A MAZE. / Berlin 2018
7th International Games and Playful Media Festival
A MAZE. established in 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and a magazine.read more
A MAZE. / Berlin is an unique and cultural investigating international platform for games and playful media that invites professionals and creatives from various fields to exchange their knowledge and visions, presenting their projects, playing, making contacts to collaborate on future projects.
A MAZE. / Berlin represents games beyond the mainstream and celebrates the art-form and not the product.
A MAZE. Awards –
25 games will compete in 5 categories
The award, now in its 6th year, presents now a total of 7.000€ in prizes to game developers at the A MAZE. Awards Ceremony, which is one of the main events of the A MAZE. Festival. 25 games each year are nominated by a selection committee of professionals of the games industry. The games are then adjudicated by an international independent jury for a number of award categories. The winner of the top award, "Most Amazing Game", is typically granted a cash prize of 3000€ and the infamous pink trophy.
Awards categories include:
Most Amazing Game Award
Human Human Machine Award
Long Feature Award
Digital Moment Award
Award ceremony will take place on Friday April 27, 2018.
From the 25th to the 29th of April 2018 A MAZE. / Berlin invites general public visitors and professionals to explore the best new independent videogames, virtual reality experiences and playful media projects. In public exhibitions visitors will discover the 25 nominees for the A MAZE. Awards, and many more engaging with with new technologies and ways of digital storytelling.
The accompanying two day conference program presents a space for interested publics to join artists, game developers and academics in a conversation on new trends in digital media and independent videogames. For the second time the festival will feature a whole track of talks, discussion rounds and workshops concerned with experimental, artistic and critical approaches towards virtual reality. We call it the Other Realities Track. Cutting edge creators will highlight the platform’s possibilities outside of the context of business ventures.
New: This edition we will add an additional track for sound design, music in games and audio-visual programming with game engines. Follow all talks on Voice Republic.
The first confirmed artists, speakers and programme points will get released in January 2018.
Concerts + Party (Urban Spree)
There will be music and performances every night from April 25 to 28 - the first confirmed acts will get released in January 2018.
A MAZE. Exhibition (Urban Spree)
Artistic and experimental games are often off the mainstream and allow for different experiences with forward-thinking and playful views, often not for entertainment only. Technology is used as playground for artistic expression and innovative interaction with audiences interested in critical reflection and meaningful interaction. Discover virtual reality experiences, local multiplayer games, interactive installations and many more of this versatile art-form.
Safe Space Policy
A MAZE. / Berlin is dedicated to providing a harassment-free social experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or game preferences. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the festival at the discretion of the organisers.
Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or games, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the festival with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of festival staff immediately.
The festival staff will be happy to help participants contact security or police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all our venues and social events.
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers:
About A MAZE.
A MAZE. established since 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and the A MAZE. Magazine.
A MAZE. interacts with their events in different creative scenes including Johannesburg/ South Africa, Rijeka/ Croatia, Cluj/ Romania, Ramallah/ Palastine, Moscow/ Russia, Abu Dhabi/ UE, Kharkiv/ Ukraine, Prishtina/ Kosovo and Berlin/ Germany. A MAZE. / Berlin in April and A MAZE. / Johannesburg in September are the annual festivals that highlights games beyond the mainstream.
A MAZE. GmbH
HBR 141938 B Berlin-Charlottenburg
VAT ID: DE283001485
Founder and CEO:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann
Thorsten S. Wiedemann