Parallels: The Freeplay 2020 Showcase
Parallels highlights some of the most unique, experimental, and personal independent games made in Australia and beyond.
For over 16 years, Freeplay has been exploring these vital margins of games culture, uncovering emerging and exceptional makers, from bedroom coders, to artists pushing at the boundaries of the artform. Join us as our speakers demonstrate and play their creations live on stage, and share their origin stories, creative inspirations and intimate journeys.
Parallels 2020 will be streamed live via YouTube and free to attend. 2020 Visual Identity by Mohamed Chamas.
LineupWe have 9 fantastic games to share with you this year. Our full lineup to be revealed soon!
Paul Anstey & Iris Anstey (Melting Parrot)
A top-down action-adventure/horror game about collecting and interacting with cute little critters called Daps. Set in a lush forest world beset by an alien infection, battle strange monstrosities and scavenge for resources while using your Daps to help you along the way.
Tali Faulkner (ORIGAME DIGITAL)
Umurangi Generation is a first person photography game set in Tauranga Aotearoa during a crisis event. Throughout the game you will unlock a variety of lenses and equipment.
Street Tape Games is a large-scale installation that uses social-distancing tapes to create playful markings, boundaries and patterns on the ground. These markings form a playspace, which the public can use to play a series of street games that have been redesigned with social distancing in mind.
In Webbed you play as a happy little spider whose boyfriend has been kidnapped by a big dumb bowerbird. Swing through the bush, build sticky webs, and make friends with bugs to take on the feathered menace and rescue your love.
Engaging with absence, loss, and the inherent precarity of digital communications, “variations on the word ghost” is a web-based chatbot embodying the restless spirit of a distant friend. This piece was first published by Liminal, as part of their Glitch series.
The Freeplay Z•O•N•E — The CapitolExperience Parallels 2020 in the Freeplay Z•O•N•E, a social space by Jae Stuart & Cecile Richard.
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!
Freeplay acknowledges the Woi Wurrung & Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the Lands upon which our festival takes place.
We pay respects to their Elders past, present, and emerging, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider community and beyond.
Sovereignty was never ceded, and this always was and always will be Aboriginal Land.