Freeplay Award 2011 submissions open

Celebrating all that is best in life – or, at least, the best in Australian independent, artistic and creative development – the Freeplay Independent Games Festival is returning for 2011, and it’s just opened its doors for awards submissions!

This year’s categories include:

  • Best Game
  • Best International Game
  • Best Design in a Game
  • Best On-Paper Design
  • Best Art in a Game
  • Best Concept Art
  • Best Technical Innovation
  • Best Game Writing
  • Best Audio

[img_big]center,40,2010-07-13/2_Sydney.jpg,Train Conductor[/img_big]

Last year was the first time the “Best International Game” category was introduced – a reaction to the large number of entrants which came from across Australia and all over the world.

Previous winners at Freeplay include Jolly Rover, Train Conductor, Transumer and Colorblind, among others.

Here’s all the important dates, if you’re considering throwing your hat (or better yet, your game) into the ring:

  • June 27th, 2011 – Awards submissions open
  • July 25th, 2011 – Submission deadline
  • August 8th, 2011 – Announcement of shortlisted projects
  • August 20th & 21st, 2011 – Freeplay Independent Games Festival
  • August 21st, 2011 – Freeplay Awards Ceremony

    [img_big]center,3091,2010-11-19/jr_screenie13.png,Jolly Rover[/img_big]

    Freeplay co-director Paul Callaghan explains what’s going on:

    We’re excited about the return of the Freeplay Awards in 2011.

    The response in 2010 was greater than we’d anticipated in our first year and we’re hoping to see even more creative and unique projects in 2011.

    Game development is undergoing significant changes and we’re starting to see existing developers step into the independent arena at the same time as a new generation of artists and creators emerges, creating an inspiring culture of ideas and projects that we want to celebrate and showcase.

    Want to take part? Head to the [surl=]Freeplay website[/surl] and brush up on the full terms and conditions. And even if you’re not a designer, developer, audiophile or writer, mark Augutst 20th and 21st in your calendar anyway, and head to the State Library of Victoria to take in the experience that is Freeplay Independent Games Festival.

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