VIDEO JUNKEE 2017 | MEDIA RELEASE
May 25, 2017
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK STAR HEADLINES VIDEO JUNKEE 2017
Australia’s Only Festival Dedicated to the Golden Age of Video Announces First Line-Up
In an Australian first, a festival for creators and lovers of video, Video Junkee 2017, launches today announcing that Yael Stone, star of the hit Netflix Original series Orange is the New Black, will lead an incredible line-up of speakers for the Festival’s inaugural event.
Taking over Sydney’s iconic Carriageworks on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 July, Video Junkee 2017 is a new Festival from the team at Junkee Media presented in partnership with Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. The Festival is a two-day celebration of creativity and innovation in video, presented through a series of talks, screenings, masterclasses and awards that brings together world leading and emerging content creators to discuss the Golden Age of video.
“Let’s have a conversation about the stories we tell, why we tell them and what possible impact they can have in the real world? Where the attention deficit media cycle is set to dangerously fast timer, what can stories actually do for our global consciousness?” said Stone.
“I’m positively rolling up my sleeves, ready to pop the hood with the wonderful Marc Fennell and see if we can try to understand just how this engine works,” she added.
Video Junkee 2017 is co-curated by Marc Fennell and Executive Producer, Henry Kalaf. Fennell, the host of SBS’s The Feed and former Triple J “That Movie Guy” said the Festival programming reflects current trends, “This is the Golden Age of video. We consume video now more than ever. It’s the perfect time to bring a festival like this together. Not only to celebrate the great work by creators, streamers and broadcasters but also to make sense of the new frontier – what is the next blockbuster in live video or VR going to look like? Who is the Spielberg of social video? This is the perfect event to find that talent.”
“I’ve been a fan of Junkee from day one. They’ve built an authentic home-grown digital voice for young Australians. They are the perfect people to make this festival,” said Fennell.
‘So, what are you watching?’ is the question that is being asked both on social media and in lounge rooms, offices, pubs and restaurants as the country embraces new video content of all kinds. Junkee Media CEO, Neil Ackland said, “With the explosion of new content and the many new ways of discovering and watching from mobile phones to the big screen we really believe this is the right time for us to launch the Video Junkee Festival and online platform to harness this new national obsession.”
From Foxtel to YouTube Red, Netflix to BuzzFeed and ABC iview, Video Junkee 2017 has partnered with the biggest Australian and International producers of in demand video content. “These partners will offer up some of their incredible creators, stars and programming heads to share ideas, insights and learnings throughout the Festival,” said Kalaf.
Festival attendees will get access to an exclusive YouTube Red Originals screening with the festival partner also set to present a Creators panel, exploring the platform’s best Australian and International content creators and discussing the future of the world’s most used platform.
Video Junkee 2017 will present a steller line-up of sessions, screenings and exciting events with further speaker and line-up announcements to be in mid-June from Foxtel, YouTube Red, Netflix, ABC iview and BuzzFeed.
Video Junkee 2017 is also proud to announce key partnerships with partner Carriageworks who are hosting the main Event, Dendy Cinemas with screenings at Dendy Newtown and major media partner oOh! Media who are supporting the festival with an extensive out-of-home campaign.
The festival promises to showcase the very best new video content and creators in the country; celebrating, discovering and fostering creativity, talent and innovation in Australian video, encompassing SVOD, Social, Live Streaming, TV, Film and Branded Entertainment.
If you’re a lover, a creator or a consumer of video then head along to Video Junkee 2017 in Sydney to hear from the leaders in video and get a glimpse of what and who Australia will be watching in 2018.
Multi-Pass tickets ($89-$149) are available now giving you priority access to keynotes talks, sessions and screenings. General tickets ($12-$39) go on sale from 15 June.
More announcements including second speaker line-up and program to be made in the coming weeks.
Video Junkee 2017 takes place 28-29 July, 2017 in Sydney for more information, visit www.videojunkee2017.com
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Who is Junkee Media?
Junkee media is Australia’s leading youth digital publisher. Junkee is Australia’s smartest and most original pop culture title. Junkee goes beyond the headline to give young Australians a fresh take on what’s going in their world. From movies to politics, TV to tech and everything in-between, Junkee covers a broad spectrum of topics from the things that really matter to the things that don’t.
Yael Stone Bio
Yael Stone has worked extensively in the Australian film, television and theatre industry. A NIDA graduate she cut her teeth at 13 years old in her first professional role and never looked back. Yael is best known for her portrayal of ‘Lorna Morello’ in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, a true global phenomenon which has been honoured with the SAG Award for Outstanding Comedy Ensemble in 2015,
2016 & 2017, and nominated for the 2014 and 2015 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama. Yael’s performance has earned her critical acclaim worldwide and she is commencing work on her 6th season.
Yael is also set to return as well loved mushroom dealer/dog walker ‘Beth’ in the WGA Award-winning series High Maintenance, for HBO. She went toe to toe with Charles Dance as ‘Peretta’ in the SyFy series based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End. Yael joined an all star cast for Wilde Wedding, acting alongside legends of stage & screen Glenn Close, John Malkovich, Sir Patrick Stewart and Minnie Driver.
In Australia Yael received a TV Week Logie Award nomination for Most Outstanding Actress for her portrayal of ‘Tori Lustigman’ in Deep Water (Blackfella Films and SBS) starring alongside Noah Taylor and directed by Shawn Seet. Most recently Yael joined the cast of Foxtel’s eagerly anticipated drama Picnic At Hanging Rock alongside Natalie Dormer which is set for major international release.
Yael splits her time between Sydney and New York City and is a proud board member of Liberation Prison Yoga.
Marc Fennell Bio
Marc Fennell is an Australian radio and tv presenter, interviewer film critic, award-winning technology journalist, author and the anchor of SBS VICELAND’s live nightly news show The Feed. Marc created and hosts the popular ABC RADIO media and tech programme Download This Show. For over a decade Marc has been Australia’s most listened to film critic – better known to over a million triple j listeners as That Movie Guy. He is also the Creative Director of the Not-for-profit Media Diversity Australia. Over the years, Marc has worked with the likes of BBC, Network Ten, ABC, SBS, Foxtel, Red Bull, Monocle, The Good Food Guide and Showtime. Marc has written two books: 2011’s That Movie Book and 2015’s Planet According To The Movies. One time he was also a stand-in hand model. There are unconfirmed reports that his fingers are delicate and childlike.
Neil Ackland Bio
Neil Ackland is an experienced media industry leader and entrepreneur with over two decades experience spanning, publishing, music, digital media, marketing, video, social and events.
Neil is the CEO and Founder of Junkee Media, one Australia’s leading publishing companies.
Junkee Media is one of Australia’s fastest growing and most innovative new media companies. Junkee Media creates highly shareable content across popular online media brands including Junkee (Music Junkee, Video Junkee and Politics Junkee) (Mumbrella Media Brand of the Year 2014), Punkee, inthemix, AWOL (Mumbrella Content Marketing Strategy Of The Year 2015) and The Cusp. Together, these titles have a monthly audience of more than 1.5 million Australians. Junkee Media was acquired by oOh! Media in 2016.
Henry Kalaf Bio
Henry Kalaf is the Executive Producer of Video Junkee at Junkee Media, Australia’s leading youth digital publisher. In this role he is responsible for the overall development and execution of the annual video festival and online platform, for creators and lovers of video. Formerly the Festival Manager (2012-2016) of the Tropfest short film festival, Henry is an experienced entertainment professional with vast experience across, events, partnerships, marketing, and film production. Henry has studied Digital Media at COFA in New South Wales and Film & Television at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.