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53:14 Music Video Experiment

Applications for 53:14 are now closed. Thank you!

Colorado musicians and film/videomakers, you have an incredible opportunity to participate in the sixth annual 53:14 Music Video Experiment!

The 53:14 Music Video Experiment gets its’ name from the challenge of time. It is a music video challenge that pairs 10 filmmakers with 10 musicians (or bands) and then gives them $1,000 plus 53 hours and 14 minutes to produce a music video in Northern Colorado.

“There’s nothing an artist needs more

– even more than excellent tools and stamina –

than a deadline.”

Adriana Trigiani, Viola in Reel Life

The aspect of time and the creative process is a motivator in the 53:14 project. The artists and bands are teamed up, in a surprise random reveal, the minute before the clock starts ticking. It is a lofty goal for the band and filmmaker to meet, come up with a concept, shoot, edit, and deliver an original music video in one weekend. It inspires incredible collaboration and professional music-video results.

The videos will be honored with a community event at the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins, Colo. on Sept. 1, 2023. The public event is free, all ages, features live music, and will offer a world premier of the ten music videos.


“A goal is a dream with a deadline.”

Louis Armstrong

The organizers intend for the project to be collaborative and community-building rather than a competition. 

Details on how to apply are listed on the 53:14 website, with separate applications for musicians and filmmakers.

Application deadline is July 21, 2023. 

The Colorado Sound is proud to sponsor the 53:14 Music Video Experiment.

Previous 53:14 videos

Last year’s completed 53:14 music videos include:

The TimberlineBest Intentions

The TimberlineBest Intentions

Bevin LunaMasquerade

Bevin LunaMasquerade

Schama NoelNo Love

Schama NoelNo Love

And this entry from two years ago: Last Call RomanceWhat do I Have to Prove

Last Call RomanceWhat do I Have to Prove

“A deadline is, simply put, optimism in its most kick-ass form.

It’s a potent force that, when wielded with respect, will level any obstacle in its path.

This is especially true when it comes to creative pursuits.”

Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days

2023 53:14 Music Video Experiment Schedule

July 21 – Application deadline

July 28 – Lineup announced

Aug 18 – Kickoff at The Lyric, teams announced

Aug 18-20 – 53:14 production weekend

Sep 1 – World premiere screening party at The Lyric


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