Submissions

Submissions to our E3 Showcase have closed

- Our Regular Festival Submissions period opens April 1st -

Barely missed the Showcase submission deadline? Please contact us at central@indiecade.com.

IndieCade welcomes a wide spectrum of games and experiences — regardless of platform, style, experience, or background, both work-in-progress and completed projects. See details below.

Hear from our Alumni at last year's Showcase:

Submission Process Overview:
1 - Complete your online application.
2 - Choose the events to which you're submitting to and pay the processing fee.
3 - For games submitted in the E3 window, you can update your build if you also select to submit for the Festival.
4 - All teams who submit to IndieCade Festival (US) will receive complimentary invitations to the IndieXchange and an opportunity to showcase at our GameTasting.

2020 Submission Deadlines:
Jan 15 - Feb 15: IndieCade Showcase @ E3 with optional add-on of the IndieCade Festival (US). Submissions accepted until end-of-day Feb 15 (Midnight-PST).
April 1 - May 15: IndieCade Festival (US) and/or IndieCade Europe. Submissions accepted until end-of-day May 15 (Midnight-PDT).

Early Submissions Fee:

IndieCade Showcase @ E3 (one event) - $75
Add the US Festival for an additional $25. Includes passes for your team to the IndieXchange

For even more submission discounts and other benefits, please consider an IndieCade Membership!


Additional costs and discounts:

E3 Costs

IndieCade provides PR support, outreach, exhibitor badges, booth space, tables, chairs, and basic electricity. While booth costs are heavily subsidized, a materials booth fee is required for enabling IndieCade’s presence at E3. Additionally there are optional add-ons that are not covered by IndieCade such as convention center drayage, additional electricity, internet, pipe and drape, customized furniture, etc.

Member Discounts

Members receive discounted and/or complimentary submissions along with other benefits. Find more information about membership HERE.


IndieCade 2020 Events

IndieCade Showcase @ E3 2020
Submissions open between January 15 and February 15

Submissions accepted until end-of-day Feb 15 (Midnight-PST). When you submit to the Showcase, you can choose to also be considered for the 2020 Festival (US) for a small additional fee. Submissions for EU are not yet open, but once they open you will only be charged an “add-on” fee if you are interested.


IndieCade Festival 2020 (October 23-24, Santa Monica, California)
Submissions open between April 1 and May 15. Includes passes for your team to the IndieXchange.

Submissions accepted until end-of-day May 15 (Midnight-PDT). During the early submission period (Jan 15 - Feb 15), you can also add Festival consideration to an E3 Showcase submission for a small additional fee.


IndieCade Europe 2020 (Paris, France)
IndieCade Europe submission are not yet open. When they open it will be announced on our website and twitter.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY submitted PRIOR to the announcement, you will be contacted to see if you would like to have your game considered for EU as well (you will only be charged the “add-on” fee).


Submission Benefits

What you get for Submitting:
  • All entries are reviewed by our jury and considered for the chosen events.
  • (US) All team members receive complimentary invitations to attend the developer summit (IndieXchange), October 22 in Santa Monica.
  • (US) Opportunity to participate in the show-and-tell (Gametasting) at IndieCade Festival, October 23-24 in Santa Monica. (First-come/ first-serve)
  • Members: Along with other benefits, members may also opt to receive written or personal feedback on your game submission. (You can find more information about membership HERE).

What you get if you are Selected:
  • (US/EU) Selections are eligible for Jury Awards and/ or Spotlight Awards and/or Choice Awards. (A full description of IndieCade’s Awards can be found HERE)
  • (US/EU) Opportunity to showcase at the event for IndieCade Festival (US) and/ or IndieCade Europe. There are no additional materials fees for IndieCade Festival or IndieCade Europe.
  • (E3) If you are selected for IndieCade’s Showcase at E3 there is a an additional booth materials fee. Some scholarships may be available. 
  • VIP passes for your full team to all events you are selected for.
  • Opportunity to apply for travel micro-grant. 
  • Promotion via IndieCade’s social and traditional channels. 
  • Additional benefits:

