I doubt anyone’s genuinely surprised by this, seeing how the Indie Game Festival is not only an annual event but is also in its 17th year. Man how times flies! Anyway, as always, submissions are divided into two categories, each with its respective deadline and cash prices. So… what are you waiting for?
Well, I suppose some details might help: those wishing to participate in the main category have until October 22nd, 2014, while the deadline for students is October 31st, 2014. Plenty of time, right? Heck no. Stop dilly-dallying and get to submitting already! Seriously. Don’t delay, or you might end up forgetting.
There are plenty of awards to go around, along with the prestige of making it to the finals, should your creation get picked. “IGF [year] finalist” would look good on your game’s website, after all, although obviously, only a handful will make it that far. But don’t get scared by 2014’s close to 900 entries, because you won’t know unless you try. We won’t know who made the cut until January 2015, though.
The Independent Games Festival is the longest-running and highest profile independent video game festival, summit and showcase. It has served as a springboard for several games that have gone on to become critical and cultural hits.
Then, come March 4th, 2015, the winners will be announced on-stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and on this day… IGF 2015 will begin. No better time than the present to be an indie developer, I’d say. Oh and in case all those dates and deadlines are making your head spin, I’ve listed the lot below for easy reference.
- August 6, 2014 – Submissions are Open
- October 22, 2014 – Submission Deadline, Main Competition
- October 31, 2014 – Submission Deadline, Student Competition
- March 2 – March 6, 2015 – Game Developers Conference 2015
- March 2 – March 3, 2015 – Independent Games Summit @ GDC 2015
- March 4 – March 6, 2015 – IGF Pavilion @ GDC 2015
- March 6, 2015 – IGF Awards Ceremony (Winners announced!)