Freeplay 2018 Tickets

Freeplay 2018 Conference

ACMI, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May, 9am-5pm

$80 full / $55 concession

Freeplay is hosting a two-day conference at ACMI. We explore the intersections where games and play collide with other artforms, creative disciplines and cultural conversations. Hear from Australia’s leading and emerging independent game makers as they discuss their craft and reflect on their culture across a number of panels and formats. The conference will be home to our international keynote guests Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn, and Zuraida Buter. Ticket includes both conference days (Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 May) and the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 27 May.

Freeplay 2018 Awards Ceremony

ACMI Lightwell, Sunday 27th May, 7pm

$15 — FREE for conference attendees

Join us for the final event of the festival, as we celebrate Freeplay 2018 and announce the winners of the 2018 Freeplay Awards! The Awards Ceremony is FREE for conference attendees. Just show your conference lanyard for entry.

ACMI Conversations: The Pleasure of Pixels

ACMI, Tuesday 22nd May, 6:30pm

$22 full / $18 concession / $15 member

Video games can transport players into ethereal experiences, create unique communities and become a medium for interactive and experimental art. Join game designer and curator Chad Toprak (Freeplay), experimental games designers Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn (Tale of Tales) and cultural curator Zuraida Buter (Zo-ii) for a deep dive into beautiful, wonderous and experiential game worlds.

Freeplay 2018 Workshops

Library at The Dock, Performance Space (Level 2), Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th May

$20 full / $15 concession

We have some exciting 2-hour workshops at Freeplay this year, from theatre to zine making, to twine games, to alt control design. No prior knowledge is required. Some session may require you to bring your own laptop. Purchase your tickets before they run out!

Theatre (hosted by Georgia Symons & Josiah Lulham) – Wednesday 23rd @ 10am-12pm

Twine Games (hosted by Snow McNally) – Thursday 24th @ 10am-12pm

Zine Making (hosted by Gemma Mahadeo) – Thursday 24th @ 12:30pm-2:30pm

Alt Control Design (hosted by Louis Roots) – Thursday 24th @ 3pm-5pm

Screening — Branching Paths

ACMI Studio 1, Wednesday 23rd May, 8:30pm

$20 full / $15 concession

Branching Paths depicts a new world woven together by Japanese indie game developers, publishers and many more. It explores not only the struggles of artistic expression, but also the conflicts indie developers face gambling their own survival in pursuit of their dreams.

Screening — The CheckPoint Series: Feature

ACMI The Cube, Thursday 24th May, 7pm

$20 full / $15 concession

Proudly Kickstarted and presented by Way Down Deep, The CheckPoint Series is here to improve wellbeing, boost resilience, and teach how games can be used for good. CheckPoint is a non profit organisation that connects mental health resources with video games. CheckPoint believes games can help recovery, and even be therapeutic. Their mission is to support the people who play and make games, and to use games for good.

Boardgames Up Late

acmi X, Friday 27th May, 7pm-late

FREE – reservation required

Join us at acmi X for another year of Boardgames Up Late, as we play, chat about, and explore the world of boardgames. The evening will begin with short talks and Q&A, and will be followed by a curated selection of boardgames to play!

Tickets to this event are free but limited, please reserve your free ticket soon as they will sell out!

PlayReactive’s Gameshow

PlayReactive Theatre, Thursday 24th May, 8:30pm & 10:00pm

$22 full / $18 concession

Welcome, dear prisoners, to GAMESHOW! Negotiate, weasel, and backstab your way to freedom in this live game by PlayReactive. PlayReactive is a play-making collective based in Melbourne, Australia who create bold interactive experiences, from videogames to installation art.

Freeplay x Hovergarden: The Night Market Party

Testing Grounds, Saturday 26th May, 7pm-late


Freeplay and Hovergarden team up once again to present a magical night full of videogames, installation art, live music, drinks, food, an artists market, and more! Come and see the Hovercade Collection 2K18, a series of original work by local artists commission just for this event! Joining us will be a collection of artwork selected by special guest Kati Elizabeth.


Freeplay 2018 Online Sessions

Bar SK, Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd May, 3pm-late


Freeplay will be host to 8 online panels sessions with guests all around the world. Watch from home or join others at Bar SK as we stream the panels live. Grab a drink, sit down, and enjoy the conversations!


Freeplay acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the Land upon which the festival takes place.
We pay respect to their Elders past and present.