E3 Benefits

Benefits at LACC

  • One 6' table
  • Two chairs
  • 10 Amp drop
  • Two exhibitor badges for your team
  • On site PR
  • Listing within official E3 exhibitor listings on the E3 website
Benefits from IndieCade
  • IndieCade official E3 Exhibitor website listing
  • IndieCade official selection seal
  • IndieCade social media promotion and newsletter listing
  • IndieCade submits list of all attending devs to E3 media list of attending journalists
Festival Benefits for Accepted Nominees
  • Booth Space customizable to game size and scope
  • Electrical provided
  • Standard furniture  - 6' table and chairs
  • Pre-event PR game promotion
  • On site PR
  • Game profile on IndieCade website and official IndieCade wiki
  • Promotion on IndieCade social media
  • Pre-show press release
  • IndieCade newsletter mentions
  • Exhibitor badges for developer team
  • Official IndieCade nominee seal
  • Eligible for IndieCade spotlight and Choice Awards
  • Immediate entry into Developer Summit at IndieXchange
  • Opportunity to meet with publishers and funders
  • Tickets to IndieCade Awards for developer team

For any submissions related questions email us at games@indiecade.com 


Regular Submissions Fee:
  • One event (US Festival or IndieCade Europe) - $75
  • Multiple events: add-on an additional $25
Late Submissions Fee:
  • Incur an additional $35 charge

The Jurying Process:
All submissions are reviewed by a diverse jury of leaders from the games industry, academia, fine arts, and indie development for placement & award nominations at IndieCade Festival. You can learn all about how how jurying process works HERE.

More Events:
All games submitted are eligible to be selected for any of our Alumni, Annex, and other showcases and events throughout the year. 

IndieCade staff always ask for permission before showcasing a game. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Fee Assistance

IndieCade is a small, independently-run organization which relies on submission fees to maintain and administer our jurying process. However, we do provide full and reduced submission fee assistance to developers who would not otherwise be able to afford our submission fees. We are also delighted to receive contributions to this scholarship fund. Learn more about the program and how to apply HERE. Please note that the scholarships are only for the submissions processing fee and not for any related travel or expenses.

Do we still get written feedback for our submissions?

Due to the large increase in volume of submissions over the past years, we can no longer accommodate written feedback for all submissions at the quality level we feel is ideal. We are now providing feedback via our membership program. For more information see our MEMBERSHIP PAGE.

May I update my application once submitted?

No, you cannot edit your application form once it has been submitted. There is some leniency if your form has broken download links or expired coupon codes, and IndieCade staff will contact you if your entry has such. Additionally, should you be selected to showcase at any of our events, you are more than welcome to bring an updated build and provide new materials for media (screenshots, videos, copy, etc.).

If you are concerned about a bug in your submission or have made a major technical advance that may assist in the jurying of your game you may email games@indiecade.com for consideration for updating your build, but there are no guarantees of accommodation of said build due to the fast nature of the jurying process.

Who reviews the IndieCade submissions?

IndieCade has a rigorous jury process based on standard academic review practices. Multiple rounds of review occur, engaging both the JURY COMMITTEE and the general JUROR pool. It is key that the DOCUMENTATION in your submission is as thorough as you can make it, as this will be what is reviewed by the first round of the jury process.

We guarantee that every game is reviewed by a jury committee member in the first round, as well as being assigned to the general juror pool for play. Some entries then go on to be further assigned to a review/ super juror who provides an additional review for that submission.

Can I enter more than one project?

Absolutely! You may enter as many as you like. However, each work requires its own submission information in order to be juried as its own game. (Note: you will need to pay separately for each entry you submit.)

If you have a series of short games, you may submit those as one entry, but realize they will also be reviewed as a single entry.

Do you have prizes?

Each IndieCade Award-winning game receives a handmade, one-of-a-kind trophy specifically designed for each awardee. IndieCade does not provide traditional prizes or cash for award winners. That said, accepted Finalists and Official Selections do receive a number of added benefits, including two VIP Passes to the event in which they are exhibiting, access to private IndieCade social events, features and promotions across our website and social media, passes to our IndieXchange pre-Festival developer summit, use of a display booth at the selected event, and inclusion in all press releases, publicity work, and more. Additionally IndieCade provides an in-house publicist and premiere opportunities for all of our events.

What if my submission is installation, location, or event based?

Our evaluation system has a feature that allows you to include events and venues where your submission has been or will be shown. This will enable us to match your entry with jurors who have attended, or will attend, these events or venues and have played it in its full form. We may also ask you to stage a session of your entry, bring your entry to one of our special jurying sessions, or provide instructions and/or materials for jurors to run a session themselves.

Please note that in some cases, such as event-based or installation works, your entry may be reviewed ONLY on the DOCUMENTATION in your submission form if we cannot find suitable jurors in the area.

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