The organizers of the 2019 Game Developers Conference are now accepting submissions for the 21st Annual Independent Games Festival, one of the longest running events which showcase the brilliant people behind future independent games.
The event will be run by the UBM Tech Game Network and will take place on March 18th to March 22nd at San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center. Official entries for indie publishers will be taking place from now all the way up until October 1st. The finalists will then be announced in early January 2019.
What makes this an amazing opportunity for game developers is the cash prizes equaling to over $50,000 on offer to the winners. Not only will the cash prize be up for grabs but the developers will also be given the chance to present their new game at the IGF Pavilion on the GDC 2019 Expo Floor, which will be packed full of publishers and sponsors.
The award categories are as followed:
- Excellence in Visual Art
Each category will have six finalists, with the winner of each category winning a total prize of $3,000. Other awards will also be up for grabs in order to celebrate the varied areas of game design and innovation. The Best Student Game award will be awarded to the bright young minds of games students across the world. The special Nuovo Award is offered to those who think outside the box and create something truly separate to anything that has been done before. Finally, there is the IGF Audience Award. This one is entirely decided by the audiences and players of the event as they vote for which they thought was the most groundbreaking game they’ve played. Once the winners have all been decided, the remaining finalists go head-to-head for the grand prize of $30,000 by Seumas McNally.
The IGF will have a diverse set of judges looking over the event. Many of them are professionals in the industry, while others will be previous winners and finalists watching over the next generation of developers. There will also be around 250-300 jury members who will offer their own expertise on the different competitions.
The full schedule is as followed:
July 30, 2018 Submissions are Open October 1, 2018 Submission Deadline Early January, 2019 Finalists Announced March 18 – March 22, 2019 Game Developers Conference 2019 March 18 – March 19, 2019 Indie Games Summit @ GDC March 20 – March 22, 2019 IGF Pavilion @ GDC March 20, 2019 IGF Awards Ceremony (Winners Announced!)
If you believe you have what it takes, the submissions can be found right here at http://igf.com/submit-your-game. To all future competitors, we wish you the very luck.