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Freeplay Awards 2011 open for submissions

27-June, 2011: The Freeplay Independent Games Festival today announced that the Freeplay Awards are open for submissions for the 2011 awards to once again celebrate the best in Australian independent, artistic, and creative development.

Categories for the 2011 Awards include:

    <*>Best Game <*>Best International Game <*>Best Design in a Game <*>Best On-Paper Design <*>Best Art in a Game <*>Best Concept Art <*>Best Technical Innovation <*>Best Game Writing <*>Best Audio
The 2010 awards drew more than 50 entrants from across Australia and the world– requiring the creation of a‘Best International Game’ category. Winners include Brawsome’s Jolly Rover for Best Game; The Voxel Agent’s Train Conductor for Best Audio; PVI Collective’s Transumer for Best Game Writing; and Colorbind by Finn Morgan for Best Technical Innovation.

The 2011 finalists will be chosen by a soon to be announced expert panel of developers, educators, artists, and critics.

Dates for the 2011 awards are:

    <*>27 th June, 2011 - Awards submissions open <*>25 th July, 2011– Submission deadline <*>8 th August, 2011– Announcement of shortlisted projects <*>August 20 th&21 st, 2011– Freeplay Independent Games Festival <*>August 21 st, 2011– Freeplay Awards Ceremony
“We’re excited about the return of the Freeplay Awards in 2011,” said Freeplay co-director Paul Callaghan.“The response in 2010 was greater than we’d anticipated in our first year and we’re hoping to see even more creative and unique projects in 2011.”

He continued,“game development is undergoing significant changes and we’re starting to see existing developers step into the independent arena at the same time as a new generation of artists and creators emerges, creating an inspiring culture of ideas and projects that we want to celebrate and showcase.”

For full rules and submission guidelines, see the Freeplay website– www.freeplay.net.au/awards

The Freeplay Independent Games Festival takes place at the State Library of Victoria on August 20 th and 21 st 2011.

For more information, contact Freeplay:

Web: www.freeplay.net.au

email: info@freeplay.net.au

Paul Callaghan - Co-director

M: +61 402 572 993

E: paul@freeplay.net.au

About Freeplay

Freeplay is Australia’s longest running independent games festival, and focuses on the creative and artistic side of games, digital art, education, and culture. Started in 2004 by Next Wave in a converted Karate Dojo on Swanston Street, and run again in 2005, and 2007. Paul Callaghan and Eve Penford-Dennis took over in 2009, continuing the success of its core festival program, bringing it to a new home and new audiences with a hugely successful public program at the State Library of Victoria and introducing in 2010 the inaugural Freeplay Awards.?

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