Kris Moyes

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Kris Moyes
Kris Moyes, Australian Director, lecturing at TodaysArt in Den Haag, The Netherlands
Kristoffer Stephen Hope Moyes

(1978-10-30) 30 October 1978 (age 44)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation(s)Director, Producer & Founder KMOYES PICTURES
Years active2005 - present

Kris Moyes (born 30 October 1978) is an Australian-born director and producer and founder of KMOYES PICTURES. He is perhaps best known for his innovative music videos.

In 2005 he directed The Presets "Are You The One?" which utilized a large array of film techniques that playfully proposed answers to who the "one" is. The video also featured a digital artifact motif he developed by interrupting the transfer of DIVX files of original footage from a PC to a MAC computer, to which many homage videos were made.[1][2]

Moyes has had close ties to Modular Records since 2005. He is probably better known for his videos for Softlightes and The Presets. In 2008 Moyes directed a traditional performance based music video for Wolfmother "White Unicorn" on the condition that Pav, the head of Modular Records allowed him to deface his own work and re-release it, under the pseudonym Banditobruce.[3] The piece of subterfuge was a reference to Marcel Duchamp's Readymade, L.H.O.O.Q.

Moyes has also directed four music videos for Sia. His first video for Sia's "Buttons" in 2007 was linked by Perez Hilton on his blog and received over 300,000 views in one day, becoming the No.1 Most Linked Music Video and No.2 Most Viewed Music Video on YouTube.[4]

In 2010 Moyes directed and co-wrote a satirical short film, called "City Limits" featuring costumes by Australian fashion label, Romance Was Born. It was screened at ASVOFF (A Shaded View on Fashion Film) at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Moyes has also been exhibited alongside John Baldessari, Brian Bress,[5] Miranda July, Peter Sutherland, Paper Rad, Melanie Bonajo,[6] Michael Gondry, Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, Mark Romanek and Floria Sigmondi.[7]

Over the years, Moyes has appeared in a number of publications including, L.A. Times, Esquire,[8] Tokion, The Open Day Book[9] and The New York Times where he was invited alongside Jeff Koons, Banks Violette, Oscar de la Renta and The Campana Brothers to re-design the ' T ' Logo for The New York Times Style Magazine.[10]

Between 2015-2018, Moyes redesigned the identity for Australia's longest running TV program RAGE, the first redesign in over 30 years.

Music videos[edit]







  • Kirin J. Callinan - W II W







Exhibitions and screenings[edit]




  • Space15Twenty, California
  • Microcinema, California
  • Monster Children Gallery, New South Wales
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, New South Wales
  • FIVECC, Spain




  • Gutenberg Museum, Germany
  • Chalk Horse Gallery, New South Wales
  • Egoist TV, Russian Federation
  • Zubroffka International Short Film Festival, Poland
  • Digital Marrakech Festival, Kingdom of Morocco



Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2008 Kris Moyes for The Presets "My People" Best Video Won [11]
2010 Kris Moyes for The Presets "Clap Your Hands" Won
2018 Kris Moyes for The Presets"Do What You Want" Nominated

J Award[edit]

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2012 "Way II War" (Kirin J. Callinan) Australian Video of the Year Won
  • Sydney Music, Art & Culture Awards (2013) Best On Screen - Kirin J. Callinan - W II W
  • D&AD Awards (2008) nominee Best Music Video - The Presets "My People"
  • MVPA Awards (2008) nominee Best Direction of a Female Artist - Sia "Buttons"
  • MVPA Awards (2008) nominee Best Electronic Music Video - The Presets "My People"
  • MVPA Awards (2007) nominee Best Video Produced for Under $25,000 - Wolfmother "White Unicorn (defaced)"
  • MVPA Awards (2007) nominee Best Animated Music Video - The Softlightes "Heart Made of Sound"
  • Australian Dance Music Awards (2006) - The Presets "Are You The One?"
  • Antville MV Awards (2006) Best Unknown/Unsigned Director


  1. ^ Ray Tintori (Director) (10 February 2009). Chairlift - "Evident Utensil". Antville. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  2. ^ Nabil Elderkin (Director) (1 April 2009). Kanye West - "Welcome to Heartbreak". Boards Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Wolfmother - "White Unicorn (defaced)"". antville videos. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  4. ^ Sia - "Buttons". CMJ New Music Monthly Dec 2007. December 2007. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Carousel Microcinema". Carousel Microcinema. 19 January 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  6. ^ "Main Street - An Exhibition of New Video and Animation". Space15Twenty, Gallery Space. October 2009. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Spectacle: A Music Video Exhibition". Australian Centre for the Moving Image. September 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
  8. ^ "The Best Commercials of 2010". Esquire. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  9. ^ "The Open Day Book". Random House. 30 November 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  10. ^ "T: The New York Times Style Magazine". T: The New York Times Style Magazine. 14 September 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
  11. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners by Award – Artisan Awards – Best Video". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 12 December 2019.

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