2020 Freeplay Digital Festival: Belonging

JUNE 10–14

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

Established in 2004, the festival embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots artists and game makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. For over 16 years, Freeplay has been exploring the vital margins of independent, alternative, and experimental games culture. The festival continues to champion artistic exploration and experimentation in games and play, and positions game making as arts practice.

Join us in June 2020 for a 5-day digital festival filled with online talks, panels, workshops, and more!

Latest News

Freeplay is seeking new board members

Freeplay is seeking new board members

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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Oh Hey It’s Parallels: The Freeplay 2018 Showcase!

Oh Hey It’s Parallels: The Freeplay 2018 Showcase!

The wait is over! After a sell-out event last year, we're super proud to announce the return of the Parallels showcase on October 25th, during Melbourne International Games Week! From the artsy, to the weird, to the provocative and punk. For over ten years, Freeplay...

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The Freeplay 2018 Awards Finalists Are Announced

The Freeplay 2018 Awards Finalists Are Announced

Hello everyone! We're thrilled to reveal the 2018 Freeplay Awards Finalists. This year's judging was perhaps the most challenging and difficult round of judging for Freeplay ever—not only were there more than double the amount of games submitted (151 in...

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Freeplay acknowledges the Wurundjeri & Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the Lands upon which the festival takes place.
We pay respect 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.