MIA Animation, LLC and the IDEA Center at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus are sponsoring its first ever indie game competition. This competition has been created to encourage independent game development and fresh voices in the video game industry. The winning entry will receive a $1000 cash award and a consulting meeting with an experienced incubator program.
Deadline for submission is July 10th
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND TIMELINE
- July 10th – Entry deadline. Please submit a video describing your game idea, showcasing the art style, and demonstrating any development or prototype work that has been done to this point. You will also need to complete the entry form, and have all required parties sign the form. Note that games do not need to be completed. But, if you are selected as a semi-finalist, you will need to submit a playable prototype or vertical slice in stage two.
- July 27th – All semi-finalists will be notified by this date. The number of semi-finalists chosen will depend on number and quality of entrants. We anticipate between six and twelve.
- August 21st – Semi-finalist submission deadline. All semi-finalists must deliver a playable prototype or vertical slice of the game. This playable piece should be at least five minutes of game play, but need not be polished art, audio, etc. Semi-finalists are encouraged to submit a playable slice that is as complete as possible, as it will give our judges the best chance to evaluate the intent and quality of your project.
- September 4th – All finalists will be notified by this date. The number of finalists chosen will depend on number and quality of entrants. We anticipate between three and five.
- October 16 & 17 – MIA Animation conference & Festival. All finalist’s games will be showcased at this event, and attendees will be able to play through the prototype. Semi-finalists are encouraged to continue work on their game and show as complete a project as possible at the event. We will need to have a strong sense of the tone, fun, gameplay and overall concept. However, prototype level is still acceptable as long as these elements are in place and there is at least five minutes of gameplay. Finalists are required to attend the conference in person and participate in an interview with the judging committee, where we will discuss the project and give feedback on ways to polish it moving forward.
- Final prototype game content must be submitted to the festival by October 9th.
- Appeal of the overall experience. Is it fun and does it cause the player to want more?
- Art style. Is it original and appealing?
- Is there a clear sense of creative vision in the game, and does it do something surprising and new?
- Interview performance. How did the developer respond to questions in the interview? Did the interview add to the level of confidence that this game can be completed?
- Attendee comments. Attendees who play the games in the showcase will be given the chance to provide feedback. This feedback will be taken into account.
The winning entry will receive a $1000 (one thousand dollars) award from the IDEA CENTER at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus and a consulting meeting with an experienced incubator program.