Freeplay is Australia's longest-running and largest independent games festival.
First established in 2004, Freeplay embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. We invite artists, designers, coders, writers, players, makers, critics, academics, and students for a celebration of the artistry of independent games and playful culture beyond the mainstream.
We’re super excited to announce that Freeplay is a program partner for the delightful event Showtime Night Market – a collaboration between Testing Grounds and The Rose Street Artists’ Market, who’ll bring you two night markets in summer 2019!read more
The Freeplay Independent Games Festival is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. We seek passionate candidates to play a role in the stewardship and development of the Freeplay Organisation, and our Independent Games Festival and events.read more
The wait is over! After a sell-out event last year, we're super proud to announce the return of the Parallels showcase on October 25th, during Melbourne International Games Week! From the artsy, to the weird, to the provocative and punk. For over ten years, Freeplay...read more
Freeplay acknowledges Traditional Custodians of the Lands upon which the festival takes place.
We pay respect to their Elders past, present, and emerging, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider community and beyond.
Sovereignty was never ceded, and this always was and always will be Aboriginal land.