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This is a curated festival submission calendar for independent game developers. See at a glance which important deadlines are coming up. Click on a deadline to go right to the submission form.

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Event Location Region Submission deadline Submission fee Platforms
Upcoming deadlines
IGS Tech Toolbox San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
PAX East Panel Submissions Boston, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
GMGC Manila – Indie Pitch Arena Manila, Philippines Worldwide Free Mobile
Google Play Indie Games Contest London, UK Selected European countries Free Android
Experimental Gameplay Workshop @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Now Play This – Open Call London, UK Worldwide Free All platforms
EGX Rezzed Leftfield Collection London, UK Worldwide Free All platforms
IndiePlus San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free iOS, Android
The MIX @ GDC San Francisco, USA Worldwide 30 USD All platforms
Past deadlines
Casual Connect Indie Prize Berlin, Germany Worldwide Free All Platforms
Indie Prize Showcases @ Casual Connect Berlin, Germany Worldwide Free All platforms
alt.ctrl.GDC 2017 Showcase San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free Alternative controllers
SXSW Gaming Awards Austin, USA Worldwide 20 USD All platforms
PAX East Indie Showcase Boston, USA Worldwide 50 USD All platforms
PAX South Tabletop Indie Showcase San Antonio, USA Worldwide 50 USD Tabletop games
PAX East Indie MEGABOOTH Boston, USA Worldwide 40 USD submission fee, 1500 – 5000 USD booth fee All platforms
GDC 2017 Indie MEGABOOTH San Francisco, USA Worldwide 40 USD All platforms
IGF San Francisco, USA Worldwide 75 USD (25 USD for students) All platforms
GAMM:Play Showcase Minsk, Belarus Worldwide Free (ticket required) All platforms
VR Now Awards Potsdam, Germany Worldwide 40 EUR VR
Taipei Game Show 2017 Indie Game Festa Taipei, Taiwan Worldwide Free All platforms
GCAP International Speaker Program Melbourne, Australia Worldwide Free All platforms
DevGAMM Awards Minsk, Belarus Worldwide Free (ticket required) All platforms
Ludicious Game Festival Zürich, Switzerland Worldwide Free All platforms
AzPlay 2016 Bilbao, Spain Worldwide Free All Platforms
Deutscher Entwicklerpreis Cologne, Germany Germany, Austria and Switzerland 50 EUR per category All platforms
Fun & Serious Game Festival Bilbao, Spain Worldwide Free All platforms
Game Development World Championship Helsinki, Finland Worldwide Free All platforms
Day of the Devs San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
WordPlay London London, UK Worldwide Free Writerly games
GDC Summits Call for Submissions San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
International Serious Games Showcase and Challenge Orlando, USA Worldwide 250 USD, free for government and students All Platforms
Ping Awards Paris, France France Free All platforms
Intentional Play Summit (extended) Mountain View, USA Worldwide Free to submit, exhibition fee starting at 400 USD All platforms (Serious games)
20th Japan Media Arts Festival Tokyo, Japan Worldwide Free All platforms
IndieCade think:indie Culver City, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Casual Connect Tel Aviv – Indie Prize Tel Aviv, Israel Worldwide Free All platforms
Indie Games Play @ EIGD Paris, France Worldwide Free All platforms
Indigo Utrecht, The Netherlands Netherlands and Belgium Free All platforms
Residency Program for Overseas Media Arts Creators 2016 Tokyo, Japan Worldwide Free All platforms
GDC Call for Submissions San Francisco Worldwide Free All platforms
Made With Unity Unite 2016 Showcase Los Angeles, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Google Play Indie Games Festival San Francisco, USA United States & Canada Free Android
Intel Buzz Workshop San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
EGX 2016: Leftfield Collection Birmingham, UK Worldwide Free All platforms
Indie Game Expo @ RESPAWN 2016 Cologne, Germany Worldwide 75 EU exhibition fee All platforms
Serious Games Showcase and Challenge Australasia Melbourne, Australia Australia and New Zealand Starting at 50 AUD Serious games
PLAY16 – Creative Gaming Award Hamburg, Germany Europe Free All platforms
Fantastic Arcade Austin, USA Worldwide 10 USD All platforms
PAX Aus Indie Showcase Melbourne, Australia Australia / New Zealand 50 AUD All platforms
Dutch Game Awards Utrecht, The Netherlands The Netherlands Free All platforms
IndieCade Europe Paris, France Worldwide 80 USD All platforms
Busan Indie Connect Festival Busan, Korea Worldwide Free All platforms
