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IGF Awards Ceremony

March 21, 2018

IGF Pavilion

March 21 - 23, 2018

Independent Games Summit

March 21 - 22, 2018

About the IGF


The UBM Tech Game Network (producers of Gamasutra.com, and the Game Developers Conference®) established the Independent Games Festival in 1998 to encourage innovation in game development and to recognize the best independent game developers. Just as the Sundance Film Festival benefits the independent film community, the IGF creates a similar event for independent game developers in addition to the student population of game developers.

Located at the Moscone Center at the Game Developers Conference, and open to any members of the public or game professionals who have passes with access to the Expo Floor, the IGF Pavilion showcases every single finalist for this year's Festival in playable form. Game submissions are also browsable on the official IGF site before and during GDC. Members of the development team for each IGF finalist are on hand to discuss and demonstrate the title and talk to top game publishers and distributors attending the show

The IGF Awards will take place on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at the Game Developers Conference, with thousands watching the awards presentation before the Game Developers Choice Awards are presented. IGF has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes and major recognition to innovative and independently created video games from all over the world.

IGF Contest Overview


Independent Games Festival Prizes

The Independent Games Festival, to be held in March 2016 at San Francisco's GDC 2016, will be distributing eight major awards at its ceremony, as follows:

  • Seumas McNally Grand Prize ($30,000)
  • Excellence in Visual Art ($3,000)
  • Excellence in Audio ($3,000)
  • Excellence in Design ($3,000)
  • Excellence in Narrative ($3,000)
  • Nuovo Award ($5,000)
  • Best Student Game ($3,000)
  • Audience Award ($3,000)

There are six specifically named finalists for each award, with the exception of the Nuovo Award and the Best Student Game award, which have eight finalists. All finalists will be invited to the IGF award ceremony at GDC, and will have their games showcased at the IGF Pavilion. The IGF Audience Award will be voted from the finalists in all other categories.

Key IGF Dates & Deadlines


Aug. 1, 2016 Submissions are Open
October 24, 2016 Submissions Deadline
Early Jan., 2017 Finalists Announced
Feb. 27 - March 3, 2017 Game Developers Conference 2017
Feb. 27 - 28, 2017 Independent Games Summit @ GDC
March 1 - 3, 2017 IGF Pavilion @ GDC
March 1, 2017 IGF Awards Ceremony (Winners Announced)