Make Diversity Reality

XR Accelerator

October 19 & 22 2019

2019 marks the return of our highly anticipated Co_Lab_Create XR Symposium (October 19-20) and the continuation of our Incubation Lab – Make Diversity Reality XR Accelerator (October 21-22).

With the support of Create NSW, Byron Bay International Film Festival is once again be offering a mentorship for women and people of diverse backgrounds based in NSW over 4 days.

Why? Women and people of diverse backgrounds are massively under represented in many key areas of XR production in Australia, this lab will provide a pathway towards greater gender parity and diversity in our industry.

Industry leaders will share their knowledge and insight – in order to help the selected participants develop their ideas and/or their career-path.

See to see who some of this year’s mentors will be.

2019 Make Diversity Reality XR Accelerator applications are closed.

Mentees 2019


Jody Toomey

Game audio professional and a regular speaker discussing such topics as game audio, diversity and LGBTQIA representation and was included on the MCV Pacific Women in Games List 2018.


Lili Rojo

Growing up in Nimbin in an artist family, Lili has always been creative but when she started to explore digital technologies, 3D animation, and Virtual Reality she got completely obsessed and knew it was what she wanted to do. Lili now studies animation and visual effects at RMIT Melbourne.


Malinda Rutter

With a background in journalism, she is an internationally award- winning writer, director, producer, and published author. Her 34 years in film and communications has formed a stellar catalogue of broadcast work in Australia and the APAC region, US and Europe.


Karolina Koltun

Screenwriter, director, XR storyteller and worked as casting director and assistant director in the European film industry before moving to Australia to study directing & screenwriting. Karolina’s film BRAKES has been nominated for Best Directing at the Australian Directors Guild’s 2019 ADG Awards.


Marcelle Lunam

Award-winning, multi-disciplinary director and designer with over 20 years experience in storytelling for commercials, brands and film. Marcelles recent work includes an Indigenous AR/VR project and feature film in development with Blackfisch Films.


Mel White

Mel White graduated from AFTRS in 2017, she recently completed the VR101 course through Visor:Immersive and won Best VR360 at SF3 for her first VR film Checkpoint. She loves the endless possibilities with VR and is excited to continue with new XR projects in the future.


Priscilla Koukoui

Founder of OviSquare XR, a company that re-imagines entertainment, distributes and creates story living, content driven meaningful intimate and transformative experiences and plays with your sensations, by offering immersive interactive multi-sensory theatre renaissance.


Rodrigo Vidal Dawson

Executive Producer, Creative and Cinematographer with a wide range of narrative, commercial, art and documentary projects. Having Produced Feature films, documentaries and countless hours of Content for brands such as Adidas, Sony, Destination NSW to count as a few major clients.