Freeplay is Australia’s longest-running and largest independent games festival, located in Melbourne, Australia.
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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).
We’re delighted to welcome our new board members; a radiant mix of individuals, some steeped in Australian games and others -in typical Freeplay fashion- completely new to it, with a rich practice in other disciplines. Jason Imms, Travis Jordan, Georgia Symons, Alice Pryor, Doug Wilson – welcome!
After having announced our festival keynotes and dates (May 7-12), we’re now thrilled to announce that our 2019 Freeplay Awards are now open for submissions!
We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s festival dates are May 7th–12th. Our theme this year is INTROSPECTION, and our international keynote speakers are the wonderful Hannah Nicklin & Richard Lemarchand. We have a bunch more international speakers to announce soon, so watch this space!
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!
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.
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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.