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

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Event Location Submission deadline Submission fee Platforms
Upcoming events
GDC Europe 2014 – Call for Submissions Cologne, Germany Free All platforms
Develop Indie Showcase Brighton, UK Free All platforms
GDC China 2014 – Call for Submissions Shanghai Free All platforms
Intel Level Up Online Free PC
IndieCade Culver City, California 80 – 110 USD All platforms
Fantastic Arcade 2014 Austin, TX 10 USD All platforms
Past events
Nordic Game Indie Night (Extended) Malmö, Sweden Free All platforms (Nordic region)
BIG Festival São Paulo, Brazil Free All platforms
Games Britannia Live! Sheffield, UK None All platforms
Different Games Arcade New York City, NY Free All platforms
BAFTA Inside Games Arcade London, UK Free All platforms
A MAZE. Award Berlin, Germany 45 EUR All Platforms
Deutscher Computerspielpreis Berlin, Germany Free All platforms
Games for Change Awards New York City, New York Free All platforms
Experimental Gameplay Workshop San Francisco, California Free All platforms
EGX Rezzed 2014: Leftfield Collection Birmingham, UK Free All platforms
IMGA San Francisco, California Free Mobile phones
ALT.CTRL.GDC San Francisco, California Free Custom game peripherals
Indie MEGABOOTH – PAX East 2014 Boston, Massachusetts Free to submit. Booth costs between 500 – 7000 USD. All platforms
SXSW Gaming Awards Austin, Texas Free All platforms
BAFTA British Academy Games Awards London, UK 90 GBP All platforms
GDC 2014 Summits Call for Submissions (Extended) San Francisco, California Free All Platforms
IGF Student Competition San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Deutscher Entwicklerpreis Newcomer Award Düsseldorf, Germany Free All platforms (students based in Germany, Austria and Switzerland only)
Insomnia Gaming Festival Shropshire, UK Free PC
IGF Main Competition San Francisco, California 95 USD All platforms
Digital Innovation Contest London, UK Free See details
Casual Connect Indie Scholarship Kyiv, Ukraine Free All platforms
MAGFest Indie Showcase National Harbor, Maryland Free All platforms
Unity Windows Content Online Free Unity 4 / Windows 8
hóPLAY Bilbao, Spain Free All platforms
Deutscher Entwicklerpreis Düsseldorf, Germany Free All platforms (developers based in Germany only)
Gamercamp Festival Toronto, Canada 60 – 120 USD All platforms
Freeplay Awards Melbourne, Australia Free All platforms (developers based in Australia only)
Play Vienna Vienna, Austria Free Real-world games
Samsung Smart App Challenge Online Free Samsung Galaxy S4
GDC 2014 Call for Submissions San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Fantastic Arcade Austin, Texas 10 USD All platforms
Espacio Enter Tenerife, Canary Islands Free All platforms
IGF China Shanghai, China Free All platforms
Casual Connect Indie Scholarship San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Sense of Wonder Night Tokyo, Japan Free All platforms
Notgames Fest Cologne, Germany Free All platforms
Intel Perceptual Challenge (Extended) Online Free Intel Perceptual Computing SDK
IndieCade Culver City, California 60 – 110 USD All platforms
Unity Awards Vancouver, Canada Free Unity
Boston Festival of Indie Games Boston, Massachusetts 15 – 25 USD All platforms
Intel Level Up Game Demo Contest Online Free PC
GDC Next 2013 Call for Submissions Los Angeles, California Free All platforms
PAX 10 Seattle, Washington 50 USD All platforms
Rezzed Leftfield Birmingham, UK Free All platforms
Develop Indie Showcase Brighton, UK Free All platforms
Casual Connect Indie Scholarship Singapore Free All platforms
Allied Media Conference Arcade Detroit, Michigan Free All platforms
Come Out & Play Festival NYC, New York Free Real-world games
GDC Europe 2013 Call for Submissions Cologne, Germany Free All platforms
Game Connection Asia Selected Projects Shanghai, China Free All platforms
