FREEPLAY - MAY 2020

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

Established in 2004, the festival embraces the fringes, spotlights grassroots makers, and acts as a response to and critique of the status quo. For over 15 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 playful media, and positions game making as arts practice.

Join us in May 2020 for a week-long festival filled with talks, panels, workshops, exhibitions, parties, and more!

Latest News

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 2018 – Keynotes & Theme Reveal

Freeplay 2018 – Keynotes & Theme Reveal

After several months of preparation and hard work, the Freeplay team is proud to reveal 2018’s keynotes and theme! We’re thrilled to announce that 2018’s theme is INTERSECTIONS, and our international keynote speakers are Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn from Tale of Tales, and curator of Playful Arts Festival, Zuraida Buter.

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Meet 2018’s Programme Committee

Meet 2018’s Programme Committee

We have some sweet news to share with you really soon, but before we do we wanted to introduce you to our fantastic 2018 Programme Committee. Built up of creatives from intersecting disciplines, these lovely folks will help shape the series of talks and panels that will take place at Freeplay this year, ensuring the discussions and conversations are relevant to contemporary games culture discourse.

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Freeplay acknowledges the Wurundjeri 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.