EFS 72 Hour Music Video Competition


2017 Music Video Competition


TJ’s on Willamette & Stem Holdings present the 3rd Annual EFS 72 Hour Music Video Competition.

From July 13-16, regional filmmakers and musicians will compete to produce the best music video within 72 hours, incorporating a mandated creative element. Films submitted by deadline will be screened by a jury of media professionals and a public audience on July 22. The film selected “Jury Prize” winner will receive a $500 cash prize, and the film voted “Audience Award” winner at the screening event will also receive a $500 cash prize.

This year there are three ways to participate:

– Musicians are invited to submit as many songs as they like (for a $5 submission fee per song). All songs submitted by deadline (July 1) will be made available as they are received to registered filmmaking teams, who will then select the song they wish to create a video for. Songs must be no longer than 5 minutes, and submissions are being accepted now using the link below.

Filmmakers are invited to register and choose a song from the song submission pool by July 6th. Registration fee for filmmaking teams is $20. Once you have registered as a filmmaker, you will receive a link to a private playlist with the available songs. This playlist will be continually updated as more songs submissions are accepted.

– This year, musicians and filmmakers also have the option to register together as a team for $35. Registration for this option is open now until July 12th.

After registering, filmmakers will attend the competition kickoff event (location TBD) on Thursday, July 13th from 6:00pm-8:00pm where they will be notified of the mandated creative element, and issued a USB drive.

Register early, as participation is limited to the first 30 filmmaking teams to register.

Completed films must be returned on the issued USB drive at a designated wrap location (TBD) between 6:00pm-8:00pm on Sunday, July 16th. Videos submitted by deadline, and meeting all specifications and guidelines, will be screened publicly on the evening of Saturday, July 22 (location TBD). Audience members at the screening event will be invited to vote for their favorite film and determine the 2016 “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!

Additional support for this event comes from University of Oregon Cinema Studies, Lane Community College Media Arts, IDX Brokers, Ninkasi Brewing Company, and Broadway Metro.

Follow the button below to register now!


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

Select the type of submission/registration from the menu at the link below and you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable registration fee via paypal. Once payment is completed, you will be directed to the registration form, and receive further directions. You do not need a paypal account to complete the payment– any credit card can be used.

Tickets for the Screening event will be $3 in advance and $5 the night of the event. Advance tickets will be available for purchase at the kickoff and wrap events.


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)

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 will 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 talent and location release forms for every member of their cast, crew, and for all 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 Prize” and “Audience Award,” films must be submitted during the competition wrap-up event on Sunday, July 16th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Barn Light East. Films must be submitted via the designated thumb drive provided at the event kick-off.

7) Submitted songs and final videos must have a total runtime not longer than 5 minutes, including any credits. “Eugene Film Society presents”, the song title, and band name must appear in the opening and/or closing credits in some form, for at least 3 seconds (this may be as a traditional music video title card, opening credits, credit roll, or any other creative presentation that is fully legible.

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

9) Musicians will make a good faith effort to be available for creative consultation, shooting or other participation during the competition period July 13th-16.

10) Films must be submitted at a resolution of 1920×1080 at 23.98 or 24 fps; total file size must not exceed 4GB.