Where Australia’s XR Community Connects

October 19 & 20 2019

360 Byron

For several years 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 2019 for our 4th annual edition of Co_Lab_Create we are bringing 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. You can buy your ticket here.



Patrick Wagner 

Managing Director of Interactive at the multi-award winning Weta Workshop, worked in the games industry for over 10 years, as Executive Producer for Gameloft where he supervised the creation of 40 mobile games and Region Manager for Oceania where he led the Auckland based studio.

Mhairead Connor

An Award-winning producer whose career encompasses mixed reality projects with some of New Zealand’s best story-telling talent from Oscar winners to FWA Hall of Famers, creative producer for Weta Workshop’s game studio helping to cat-herd the universe of Dr. Grordbort onto the cutting-edge MR platform Magic Leap

Thomas Dexmier

Thomas’s mission is to grow the VR ecosystem and realize HTC’s grand vision: Vive Reality, the convergence of 5G, VR/AR, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain to create richer immersive experiences that will change our lives.

Raqi Syed

With an extensive career in blockbuster feature films, Raqi has been profiled as a leading figure in New Zealand VR research and was selected as a 2018 Sundance New Frontier Story Lab Fellow and Turner Fellow.

Cassandra Grey

Chairperson of the New Zealand Game Developers Association, Assistant Events Manager at Weta Workshop and an active member of the NZ games industry, Cassandra is a mentor for the Wellington cohort of the Working Lunch mentoring program and was Developer Events manager for the 2019 New Zealand Games Festival.

Ben Richards 

Executive Producer at Apothecary Films, crafts digital worlds, tinkered with immersive spaces in the early nineties, AR for the last 10 years and award winning VR content for the last 5 years. Currently operating in stealth mode for all the super exciting stuff coming up in the XR space.

Jason Bentley

AURORA is a VR/AR production company that explores commercial applications of immersive technology. Winners of 2017 Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow & Telstra NSW 2018 Energised & Emerging Award.


Pete Short

Internationally recognised VR director & producer and founder of Dreamr Studios. Pete believes that even with such an exciting new medium that the technology should support the story and not the other way around, so he works by one simple rule – put story first.

Michelle Brown

Multidisciplinary artist and producer focused on immersive and interactive art installations and creating storytelling experiences in the extended reality space, produced documentary series for Australian television, created music videos and visuals for a variety of artists and festivals.

J’aimee Skippon-Volke – 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.

Osvaldo C. Alfaro – 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.

Timur Musabay

Co-founder of Occupied VR’s and creative leads, Timur has been directing within the world of VR since its initial resurgence. Occupied has already developed Immersive Experiences for such brands as: Samsung, Sony, Nike, Intel, Mad Decent, Ridley Scott & Associates, Universal, David Cronenberg, Flying Lotus, and VICE.

Craig Bowler

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

Charles Hendon

Founder of VISITOR, a studio that invites you to explore creative offerings in performance art, storytelling, organisational intelligence, and automated cinematography. Creative engineer and currently works with the emerging potential of VR, AR and Mixed Reality platforms and released the award-winning VR documentary “Inside Manus”.

Jazna Rossi

Project Manager for Toast VR, makers of the top selling VR game Richie’s Plank Experience, currently holds a leadership position within the Queensland’s Women in VR organisation and Frontier XR, a non profit dedicated in helping promote the XR industry within Brisbane.

Dominic Allen

Award-winning Australian director and producer, with a background in fine arts and a passion for social justice, director and producer of Virtual Reality documentary Carriberrie which premiered at the Australian Museum in Sydney and screened at Sydney Film Festival as well as at NEXT in the 2018 March du Film, Cannes.

Margarita Decoster

Strategist at Reddogs VR, looking to innovate through immersive technologies and find new applications across industries. Currently focusing on a project to improve positive psychology and mental health in adolescents through VR.

Matthew North 

With over 15 years of post-production experience in the film industry, Matt is now part of the EDGE CT team that has been recently considering the best ways for the ordinary cinema patron to access these immersive stories in a safe communal space.

Ben Johnston

Founder of Josephmark, Breeder, Gilimbaa and We Are Hunted. As JM’s Founder, Ben leads a team who consistently create and launch innovative digital products like Australian startup chart Vest, catch-up news platform Hash and social music discovery site Undrtone.

Uzi Baron

Self-taught software solutions architect with wide and varying experience spanning over 30 years, spent seven years as an entrepreneur in the AR/VR/Vision/Games industry, having successfully led teams through the full life cycle of software development and designed large scale, globally distributed complex systems.

Ljudan Michaelis-Thorpe

Co-director of Indig-tell, an Indigenous driven VR/AR start-up that specialises in Aboriginal content for cultural preservation, education and gaming. Ljudan sits on the WIFT AUS board as Diversity Lead and is the curator for the Indigenous VR content for VR CAI (Siggraph) International Conference, Brisbane 2019.

Tel Benjamin

Multi-award-winning Actor, Screenwriter and Director and is currently in development on his debut feature film, Home and recently completed an ABC & Create NSW funded pilot for his Virtual Reality Mini-Series, The Obscure. Tel has written and directed commercial content for high profile clients such as Netflix and Urban Walkabout.

Alex Ben Mayor

Holds a Master of Technology and Innovation Management and maintains an interest in VR, AR and immersive technologies including haptic, and audio/visual augmentation, currently based at the Queensland Brain Institute leading the commercial strategy development for a new neurological drug delivery platform technology using ultrasound.

Dominic Crisci

Award-winning feature film writer, director and producer, with experience in games development, now works on developing and financing Australian features, TV and Interactive Media while researching for his PhD in Dramaturgy in VR.

Kacper Kotwicki

Kacper is a Principal Lawyer at Creative Artists Law, an entertainment law firm specialising in Film, Music, Games and IT law. He has 16 years of experience advising on major projects and intellectual property, including work on the Marvel and Bond franchises, as well as local film and television productions.

Kris Kotwicki

Kris is an entertainment lawyer and co-founder of Creative Artists Law based at Village Roadshow Studios. He started out working in computer games. Today he specialises in entertainment, IT and intellectual property law and has over 13 years of legal experience, having worked both in Australia and abroad.