Edge Get Into Games Challenge Vancouver, Canada Free Unity
Nordic Game Indie Night Malmö, Sweden Free All platforms
A MAZE. Indie Games Award Berlin 45 EUR All platforms
w00t Play Festival Copenhagen, Denmark Free Physical games
Experimental Gameplay Workshop San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Deutscher Computerspielpreis Berlin, Germany Free All platforms
Sifteo Cubes Competition Online Free Sifteo
CREATE Game Jam Online Free OUYA
International Mobile Gaming Awards San Francisco, California Free Mobile & Tablets
IGF Student Competition San Francisco, California Free All platforms
IGF Main Competition San Francisco, California 95 USD All platforms
hóPLAY (Extended) Bilbao, Spain Free All platforms
Dutch Games Award Amersfoort, The Netherlands Free All platforms
Brazilian International Game Festival São Paulo Free All platforms
Serious Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Orlando, Florida USD 250 (free for students) All platforms
IGF China Main and Student Competition Shanghai, China Free All platforms
GDC 2013 Call for Submissions San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Freeplay Independent Games Festival 2012 Victoria, Australia Free All platforms
Sense of Wonder Night Tokyo, Japan Free All platforms
Europrix Multimedia Awards Graz, Austria Free All platforms
Unity Awards 2012 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Free Unity
A MAZE. Interact Johannesburg, South Africa Free All platforms
PAX 10 Seattle, Washington 50 USD All platforms
GDC China 2012 Call for Submissions Shanghai Free All platforms
Fantastic Arcade 2012 Austin, Texas 10 USD All platforms
European Indie Games Days Awards (Extended) Marseille, France Free All platforms
ZKM appartaward Karlsruhe, Germany Free iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7
IndieCade Culver City, California 50 – 95 USD All platforms
Develop Indie Showcase Brighton, UK Free All platforms
GDC Europe 2012 Call for Submissions (Extended) Cologne, Germany Free All platforms
Into The Pixel Los Angeles, California 100 USD Artworks
Edge Create Challenge Amsterdam, The Netherlands Free Unity
Date to be Digital Dundee, UK Free PC
A Maze. Indie Games Award Berlin, Germany 45 EUR All platforms
Develop Conference Call for Speakers Brighton, UK Free All
Nordic Game Indie Night Malmö, Sweden Free All
Intel Level Up 2011 Game Demo Contest Online Free PC
FILE – Electronic Language International Festival São Paulo, Brazil Free All
Experimental Gameplay San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Game Connection America San Francisco, California Free All platforms
International Mobile Gaming Awards Barcelona, Spain Free Mobile
Unity Flash in a Flash Creation Contest Online Free Unity
Flash Gaming Summit Call for Speakers San Francisco, California Free Flash
GDC 2012 Summits Call for Submissions San Francisco, California Free All platforms
IGF Student Showcase Competition San Francisco, California Free All platforms
IGF Main Competition San Francisco, California 95 USD All platforms
Game Connection Selected Paris, France Free All platforms
Indie Game Challenge Las Vegas, Nevada 100 USD All platforms
uDevGames Online Free Mac
Fun & Serious Game Festival Bilbao, Spain Free All platforms
Best Euro Indie Game Award Amersfoort, Netherlands Free All platforms
Adobe AIR App Challenge Los Angeles, California Free Adobe AIR for Sony Tablets S1/S2
GDC 2012 Call for Submissions San Francisco, California Free All platforms
Indie Games Arcade London, UK Free All platforms
Fantastic Fest Austin, Texas 10 USD All platforms
Sense of Wonder Night Tokyo, Japan Free All platforms
IndieCade Culver City, California 35 – 70 USD All platforms
Dream Build Play Online Free XNA Game Studio 4.0
PAX 10 Seattle, Washington 50 USD All platforms

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