The 2019 Independent Games Festival is Now Open For Submissions

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
  • Audio
  • Design
  • Narrative

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, 2018Submissions are Open
    October 1, 2018Submission Deadline
    Early January, 2019Finalists Announced
    March 18 – March 22, 2019Game Developers Conference 2019
    March 18 – March 19, 2019Indie Games Summit @ GDC
    March 20 – March 22, 2019IGF Pavilion @ GDC
    March 20, 2019IGF Awards Ceremony (Winners Announced!)


If you believe you have what it takes, the submissions can be found right here at To all future competitors, we wish you the very luck.

Joshua Boast
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Hi there, My name's Josh and I am a student studying Games Journalism & PR at Staffordshire University. My username is BoastAG which stands for Boast About Games, which is pretty self explanatory. Narrative games and RPG's are among my most favorite games to play. Particularly the Kingdom Hearts series and choice-based games made by Telltale. Games that tug the heartstrings are clearly my weakness. I'm a member of a dance society named LunaGaze and an experienced ShadowRun player (tabletop). Feel free to follow me on Twitter ;)

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