A MAZE. / Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa Worldwide Free All platforms
The EVO MIX 2016 Indie Showcase Las Vegas, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
PAX West Panel Submission Seattle, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Radius Festival Vienna, Austria Worldwide Free All platforms
Sense of Wonder Night 2016 Tokyo Worldwide Free All platforms
EARGOAT: NUA 2016 Dublin, Irland Irland Free All platforms
GDCE European Innovative Games Showcase Cologne, Germany Europe Free All platforms
Indie Megabooth @ PAX Prime Seattle, USA Worldwide 40 USD All platforms
PAX Dev Panel Submissions Seattle, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Lumen Games Art Award Multiple Worldwide 45 USD All platforms
IndieCade Festival (Late Submission) Culver City, USD Worldwide 150 USD All platforms
Out Of Index 2016 Seoul, South Korea Worldwide Free All platforms
The MIX @ E3 Los Angeles, USA Worldwide 25 USD submission fee, 250 USD booth fee All platforms
Intel Level Up 2016 Game Developer Contest Online See rules for eligible countries Free Windows
PAX 10 Seattle, USA Worldwide 50 USD All platforms
IndieCade Festival Culver City, USA Worldwide 110 USD All platforms
TwitchCon Panel/Workshop Submissions San Diego, USA San Diego Free All platforms
7th Workshop on Procedural Content Generation Dundee, Scotland Worldwide Free All platforms
BIG Festival São Paulo, Brazil Worldwide Free All platforms
The MIX @ Unite Europe Amsterdam, The Netherlands Worldwide Free Unity
DevGAMM Awards & GAMM:Play Showcase Moscow, Russia Worldwide Free (ticket required) All platforms
Reboot Develop Indie Award Split, Croatia Worldwide Free (ticket not included) All platforms
Game Happens! Genova, Italy Worldwide Free All platforms
Indie Garden Booth @ Digital Game Manga Show Strasbourg, France Europe Free to submit, booth starts at 400 EUR All platforms
Indie Games Room Adelaide, Australia Australia and New Zealand Free All platforms
Seattle Indie Game Competition Seattle, USA Pacific Northwest Free All platforms
BitSummit Kyoto, Japan Worldwide Free All platforms
Nordic Game Conference – Call for Submissions Malmö, Sweden Worldwide Free All platforms
IndieCade Festival & IndieCade Showcase @ E3 (Early submission) Culver City, USA Worldwide 80 USD All platforms
GDC Europe – Call for Submissions Cologne Germany Free All platforms
Nordic Game Indie Sensation Malmö, Sweden Nordic region Free All platforms
Indie Prize Casual Connect Asia Singapore Worldwide Free All platforms
Indie Arena Booth @ gamescom Cologne, Germany Worldwide Free to submit, booth starts at 1500 EUR All platforms
Vector Student Showcase Richmond, KY, USA Kentucky, USA Free All Platforms
A MAZE. Awards Berlin, Germany Worldwide 55 EUR All platforms
MomoCon 2016 Indie Award Showcase Atlanta, USA Worldwide 75 USD Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
Indie Arena Booth @ gamescom Cologne, Germany Worldwide Free to submit, booth starting at 1500 EUR All platforms
Rules and Play Lexington, KY, USA Worldwide Free All Platforms
Indie Plus San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free iOS & Android
Games for Change Festival New York, USA Worldwide Free See details on form
Now Play This London, UK Worldwide Free See details
PAX East Panel Submissions Boston, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
The MIX GDC 2016 San Francisco, USA Worldwide 25 USD submission fee, 250 USD exhibition fee All platforms
IndieCade East Talk Submissions New York, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Grafik16 Zürich, Switzerland Switzerland 70 CHF submission fee, 320 CHF exhibition fee All platforms
Leftfield Collection @ EGX Rezzed London, UK Worldwide Free All platforms
IGS Tech Toolbox San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
Belgian Game Awards 2016 Antwerp, Belgium Belgium Free All platforms
Indie Games Play Lyon, France Worldwide Free to submit, 250 EUR booth fee All platforms
Experimental Gameplay Workshop San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free All platforms
CEGC Indie Expo Vienna, Austria Worldwide Free to submit, 75 EUR exhibition fee All platforms
International Mobile Gaming Awards San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free Mobile
Casual Connect Indie Prize Amsterdam, Netherlands Worldwide Free All Platforms
Festival International des Jeux Cannes, France Worldwide Booth fee 400+ EUR All platforms
BAFTA London, UK UK Free All Platforms
alt.ctrl.GDC Showcase San Francisco, USA Worldwide Free Unique control methods
SXSW Gaming Awards (Extended) Austin, USA Worldwide Free All platforms

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