Independent Games Fest Calls For Entries

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) is now accepting submissions for its 6th annual event honoring innovative video games created by independent developers and students. The submission deadline for competition is September 1, with Student Showcase submissions due November 14.

The IGF takes place annually during the Game Developers Conference (GDC), the largest gathering of video game developers worldwide. This year’s conference is scheduled for March 24-26 in San Jose, Calif.

Developers and students interested in submitting a game can visit www.igf.com for official rules and entry forms.

According to chairman Alex Dunne, the Independent Games Festival was established in 1998 to do for the independent developer community what the Sundance Film Festival does for independent filmmakers.

More than $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to IGF competition winners this year. Ten finalists will be selected to showcase their games at the event, and awards will be given in four craft categories: Technical Excellence, Innovation in Visual Arts, Innovation in Audio and Innovation in Game Design. Additional honors will be presented for the Seumus McNally Grand Prize for Independent Game of the Year and the Audience Award.

The Game Developers Conference and the Independent Games Festival are bot part of the the Gama Network, which also includes Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com. For more information, visit www.gamanetwork.com.