The 2019 Independent Games Festival Is Open for Submissions

UBM Tech Game Network, organizers of the 2019 Game Developers Conference (GDC), have opened the doors for submissions for the annual Independent Games Festival (IGF). In its 21st year, the IGF is one of the longest running event of its kind within the indie gaming scene.

The IGF is part of the Game Developers Conference 2019 taking place from March 18th to March 22nd at the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center. Entries for all of the IGF categories are open now and close October 1, 2018. Those chosen to go through the final selection are expected to be made public in early next year.

Independent Game Festival

The award categories include:

  • Excellence in Visual Art, Audio, Design and Narrative, each of which will have six finalists, with the winner in each category receiving $3,000.
  • Additional awards include the Best Student Game award ($3,000 prize) which will recognize student developers.
  • The special Nuovo Award ($3,000 prize) which honors the title that ‘makes the jurors think differently about games as a medium’.
  • The IGF Audience Award ($3,000 prize) decided by a public vote from all of the competition finalists.
  • The alt.ctrl.GDC Award ($3,000), an affiliated award to be given out during the IGF ceremony, “honoring intriguing and inventive games using unique one-of-a-kind controllers”.

Previous IGF prize winners from the past 20 years include Night in the Woods, Quadrilateral Cowboy, Her Story, Papers, Please, Minecraft, Limbo and many more of the game industry’s breakthrough independent titles.

For this year’s event, the IGF organizers are particularly interested in receiving entries from teams making experimental or “interesting” games who might hold back on submitting due to the $75 entry fee.

Those under-represented creators interested in applying for a waiver on the full ($75 / $25 for students) entry fee can find additional details and the waiver application form on the submissions page. These entries should be submitted by September 14th, and if selected, they will be given the opportunity to enter IGF 2019 for free.

If there’s any game you hope to see showcased at this event, let us know in the comments section below.  If we had to choose, we’re hoping to get a better glimpse of Somerville and perhaps Felix the Reaper.  In any case, good luck and every success everyone!


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