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Clipped Music Video Festival Returns to Vivid Sydney

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 Kandawill 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.


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:  https://filmfreeway.com/clippedfestival

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