Welcome to Freeplay 2015

After months and months of preparation, I’m really happy to welcome you to Freeplay for 2015. Take a look around our beautiful new website – with amazing artwork from our Visual Art Lead, Marigold Bartlett. There’s so much to tell you all about what we’ve got planned for 2015, but I’m not sure I can do a better job than letting you rummage through our new site. A keynote from the first videogame composer to be nominated for a Grammy award, a great new ten day format with a fete (a fete!), a film screening, and even a game jam. But here’s some things that I love about our new 2015 presence that you might otherwise miss: This is not only our biggest festival ever, but it’s also one of our most affordable. Tickets are only $55 for everything, and 80% of our events are free anyway. It’s also our most inclusive and wide-reaching festival ever. We’ve got an entire section of our program that’s streamed online for free. That means an audience—and a speaker roster—from all over Australia. Maybe even from all over the world. Not to mention the fact that we’re working with an amazing array of groups and organisations to bring you this festival—Film Victoria, ACMI, Arts Centre Melbourne, The Wheeler Centre, Hovergarden, and many more still to be announced. We’ve finally got a functioning Freeplay history section on the site. It’s not all there yet, but there’s already some great stuff—including our 2007 keynote Jonathan Blow hanging out with some suspiciously young-looking former Freeplay staff. Photos from all our 2014 events, and a full-length video recording of...

Dates, awards announced for Freeplay 2015

Welcome back to Freeplay for 2015! This is going to be a huge year for us. In fact, in the year of our tenth festival, it’ll be our biggest yet. We’ve got a ten-day festival for you this year in Melbourne between April 10 to April 19, culminating in an exciting weekend of events on April 18 and April 19. Throughout this period, we’ll be having a program of online panels and events (like we did with our lunch launch, with a live-stream accessible to viewers around the nation and the globe), and of course the Freeplay Awards. Freeplay will kick off on April 10, which is also when we’ll announce the finalists for our 2015 Freeplay Awards. The winners will be announced on the last night of our program, April 19, at our usual awards show in Melbourne. We’ll open our awards for entry on March 2, and we’ll announce the details of our program, our exciting international keynote, and have tickets on sale in just a few weeks on February 27. We’re also really happy to announce that for the first time ever we’ve appointed a Chair of the Freeplay Awards, to oversee and lead the judging process and our jury. For 2015, we’re delighted to say that our inaugural Chair is Cherie Davidson. Finally, while we’ve got most of the festival together, it’s also not too late to get in touch with a panel idea, or even just to let us know about yourself if you think you might be a good fit as a Freeplay speaker. To do so, just complete this form, and we’ll be in touch over the next few weeks. We’re...