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Ten days of Freeplay to mark ten years of Freeplay. April 10-19, 2015.

Freeplay is Australia’s longest-running and largest independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia.

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Friday 10 April

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The Shape of Games to Come

Hello, please welcome our brand new branding!   As Freeplay enters its 20th year, we realise we need to move out of home and spread our wings. We will always carry the anarchic, resistant flame that created us, but we need to stand tall and be seen as a beacon...

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More Call Outs!

It's time to ramp things up and we need your help! FREEPLAY X ACMI WIP NIGHT / June 6 As part of Angles '24 we will be hosting the Freeplay x ACMI WIP night on June 6th (the first day of our conference). If you're available to come in and show your game to our lovely...

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Call for Speakers open!

[UPDATE]: Deadline extended to 1st May!   We're very pleased to open submissions for the first Angles festival! Talks, workshops, panels, let us have your most interesting ideas and hold nothing back! [button link="https://forms.gle/PixvGzrMaHS8P5zN7" color="red"...

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Our 2024 Freeplay Awards Winners!

Thank you to an amazing crowd for celebrating the 2024 Freeplay Awards with us![Image Gallery Below!] We had a wonderful night, with some well deserved love for our community, and we can't thank you enough for your support. Congratulations to every nominee and...

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Parallels ’23 Recording is up!

It's here! For those of you who weren't able to be there in person, the recording of Parallels '23 has been compiled and uploaded for your viewing and re-viewing pleasure. Huge thanks to ACMI for the recording and editing, we had a wonderful time and look forward to...

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Parallels ’23 Tickets on Sale!

It's time! Parallels is back and set to roll into MIGW on Thursday the 5th of Oct, being co-presented by the wonderful folks at ACMI. Tickets are on sale now via the ACMI website! Starting at 6:30pm in ACMI's Cinema One, this years line up includes such future...

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Parallels set for MIGW ‘23

Freeplay is proud to announce the return of Parallels to the 2023 MIGW lineup, taking place at ACMI in Fed Square on Thursday October 5th. Highlighting curious and creative works from lovely and talented people, Parallels is a night of talks, play, stories and laughs....

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About Freeplay

 

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.

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