53:14 Music Video Experiment at FoCoMX

Once again we’re inviting a cohort of 10 teams from Northern Colorado to embark on a journey of learning, and providing them budgets and resources for the creation of a series new music videos to premiere during FoCoMX in Fort Collins.

The 53:14 Music Video Experiment gives filmmakers and musicians a limited window (53 hours and 14 minutes) to conceive, shoot, edit and delivery an original music video. Similar to a 48 Hour Film Festival, this experiment comes with a catch. Filmmakers and musicians won’t know who they are working with until Kickoff on April 12, 2019. During that event, filmmaker teams and bands/musicians will be randomly paired up and sent off to create their original music video in just over 2 days.

To help with this project, we’re providing each team a small budget to put into the productions however they wish. Additionally, we’ll be hosting some communal meals throughout the shoot days and providing access to some unique filming locations, like Old Town Square, the Music District and The Lyric. Follow #5314MusicVideoExperiment on Instagram for a peek behind-the-scenes.

The music videos will premiere April 27th at Washington’s during FoCoMX 11, with an encore screening April 28th at The Lyric. Attend A Screening —>

We will only be accepting a limited number of applicants. We are looking for a wide diversity of musical groups, ideally encompassing a broad range of genres/styles. We are excited to work with both established and up-and-coming musicians, but we do ask that you have a selection of professionally recorded tracks available.

If you have questions, please contact us!


The 2019 application is closed.
Apply with your FoCoMX application. Look for the check-box that asks if you’d like to participate in 53:14.


The 2019 application is closed.
Apply on our website. Contact us and opt in to our email list for news about future experiments.

Connect with the community of NoCo music + video makers

Northern Colorado is rich with support for all kinds of multimedia makers.  There’s a little something for everyone!

Whether you’re looking for professional support or new connections in the community, here are a few regular events and meetups in the area to put on your radar:

Updates 4/2019:

  • There will be a writers workshop for film and play writers on May 18th from 3-5 with a mix and mingle after at la de da.
  • WWFF is June 7-9.
  • HIFF is open for submissions.
  • 53:14 premieres 4/27 at FoCoMX.


We try to keep up with the comings and goings of local resources when we’re not working on projects. If you see something outdated or know of something missing, please drop us a line!


The Northern Colorado Music + Video Cluster is an open group for multimedia makers working to advance their craft, business, and community.


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