Freeplay is Australia’s longest-running and largest independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia.
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Hello there, Freeplay friends! As some of you may know, we’re taking some time this year to think about how we do Freeplay. A few months ago, we said goodbye to artistic director Chad Toprak, and we have not yet filled the vacancy. Parallels will still go ahead...
Following an all too familiar trend, it can be confirmed today that popular Melbourne games showcase venue, the Freeplay ZONE, will be closing its doors due to noise complaints made by residents of the recently built apartment block. "We recently came on to look after...
Parallels is to return in person, with it's one-night-only showcase of some of the most experimental, personal, and culturally significant work being made in Australia’s independent games communities today. Come and see your next favourite game! Paper House, the...
Paper House to host Independent Game Festival Freeplay: Parallels Hey friends! We're delighted to announce that Freeplay Parallels will again be part of Melbourne International Games Week this year, taking place on Thursday 6th of October! Making it possible is the...
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We’re excited to host Parallels 2021 at 7PM on Thursday, October 7th 2021, during Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW). Tune in as our speakers play and talk about their creations, origin stories, creative inspirations, and intimate journeys.
Hello and welcome to Freeplay Independent Games Festival 2021! The Freeplay team have been working hard over the last few months, and we're delighted to announce a hybrid physical-digital festival for 2021. Freeplay 2021 will take place across six days on June...
Join us at 7PM on Thursday, October 8th 2020, during Melbourne International Games Week (MIGW) as our speakers play and talk about their creations while sharing their origin stories, creative inspirations and intimate journeys.
After many months of hard work, deliberation, and adapting to changing circumstances, the Freeplay team is happy to announce that we're returning this year with the new and exciting 2020 Freeplay Digital Festival, an online edition of the festival you've come to know...
The 2020 Freeplay Awards are now open for submissions. However, we’ve made the difficult decision to host this year’s Awards Ceremony online. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 5th April, 11:59 PM (AEST).
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Freeplay is Australia’s longest-running and largest independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia. Freeplay draws Australia’s independent game community together at its conference, public events program, arcade, and awards. The festival joins players, makers, critics, artists, academics, and students for a critical celebration of the artistry of games and digital culture.
Since 2004, Freeplay has played host to thousands of attendees and hundreds of talks from speakers such as Harvey Smith (Deus Ex), Kieron Gillen (Rock, Paper, Shotgun), Jonathan Blow (Braid), Brandon Boyer (IGF chair), Adam Saltsman (Canabalt), Mare Sheppard (N+), Tesuya Mizaguchi (Rez), Erin Robinson (Gravity Ghost), and Steve Swink (Scale). Freeplay has a proud history of showcasing local independent games at both its arcade and awards, including Jolly Rover (Best Australian Game 2010), Antichamber (Best Australian Game 2011), Stickets (Best Australian Game 2012), and Framed (Best Australian Game 2013). Iconically-Melbourne, Freeplay has consistently been part of the city’s culture, having partnered with ACMI, the State Library of Victoria, Next Wave, The Wheeler Centre, and Federation Square over the years.