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Local Australian, UK and Global Creative Powerhouses win big at Australian XR Festival Awards 2023

The Australian XR Festival Awards 2023 was the final event of the year for the inaugural Australian XR Festival 2023 held at ACMI, Melbourne, Australia from 19 – 21 December 2023.

The Australian XR Festival Awards showcase and celebrate leading talent in the creative tech industries including those working in Gaming, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Creative AI, Animation and Digital Arts.

The strong line-up of 25 finalists included industry heavyweights Sony Pictures VR, XR Games, Ubisoft, Atari, Sugar CS, T&DA, Arvore and more.

The awards ceremony concluded the three-day Australian XR Festival, which included industry events and a public showcase, offering the opportunity for people to experience some of the world’s best creative technology in person.

Festival Director and Founder Matt Kirby was blown away by the quality of the award submissions, as well as the public response to the festival.

“It was amazing to see the reactions of people of all ages experiencing VR for the first time and wanting to learn more about how they can get a device in their home or business. It was also fantastic to see gaming fans enjoying battling it out in their favourite games on the massive screen at ACMI,” he said.

The awards showcased both local and international talent making an impact globally through 9 different categories.

XR Games & Sony Pictures VR took home Best in Gaming as well as Best in the World (across all categories) for the impressive VR Shooter “Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded”.

A special industry achievement award honoured Amir Satvat, a leading voice in global gaming from the US, for his work in ensuring the ongoing strength of the industry. City of Melbourne Councillor Jamal Hakim presented the award to Amir, recognising the work that he has done in connecting members of the gaming community to job opportunities.

Australian XR Festival category winners are listed below:

Best in Animation
Chomp
By Ben Nixon

Best in Augmented Reality Social Media Filters
Corgi Run
By Eddy Adams

Best in Augmented Reality Experiences #1 (Dual Winners)
878AD: Winchester Revealed
By Sugar Creative, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Ubisoft and Sarner

&

Best in Augmented Reality Experiences #2 (Dual Winners)
Coopers AR
By T&DA, Special Australia, KWPX, Alt.VFX

Best in Creative AI
The Rose
By Hilary Campilan, Chrissy Brook & Michaela Betts

Best in Digital Art
New Organism
By Lisa Meinesz

Best in Gaming
Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded
By XR Games & Sony Pictures VR

Best in Short Films
Mug
By Yegar Bugayenko

Best in Virtual Reality (VR) Passive Immersive Experiences
Dragon Magic & Freedom Giants
By Juliana Loh, Chris Madsen & Mada De Leeuw

Best in Virtual Reality (VR) Interactive Immersive Experiences
Julaymba
By Phoria

Best in Melbourne (across all categories)
To Stop Time
ReVerse Butcher & Kylie Supski

Best in Australia (across all categories)
Julaymba
By Phoria

Best in the World (across all categories)
Zombieland: Headshot Fever Reloaded
By XR Games & Sony Pictures VR

International Special Industry Achievement Award
For outstanding contribution to the Creative Tech Industry
Amir Satvat

The Australian XR Festival was founded off the back of the hugely successful Qld XR Festival, which launched in 2021 which now runs annually.

The Australian XR Festival would like to recognise the wonderful support of the City of Melbourne in sponsoring the festival.

“We have greatly appreciated the enthusiastic support of the City of Melbourne team and we look forward to working with the City of Melbourne in the future,” Mr Kirby said.