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We’re Bringing Yael Stone To Our First Ever Video Junkee Festival!

Get ready to celebrate the Golden Age of Video.

Surprise! We have a cool thing to announce. Junkee is launching its first ever festival for all creators and lovers of video. Video Junkee is coming to the iconic Carriageworks in Sydney from July 28-29, and you’re invited!

Video Junkee is here breaking ground as Australia’s only festival celebrating the golden age of video that we are living in, praise be. We’re inviting your favourite actors, comedians, directors, distributors and more to come together for exciting new screenings, panels, keynotes, masterclasses, awards and general good times. And the biggest news yet: the festival will be headlined by Yael Stone of Orange Is The New Black!

Stone, who is currently in Australia filming the upcoming Picnic At Hanging Rock remake, is completely stoked about the festival. “I’m really excited to be doing it,” she told Junkee. “I just think it’s great to be able to have the conversations, and to be clarifying some of the ideas and understanding where we are in our society. A festival that explores storytelling and content is really up my alley.”

The festival is co-curated by Marc Fennell, host of SBS’s The Feed and former ‘That Movie Guy’ from Triple J. Fennell, who is a “big fan of Junkee” (*blushing*) will be the one onstage chatting to Stone, and many other exciting artists, at the festival this July.

“I’m really thrilled to talk to Marc Fennell,” Stone said. “I think he’s such a clever guy and a great mind. I always love how Mark always talks directly to his audience; he’s not patronising. He’s just a guy who loves movies and stories, and he wants to share his thoughts.”

Aside from Stone, Junkee is joining with Foxtel, Netflix, YouTube Red, BuzzFeed and ABC iView to bring some dead-set talent your way for the festival. It will truly be a deep dive into our golden age of video, and, to quote Stone, we won’t be “pulling any punches”.

“We should be talking about things that make us comfortable and uncomfortable in this arena… and what’s possible for the future. What are the daring visions that we’re able to project into the future of storytelling and cultural discussions?”

Head to our brand-new festival website for more details, and look out for our full interview with Yael Stone, coming soon. We’ll be announcing more guests in the coming weeks. If you’re sold already, you can grab multi-pack tickets from the website now which will allow you first access to keynotes and sessions. General tickets to individual talks (ranging from $19-45) will go on sale from June 15.

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