Direct a video for Sigur Rós

Winner Announced On
October 16, 2012
THE BRIEF

Sigur Rós are inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks from their new album Valtari. In keeping with the Mystery Film Experiment concept, the brief is completely open for entrants to take inspiration from the world around them to devise and execute a masterpiece. 

The winning video will receive an official place - alongside all the other creative artists and directors - in the Mystery Film Experiment pantheon showcased on the front page of sigur-ros.co.uk. Additionally, the winning film maker/director will receive a $5,000 cash prize. 

For the soundtrack to the video, entrants may use a digital copy from the CD or download the album which is available from all major stores here.

“Five years ago when we launched a similar competition to make a film inspired by our Icelandic tour film 'Heima', we received 57 entries. At the time this seemed like a lot to assimilate and judge. This time almost one thousand people (or rather, one thousand teams of people) have poured their hearts and souls into a bewildering variety of films that has frankly threatened to overwhelm us. Wow! People have entered from all corners of the globe, inspiring us with so many and varied interpretations of the band's music and without wanting to get too dewy-eyed, it really has been a humbling experience. Thank you one and all for your truly amazing efforts.” - Sigur Rós
ABOUT THE MYSTERY FILM EXPERIMENT

Sigur Rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band's forthcoming album. 

The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. Among the filmmakers are Ramin Bahrani, Alma Har'el and John Cameron Mitchell.

To see all the videos from The Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, click here!

For more information visit: sigur-ros.co.uk

ABOUT SIGUR RÓS
18 years since they formed in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sigur Rós have gone from post-rock influenced teenagers to one of the biggest cult bands in the world. Over the course of six studio albums, two films, live albums, solo records, side projects, films scores and various other artistic collaborations, Sigur Rós have become synonymous with soaring emotional music, most frequently characterised by singer Jonsi's unique, frequently wordless falsetto. They are often requested by film directors to heighten the impact of a particular cinematic moment, making their music perfect to set to picture. Sigur Rós also retain a fearsome live reputation.
THE CAREER OPPORTUNITY

The winning film maker/director will receive an official place in the Mystery Film Experiment entries and $5,000. In addition, they will receive:

  • Exposure for their video which will be featured on Sigur Rós' YouTube and social media channels
  • An 'Everything' package signed by the band, including an exclusive Icelandic Valtari blanket, t-shirt and art print


Three further 'highly commended' film maker/directors will receive:

  • Exposure for their video which will be featured on Sigur Rós'social media channels
  • Sigur Rós' merchandise including t-shirts, posters and a copy of Valtari

THE COMMUNITY CHOICE

The highest voted film maker/director will have their video featured across Sigur Rós' YouTube and social media channels. In addition, they will receive:

  • An 'Everything' package signed by the band, including an exclusive Icelandic Valtari blanket, t-shirt and art print
  • A copy of Valtari, in any format

HOW SIGUR RÓS WILL CHOOSE

Sigur Rós will select from all qualified submissions with special consideration for the top voted entries. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.

CREATIVE INVITE GUIDELINES

  • All videos submitted must be original content and the full length of your chosen track from Sigur Rós's album Valtari
  • Entrants can select any track from the album which is available to download from all major stores here
  • Participants must submit their video to YouTube or Vimeo then paste the video URL and click 'Get Video'
  • You must include a description about your submission

Official Rules
It's important to know our Official Rules before starting your creative work.
Read Here
Key Dates
  • Submit By: September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
  • Voting Starts: September 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
  • Voting Ends: September 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
  • Winner Announcement: October 16, 2012