Submissions

Submissions Open January 2020!

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

Game creators, artists, and designers from around-the-world are invited to apply for their work to be a part of the IndieCade Festival!

For 2020, you can apply to both IndieCade Festival (US) and IndieCade Europe, separately or together. All games received by the regular deadline are eligible for consideration for IndieCade’s showcase at E3.

Submission Milestones:
Open - January 2020
Deadline for Regular Submissions & E3 Selection Eligibility  - March 2020
Deadline for Late Submissions - April 2020
 
What you get for Submitting:
  • All entries are reviewed by the grand jury & public jury.
  • Entries received by the Regular Submission Deadline can be considered for inclusion in IndieCade’s showcase at E3. 
  • All team members receive complimentary invitations to attend the developer summit (IndieXchange), October 2020 in Santa Monica.
  • Opportunity to participate in the show-and-tell (Gametasting) at IndieCade, October 2020 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:
  • All selections are eligible for Jury Awards and/ or Spotlight Awards and/or Choice Awards. (A full description of IndieCade’s Awards are HERE)
  • Opportunity to showcase at the event for IndieCade Festival (US) and/ or IndieCade Europe. There are ZERO additional fees associated with this.
  • If you are selected for IndieCade’s showcase at E3 there is a booth materials fee of $500. Some scholarships may be available. 
  • VIP passes for your full team to all events you are selected.
  • Opportunity to apply for travel micro-grant. 
  • Promotion via IndieCade’s social and traditional channels. 
 
What it Costs:
Regular Submission (one event) - $75 
Regular Submissions (both events) - $100
Late Fees cost an additional $35 
 
Members: Along with other benefits, and depending upon the level, members receive discounted and/ or complimentary submissions. For more information about Membership HERE.
 
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 and check out our Submissions Help Section for more information. 

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

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

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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