Real World VR

Real World VR, is Melbourne’s flagship XR-VR/AR/MR event and presents a series of high-quality XR -virtual, augmented & mixed reality events & festivals. Genres include VR filmmaking, VR/AR production, VR sound, music & education, VR animation, VR/AR MR arts and VR gaming. Real World VR manages and collaborates with MIFF VR, Ballarat Tech School and Transitions Film Festival VR.

Having gained a following since launching in 2016, the event showcases some of the most inspiring social enterprise & impact driven leaders working with new technologies in Australia.

Previous guests have included Oculus, HTC, Opaque Media, Zero Latency, Facebook, Google, Bob Brown Foundation, Marc-O-Matic, VRTOV, ABC, SBS VR, Start VR, MIFF VR, Film Victoria, Jumpgate, Humense, Staples VR, Transitions Film Festival, Melbourne University, NSW University, Ballarat Tech School & many more award winning filmmakers & producers.

The events include a speakers forum, Q&A, panel, equipment demonstrations, VR showcase, live performance & networking.

We facilitate engage, support, educate, influence, promote, connect and inspire audiences, enthusiasts, industry, developers, producers, filmmakers, animators and the XR-VR/AR/MR community to form collaborative partnerships, find employment, form business partnerships and work on each others’ projects.

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Real World VR, founded in March 2016, brings together some of the industries most respected speakers in their field. The audience attracts developers, start-ups, enthusiasts and commercial industry.

Find out about the current uses of XR – virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality and commercial applications, connect and network with like-minded individuals.

We meet every second month on a Tuesday evening at Loop Project Space & Bar. The night includes a Q&A forum, virtual, augmented or mixed reality experiences using Samsung headsets in the front room and HTC Vive or Oculus Rift demos in the back room on large format screens. We often host live demonstrations and room scale experiences.

The event is an opportunity for the audience to ask questions or experience XR-VR/AR/MR (Virtual Reality) and 360 video for themselves.

Each session will look at a specific industry and how VR can be applied to that industry in the commercial environment. The idea is to engage developers and commercial industry and grow the XR-VR/AR/MR community. Sessions include: Film & Production, MIFF VR, VR + Positive Change, Music/The Arts, Gaming, Education & more.

Upcoming Events

Real World VR in partnership with MIFF Talks.
** Must Register on Eventbrite **

Real World VR in partnership with MIFF VR Talks.

Virtual Reality returns to MIFF in 2019 to continue rewriting the frontiers of storytelling! Featuring a program of local and international narrative, documentary and animated experiential works, it’s time again to strap on a headset and prepare to experience the jaw-dropping potential of total immersive cinema.

Real World VR will host a series of panel talks with some of the most talented virtual reality filmmakers in Australia, featured at The Melbourne International Film Festival. The night includes talks and Q&A with the filmmakers, networking and nibbles, Kaiju Beer specials, virtual reality film trailers from MIFF VR and curated VR works.


  • Isobel Knowles – MIFF VR FIlm: “Passenger”
  • Van Sowerine – MIFF VR FIlm: “Passenger”
  • Sarah-Jane Woulahan – PhD in Narrative VR at RMIT
  • Molly Reynolds – MIFF VR Film: “The Waiting Room”
  • Stuart Campbell (SUTU) – MIFF VR Film: “Future Dreaming”
  • Kate Fitzpatrick – MIFF
  • Moderated by Leah Bunny & Emily Harridge


Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine have collaborated together since 2001 on animated works within film, installation and interactivity. Their work investigates narratives of community, childhood and metamorphosis and engages viewers both physically and emotionally. Their award-winning installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally including the ICA, London, at Ars Electronica, Linz, at the Seoul New Media Biennale, at the Art Gallery of NSW and as part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival’s visual arts program. Their films have screened at film festivals across the world including at Cannes and at the Sundance Film Festival.

Passenger Synopsis – Through the universally familiar experience of a taxi ride, we explore a surreal shape-shifting landscape made from cardboard where you, as the passenger, have arrived to live. Your driver, a recent immigrant himself is your guide as you progress into the quiet shock of a new world.


Molly Reynolds is a director and producer, known for Another Country (2015), The Balanda and the Bark Canoes (2006) and Prism (2007).

The Waiting Room ruminates on humanity, on its creativity and its destructiveness. Presented on the Dreamdeck360 platform, it invites participants to consider a deep, meditative engagement with the questions at the heart of the work. They are questions not unfamiliar to Reynolds and de Heer, who have frequently addressed issues of colonisation and cultural survival, as in their films Another Country (MIFF 2015) and Still Our Country – Reflections on a Culture (MIFF 2014). They have created The Waiting Room with collaborator Mark Eland.



Drawing inspiration from Dreamtime stories and practices, four young Aboriginal Australians take you on an immersive journey through their visionary futures.

Sutu (aka Stuart Campbell) uses art and technology in new ways to tell stories. He has been commissioned by the likes of Marvel, Google and Disney to create VR art for properties such as Doctor Strange and Ready Player One. He has also created VR documentaries; Inside Manus for SBS, Mind at War for Ryot Films and The Battle of Hamel for the Australian War Memorial, now “Future Dreaming” at MIFF. He is also known for his interactive comics including Nawlz, Neomad, Modern Polaxis and These Memories Won’t Last. He holds a Honorary Doctorate of Digital Media from Central Queensland University, is a 2017 Sundance Fellow and is the co-founder of EyeJack an Augmented Reality company.



SARAH-JANE WOULAHAN is a Melbourne-based writer and director whose work spans fiction, documentary, art and VR. Her shorts have screened at festivals internationally including SxSW and her HotShots funded sci-fi short A TERRIBLE BEAUTY premiered at MIFF 2016. Its feature incarnation LOVE IS A DREAM is in development with funding from Screen Australia. She is a current PhD candidate doing by-practice comparative film language study between live-action, narrative VR and traditional film. She’s a represented commercial director through Melbourne production company Monster & Bear.



Kate Fitzpatrick is the MIFF Schools + VR Programmer at the Melbourne International Film Festival. She has worked in the Arts for over ten years for organisations such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She has served on the jury for Melbourne Fringe and presented at SXSW Film Festival.







Loop Project Space & Bar
23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
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Leah Bunny
Real World VR
The Cluster – Level 17, 31 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
M: 0400 190 276
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Real World VR would like to thank Film Victoria, Reality Reload, Loop Project Space & Bar and Kaiju Beer for their support.

Real World VR would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Tribe people as the traditional owners of the land.

Real World VR Melbourne Virtual Reality Event