News: CLIPPED MUSIC VIDEO FESTIVAL returns to Vivid Sydney and moves to the iconic Carriageworks, announces first speakers & submissions open


CLIPPED Music Video Festival is the most established event dedicated to music videos in Australia. It uses a unique event to celebrate the incredible developments and legacy of the music video through interactive exhibitions, competitions, premieres, live performances, VJs, screenings and VR explorations. CLIPPED is a showcase of the art of the music video, and how it is adapting to the modern music and film industry landscapes. This year’s event will take place on Saturday 2 June.

It features industry discussion panels with a varied lineup of local and international guest speakers. Some of these speakers will also act as judges in Australia’s only solely dedicated music video competition, where the best of talented Australian and New Zealand filmmakers get the opportunity to showcase their work.

‘I’m so proud that CLIPPED is heading into our third year as part of Vivid Sydney. It’s a beautiful city and an amazing time to hold such a unique event, now well known for putting a spotlight on the best music videos from Australian & New Zealand.’ says CLIPPED Festival Director Sam Bright.

Previous events included special experiences such as an ‘In Conversations with Warren Fu’ (Daft Punk, The Strokes), a screening of ABC’s ‘Rage 30: Celebrating Thirty Years of Rage’ documentary and an exclusive Australian screening of Paul Thomas Anderson & Radiohead’s 35mm pressing of the ‘Daydreaming’ music video. For the festival’s third iteration the calibre will be no less impressive.


CLIPPED aims to bring together the best minds in music video from Australia and the world to give a well-rounded view of the industry from filmmakers to musicians to arts practitioners. Here is a taste of what the program will include:

Jesse Kanda (UK) – Artist & Music Video Director
Sarah Blasko (AUS) – Artist
Mclean Stephenson (AUS) – Photographer & Music Video Director
Anthony Rose (AUS) – Music Video Director & Cinematographer
Tyson Koh (AUS) – ABC Rage
Ashlee Carroll (AUS) – MTV Australia & New Zealand
Chris Chow (AUS) – Chris Chow Creative Lawyers
Greg Carey (AUS) – Grow Yourself Up
Lisa Bishop (AUS) – MusicSA

This year, CARRIAGEWORKS & CLIPPED are proud to announce the acclaimed director, Jesse Kanda will deliver the keynote lecture on the night of the Festival launch (Friday 1 June). This London based artist, musician and music video director has a distinctive and arresting style which is instantly recognisable. Having worked with artists such as Bjork, FKA Twigs and Arca, Kanda will be a guest of CLIPPED and share his deep insights into collaborating some of the world’s biggest artists.

FKA Twigs LP1. Artwork : Jesse Kanda
ARIA Award-winning songwriter, artist and performer Sarah Blasko will join the festival as a panelist along with music video director Mclean Stephenson. Stephenson and Blasko have collaborated on projects for her recent and critically acclaimed album ‘Depth of Field’. Also joining CLIPPED, music video director Anthony Rose, who has shot over 300 music videos in his career and worked with a range of artists including The Veronicas, Tina Arena and Human Nature.

Artist Sarah Blasko. Photo credit: Kylie Coutts
A roster of experts will include Lisa Bishop, the General Manager of MusicSA who has a wealth of knowledge across music, film and arts management, Tyson Koh, producer of the ABC’s long-running music program Rage and MTV’s Music Programmer Ashlee Carroll who curates for the MTV Music channels across both Australia and New Zealand.

Chris Chow from Chris Chow Creative Lawyers will share insight about filmmaking from a legal perspective. Greg Carey of Grow Yourself Up, current co-chair of Association of Artist Managers (AAM), who oversees the careers of great Australian bands The Rubens, Urthboy and Saskwatch will speak from an artist manager viewpoint.


2018 marks the next step in CLIPPED festivals growth with a move to Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern. This impressive contemporary multi-arts centre is housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards. The distinctive 19th century architecture has been restored and regenerated into a modern space which speaks of a industrial past and an inventive future. CLIPPED will join its programming which proudly showcases contemporary art output in all its social and cultural diversity. CLIPPED will take place on Saturday 2 June 2018.


CLIPPED’s music video competition aims to showcase and reward Australia and New Zealand’s best music video talent. All record labels, musicians and filmmakers are encouraged to enter their videos for a chance to win prizes worth $17,000 from Panavision, Blackmagic Design, Røde Microphones, M·A·C, ZOOM, Silicon Power, Chris Chow Creative Lawyers,Audeara, One Solutions Accounting & New Audio. Applicants can submit their official music video to multiple categories including Best Video, Directing, Editing, Cinematography, Animation, Visual Effects, Makeup and more.

For a chance to be included in this renowned music video exhibition, please head to:

Final submissions for the competition close on Monday 7th May 2018.

Vivid Sydney is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas and now the largest event in Australia. For 23 days – from 25 May to 16 June 2018 – the event places a spotlight on Sydney and reinforces its position as the home of light, creativity,cutting edge music, engaging conversations and the exchange of new ideas. The festival is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. In 2017 Vivid Sydney attracted a record 2.33 million attendees and injected over $143 million into NSW’s visitor economy. For more information visit

Vivid Ideas brings together the world’s greatest minds, innovators and creatives for a program of public talks, industry seminars, conferences, workshops and debates exploring creativity as a catalyst for change and celebrating Sydney as a creative industries hub of Asia Pacific. Vivid Ideas is presented as part of Vivid Sydney, which is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency and runs from 25 May to 16 June 2018. For more information visit
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