Independent Games Festival opens 2017 submissions

New alt.ctrl.GDC Award to recognise games that use unique controllers
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Indie developers looking to enter next year’s IGF can submit their game for consideration from now until October.

Finalists for the 2017 Independent Games Festival will be revealed in January, with those selected able to showcase playable demos of their titles at the IGF Pavilion on the GDC show floor.

Awards categories include Excellence in Visual Art, Audio, Design and Narrative, with six finalists competing for each prize. The overall winner of each discipline will take home $3,000.

Meanwhile, the Seumas McNally Grand Prize – claimed this year by Sam Barlow's Her Story –will offer $30,000 as prize money, while the Nuovo Award for making judges ‘think differently about games as a medium’ will hand out $5,000 to its champ.

The public-voted IGF Audience Award and Best Student Game Award will each feature $3,000 prizes.

A new alt.ctrl.GDC Award will recognize titles that make use of unique controllers, with finalists picked from the GDC exhibit later this year.

The 2017 IGF Awards will take place on March 1st at the Moscone Center in San Francisco during next year’s GDC.

Entry costs $75, reduced to $25 for students. Submissions are open until October 24th.

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