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515 Independent games from 48 countries to dispute top prizes in BIG Festival, LATAM’s largest indie fest

http://www.bigfestival.com.br

The world has set its eyes on Brazil. The South American country has become an exponent in game development, and a proof of this is the creation, in 2012, of BIG Festival. It is the largest independent games festival of Latin America and one of the top three in the world. Today, the 4 th edition of BIG Festival has just announced the forty finalists, from 19 different countries, competing for the main prize. These projects, divided in 10 categories, will dispute cash prizes and international recognition. The 40 titles will be on exhibition and the attending public will be able to play every one of them from June 25 th to July 3 rd.

BIG Festival is not only an entertainment event as it offers a series of attractions comprised of lectures, keynotes, business rounds, pitches, and presentations, with the presence of over 50 players of the international industry. These are the activities of BIG Business Forum, which takes place simultaneously within the event from June 29 th to July 1 st.

To exemplify the importance of the event, in 2015 the BIG Business Forum presented 123 international and national lecturers, and the presence of more than 1800 professionals of the industry who organized more than 800 business meetings between Brazilian developers and potential buyers from all around the world.

In this year’s edition, the forum will have more than 50 international guests, among them Mike Foster, from Sony; Sam Carslyle, from Microsoft; Karim Farghaly, from Bandai Namco; Antoine Routon, from Square Enix, as well as representatives from companies such as Rovio, Fun Academy, Vungle and Execution labs. A special delegation of French companies will also be present, including Digital Plug In, Ankama, BiP Media and Atelier 801, developer of worldwide success Transformice. Technology partners such as Google, Intel, Unity and Epic are also showcasing their latest trends.

The festival’s program include activities exclusive to professionals of the industry and others open to the public, all for free.

This year BIG Festival received 515 submissions from 48 different countries. The games were analyzed and judged by a corps of professionals and experts in digital entertainment. The finalists compete in the categories: Best Game, Best Brazilian Game, Best Latin American Game, Best Sound, Best Art, Best Narrative, Best Gameplay, Innovation, Best Games with Social Impact: Educational/Learning and Environmental, and the extra category “People’s Choice”.

The cherry of the competition is the “ Best Game” award, and the finalists come from 5 different countries, including Ape Out, a game developed by Gorilla Loves Company, from the United States.

Below you will find the complete list with every single finalist:

Best Game

- Horizon Chase (Aquiris Game Studio), Brazil

- Ape Out (Gorilla Loves Company), United States

- SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Poland

- Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), New Zealand

- Pavilion (Visiontrick Media), Sweden

Best Brazilian Game

- Horizon Chase (Aquiris Game Studio)

- Skytorn (Skytorn)

- My Night Job (Webcore Games)

- Dandara (Long Hat House)

- Jake and Tess' Finding Monsters Adventure (Black River)

- Ninjin: Clash of Carrots (Pocket Trap)

- Star Vikings (Rogue Snail)

- Starlit Adventures (Rockhead Games)

- Möira (Onagro Studios)

- Zone of Lacryma (OopHok)

Best Latin American Game

- Ernesto (Ernesto Team), Argentina

- Kingdom Rush Origins (Ironhide Game Studio), Uruguay

- BalanCity (Souvegames), Argentina

- The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy (OKAM Studio), Argentina

- Rex Odyssey (Brainhold Games), Argentina

Best Art

- Jake and Tess' Finding Monsters Adventure (Black River), Brazil

- Black the Fall (Sand Sailor Studio), Romania

- Bulb Boy (Bulbware), Poland

- Pavilion (Visiontrick Media), Sweden

- Optikammer (Optikammer), Great Britain

- SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Poland

- The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça & Pizzaboy (OKAM Studio), Argentina

Best Gameplay

- SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Poland

- Tricky Towers (Weirdbeard Games), Netherlands

- Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), New Zealand

- Ape Out (Gorilla Loves Company), United States

- My Night Job (Webcore Games), Brazil

- Clustertruck (Landfall Games), Sweden

- Horizon Chase (Aquiris Game Studio), Brazil

Best Narrative

- The Magic Circle (Question), United States

- Late Shift (CtrlMovie), Switzerland

- Antioch: Scarlet Bay (Mi Clos Studio, FibreTigre e Midnight Mood Studio), France

- Replica (Somi Games), South Korea

- Hacknet (Team Fractal Alligator), Australia

- Swaptales: Leon! (Witty Wings), France

- Wheels of Aurelia (Santa Ragione), Italy

Innovation

- SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Poland

- The Magic Circle (Question), United States

- Calendula (Blooming Buds Studio), Spain

- Screencheat (Samurai Punk), Australia

- Stifled (Gattai Games), de Singapore

- INVERSUS (Hypersect), United States

- Antioch: Scarlet Bay (Mi Clos Studio, FibreTigre e Midnight Mood Studio), France

Best Sound

- Ape Out (Gorilla Loves Company), United States

- Skytorn (Skytorn), Brazil

- The Aquatic Adventure of the Last Human (YCJYgames AB), Sweden

- SUPERHOT (SUPERHOT Team), Poland

- Mini Metro (Dinosaur Polo Club), New Zealand

- Epistory - Typing Chronicles (Fishing Cactus), Belgium

Best Environmental Game

- Doti-Doti no Gaea (Loud Noises), Brazil

- Cloud Chasers - A Journey of Hope (Blindflug Studios), Switzerland

- Deed - The Game (Sinergia Studios), Brazil

Best Educational or of Social Impact Game

- Optikammer (Optikammer), Great Britain

- It's Spring Again (Asya Yurina), Russia

- Figurado (Antworks Studio), Brazil

- Peronio Pop-Up Book (Ovni Studios), Brazil

- Carcará - Asas da Justiça (Supernova Indie Games), Brazil

Service

4º BIG Festival (Brazil's Independent Games Festival)

From June 25 to July 3 (Monday, 27, does not open)

Tuesday to Friday: 10am to 10pm / Saturday and Sunday: 2pm to 10pm

Dia 29, quarta, closes at 5pm

Centro Cultural São Paulo – 1000 Vergueiro Street - Paraíso, SP

Registrations for BIG Business Forum: starts on May 16 on www.bigfestival.com.br

Free Admittance

About BIG Festival

BIG Festival (Brazil's Independent Games Festival) is the first festival focused in the independent production of videogames in Brazil, through professional training and exchanges of experience and products. It aims to establish itself as a point of reference to national and international game developers. The festival’s program include activities exclusive to professionals of the industry and others open to the public.

The Master Sponsors of BIG are BNDES – National Bank of Economical and Social Development – and Prodesp – Data Processing Company of the State of São Paulo; Sponsored by SENAI-RJ – National Service of Industrial Learning; and SEBRAE – Brazilian Service to Support Small and Micro Companies. Partnership: Project Brazilian Game Developers; ABRAGAMES – Brazilian Association of Digital Game Developers; and Apex-Brasil – Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency. Support: Centro Cultural São Paulo and the Government of the State of São Paulo. Realized by: Spcine, Secretary of Culture of São Paulo, Secretary of Audio-Visual and Ministry of Culture.

For further information, contact:

César Martins and Fernanda Domingues

FD Comunicação

(55-11) 2155-1868 or (55-11) 99963-4966

www.fdcomunicacao.com.br

 

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