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.

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
Anthony Rose (AUS) – Music Video Director & Cinematographer
Sarah Blasko (AUS) – Artist
Mclean Stephenson (AUS) – Photographer & Music Video Director
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 a 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.

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.

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.