the seventy-two hour competition time period. No stock or found footage created outside of that time period may be used. Films may be disqualified for unauthorized use of copyrighted or pre-existing material in their production.

4) Each production team is responsible for generating, securing and submitting any relevant talent and location release forms for members of their cast, crew, and locations used.

5) EFS reserves the perpetual and non-exclusive right to exhibit, reproduce, manipulate, distribute or sell, without consideration to musicians, production team or talent, any and all submitted videos, in whole or in part, in any format or form of media.

6) To be eligible for the “Jury Award” and “Audience Award,” films must be submitted during the competition wrap-up event on Sunday, April 19th, 2020 from 6:00pm-7:00pm, unless other arrangements have been made in advance. Films must be submitted via the designated thumb drive provided at the kick-off event, unless other arrangements have been made in advance.

6) Submitted songs and final videos must have a total runtime not longer than 5 minutes, including any credits. A title card is included on the USB drives distributed to each team at the kick-off event. This title card, the song title, and band name must appear on-screen in the opening and/or closing credits in some form, for at least 3 seconds.

7) Songs may be submitted in any playable format, and musicians will make a good faith effort to provide high-quality versions to the filmmaking team producing their video.

8) Musicians will make a good faith effort to be available for creative consultation, shooting or other participation during the competition period April 16-19, 2020. The level of involvement and time commitment necessary can vary greatly depending on the creative decisions made by a filmmaking team. Musicians may not need to participate at all, or may be a key part of the creative development— this and other creative decisions are entirely at the discretion of the filmmaking team.

8) Films must be submitted at a resolution of 1920×1080 at 23.98 or 24 fps, with stereo audio track. Total file size must not exceed 4GB.