Where Australia’s XR Community Connects

October 19 & 20 2019

360 Byron

In 2016 along-side our established program of cutting-edge film content we launched Co_Lab_Create, a weekend of events, workshops and masterclasses specifically aimed at the growing Virtual Reality (VR)/ Augmented Reality (AR) sectors and the industries that have helped drive the creation of this medium – Venture Capital, Gaming, Film & VFX.

A networking, collaborative think-tank for Professionals seeking to unleash their creativity, grow their technical knowledge and the possibilities for Australasia’s XR Industry. Co_Lab_Create provides connections, skills and knowledge enhancement in the unique and beautiful setting of one of the world’s most famous beachside towns.

BBFF has a history of facilitating fresh collaborative and business partnerships and this is the spirit of Co_Lab_Create. Our intention to help grow a strong, stable and informed Australasian XR community who value best practice and innovative ideas.

Once again in 2018 for our 3rd annual edition of Co_Lab_Create we brought representatives from leading and emerging Australian and New Zealand VR/AR/VFX companies together to discuss, debate and discover. Our International delegates list always includes representatives from some of the world’s most dynamic companies and creatives working in this field. If you’re working in this realm new connections are ready to be built at this very special event.

We invite Professionals in these fields already working within the XR realms to register their interest in attending this special 2 day gathering through the link below. If you have any specific questions feel free to contact workshops @

This event is designed to create a space to get hands on – where minds can meet and, as the name suggests, collaborate and create. Reality is what we make it.

The event is also open on Sunday the 20th to attendance from those looking to work in or engage with the Industry.



Dr Barbara Lippe – Head of Content at HolodeckVR

A video-game-art-director-turned-actor perfectly bridging interactive and dramatic principles. HolodeckVR, is a deep tech company offering the the most precise XR tracking solution for massive multi-user large-scale free-roam arenas.

Barbara was recently listed as one of the 101 most influential women in VR.

Patrick Wagner – Head of Interactive – Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop and Magic Leap have been working in partnership to create reality-twisting creative experiences for Magic Leap’s Mixed Reality Lightfield™ technology, a revolutionary system that does away with screens by using the most powerful computer in the world: the human brain.

Weta Workshop

Adam Rogers – Executive Producer Gentle Manhands

Working with Tyler Hurd in association with Chris Milk’s studio WITHIN and Annapurna Pictures, Adam produced “Chorus” an epic multi-user experience being showcased at BBFF2018.


Charles Henden – Visitor Vision

A creative engineer with a passion for bringing interactive worlds to life. With a career stretching from licensed movie titles on the Nintendo Wii to real-time sports simulations on the Playstation4, nothing has excited Charles more than his current work with the emerging potential of VR, AR and Mixed Reality platforms.

Priscilla Harris – Head of Virtual Reality for HTC Australia/NZ

Priscilla is focused on educating, inspiring and creating awareness of Virtual Reality and how this can change and enhance how we have previously done things.

Craig Bowler – Visitor Vision

Interactive art director and technician Craig has lead art teams across numerous Mobile, PlayStation, Xbox and PC titles. As co-founder of VISITOR and SuperManual, Craig delivers fantastical multi-player, multi-language experiences, non-linear VR storyscapes, photo-real 3D environments and more.

Osvaldo C. Alfaro – GreenhouseFX 3D VR/BBFF

In 1999 Osvaldo established GreenhouseFX|3D|VR – a VFX and Animation company specialising in immersive content whilst awaiting the 2nd wave of VR.

As well as world-building in VR Osvaldo is passionate about stereoscopy, and he designs and creates his own camera rigs to help realise his technical and creative visions.

Paul Martin – CEO/Founder of tagSpace

tagSpace specializes in end-to-end publishing solutions for AR experiences, and is considered the world leader in AR walking tours for; Tourism, Events Campus Tours and Team Building. Paul has worked with/for companies inc Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Capcom and LucasArts, with specific expertise in game and graphics engines, technology direction and business development.

J’aimee Skippon-Volke – Collective Reality / BBFF

Collective Reality is a virtual reality curation and production company working to showcase & develop meaningful projects which use new and emerging technology to share a human experience.

Ben Richards – Director of Creative Development & Innovation, Cutting Edge

For almost 25 years Benjamin has been a highly successful chameleon in the film industry and sits very comfortably at the crossroads of creative, technical & business.

Brett Leavy – Digital Storyteller, Virtual Warrane

A proud indigenous broadcaster and inventor, an immersive heritage specialist, virtual historian and artist.

Jason Bentley – Founder & CEO of AURORA

An expert in commercial applications of Virtual & Augmented Reality with over 20 years of experience working with companies & brands across the globe to develop transformation strategies through immersive technologies. Winner of the 2017 Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow and keynote at Mumbrella, SEAMLESS Retail, Clariden Global AR/VR Summit & Global Shop.

Aurora Virtual Reality

Alex Ben Mayor – Project manager, producer

Alex Ben Mayor

Lex van Cooten – Managing Director of Immerse Enterprise

Lex began has founded and grown the company called Immerse Enterprise to offer corporate client services with an emphasis on utilising virtual and augmented reality technologies for real world solutions.

Immerse Enterprise

Dominic Allen – Director and producer

Dominic Allen is an Australian filmmaker, director, producer and creative director, known for his film Two Men, which let him win both the 2009 MIFF Australian Emerging Filmmaker award and the Inside Film Rising Talent Prize.

Luke Bubb – Concept Artist, Art Director, Creator

Luke Bubb

Olga Varlamova – LiveOps, Designer at KIXEYE

Kicking off her game design career as a writer on Defiant’s Hand of Fate 2, Olga now works at KIXEYE on VEGA Conflict writing lore and creating weekly challenges for players as a liveOps associate manager.

Margarita Decoster – Marketing & sales manager of Red Dogs VR

As a marketing & sales manager of an Australian immersive video company Red Dogs VR, Margarita Decoster currently manages the multiplatform 360 film project Carriberrie, a celebration of Indigenous Australian Song and Dance, which premiered at the Australian Museum in Sydney and has since screened in various film festivals including NEXT in the 2018 Marché du Film, Cannes. 

Timothy Fairless – Composer and music-maker

Timothy Fairless

Harrison Norris – Writer, Director

Harrison Norris

James Wright – Futurist, Filmmaker, Radio host, Political commentator, Musician

James Wright

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