THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY AND AMAZING DIGITAL EXPERIENCE FOR ART AND GAMES.

A MAZE. / Berlin is an International Festival focusing on arthouse games and playful media. For the day experience A MAZE. / Berlin invites globally spread and diverse experimental game and VR creators, digital artists, musicians and other playful creatives from around different countries who share in an inspiring 3-day program of talks and workshops, idea market places and knowledge bazaar the art of video games making.


NOMINEES

Out of 251 submissions from 48 countries, the Selection Committee and the A MAZE. team chose the 25 nominees now competing for 5 awards. Our final jury will now have the task to select each titles category and decide for winners for the “Most Amazing Award”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “Long Feature Award”, “Digital Moment Award” and the “Explorer Award” (find out more about the Awards here). Experience all of them at the exhibition in the A MAZE./ SPACE - our virtual festival location.

A Rogue Escape

SPARE PARTS OASIS

Italy

Adventures of Harriharri

HAROLD HEJAZI

Canada, Finland

Before Your Eyes

GOODBYEWORLD GAMES

United States

Blind Drive

Lo-Fi People

Israel

DAVIGO

Davigo Studio

Canada

Eastern Market Murder

True Crime Games

Australia

Eurydike Infected

Evelyn Hriberšek

Slovenia, Deutschland

Forgetter

Sometimes Monastery

Hong Kong

Frozen Factory

Curvature Games

Germany

Gates of Aleppo

Wolfswift / Wombat / Mercury

Syrian Arab Republic, Austria

Hitchhiker - A Mystery Game

Mad About Pandas

Germany

I am dead

Hollow Ponds

United Kingdom

Map to Utopia

Fringe ensemble / Platform theatre

Germany, Turkey

Monster Hunt Vienna

City Games Vienna

Turkey, Austria, Estonia, Germany, Colombia

Nainai's recipe

Fan & Mai

China

Saturnalia

Santa Ragione

Italy

Search Questival

terry.pogger, ncthbrt, tiffanyjoyschouw, Jumping Back Slash and Search Festival team

South Africa

Soviet Kitchen Unleashed

HYBR Games

Germany

Stilstand

Ida Hartmann & Niila Games

Denmark

Sunlight

Krillbite Studio AS

Norway

Svoboda 1945: Liberation

Charles Games

Czech Republic

Tempest

Tender Claws

United States

The Ocean Will Have Us All

Matt Sanderson

Australia

The Signifier: Director's Cut

Playmestudio

Chile

Time Bandit

Joel Jordon

Canada


HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sadly, we can just have 25 nominees, but the following works are still absolutely worth to check out! Keep an eye out for the honourable mentions:

Abgott

Abgott

Stefan Kraft

Switzerland

Archipelago

Archipelago

Shalev Moran

Denmark

Behind the Frame

Behind the Frame

Silver Lining Studio

Taiwan

Chasing Static

Chasing Static

Headware Games

UK

co-open

co-open

lowpolis

Russian Federation

Constancia

Constancia

Ludipe

Spain

F3V3R

F3V3R

Jay Palmer, Nick Morrison

Germany

Genesis Noir

Genesis Noir

Feral Cat Den

United States of America

Hadr

Hadr

Dominik Konečný

Czech Republic

Mango

Mango

Nilware

Greece

Maze Slaughter

Maze Slaughter

Giant Gun Games

Germany, Brazil

Militsioner

Militsioner

TallBoys

Russian Federation

ONA - A Mystical Art Experience

ONA - A Mystical Art Experience

Sylvain De Vreese

Belgium

Pixel Ripped 1995

Pixel Ripped 1995

ARVORE Immersive Experiences

Brazil

SOMN

SOMN

Linn Spitz

Switzerland

The Gap

The Gap

LABEL THIS Studio d.o.o.

Slovenia


HUMBLE NEW TALENT

The Humble New Talent Award highlights important new voices in the culture of games. Nominees are selected by A MAZE. and will not be awarded for one game specifically, but their overall work and thoughts. Winners will be awarded with $15.000 to create a Humble Original.

David Cribb

Colestia

David Cribb

Australia

Luna Nemo and Mariano Falzone

Orbis Tertius Games

Luna Nemo and Mariano Falzone

Argentina, United Kingdom

Phoebe Shalloway

Phoebe Shalloway

United States of America

Shannon Jahnel Lanktree and Sam Bunny

Cookiecrayon

Shannon Jahnel Lanktree and Sam Bunny

New Zealand

Yuliya Kozhemyako

Supr

Yuliya Kozhemyako

Russian Federation


Jury

Our interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury has the honors to review all nominees.

Adelle Lin

She/Her

Adelle is a creator from Malaysia that has lived in Asia and Australia before settling in the USA. Having had to negotiate various cultures and systems, she draws on these experiences to develop projects that help connect people with themselves and the spaces they occupy. In 2020, she created a virtual Black Lives Matter protest in Animal Crossing, as well as other social VR community spaces for Burning Man and Chaos Computing Congress. A member of Code Liberation and NYC Resistor, she loves to use games, maker tech and unicorns to build communities.

Bleeptrack

She/Her

Bleeptrack is a creative technologist, creating interactive generative artworks. Her installations have been presented at several international exhibitions, including Now Play This and A MAZE festival.

Dhruv Jani

He/Him

He is the founder of the game research & arts studio called Oleomingus where he and his team pursue an art practice at the intersection of post-colonial writing, speculative architecture and interactive fiction. Oleomingus uses games to study colonial power structures, the histories that they occlude, and how hypertext might be used to pollute a single reductive record of the past or of a people.

Lena NW

She/Her

Lena NW is a media artist whose work expresses millennial-internet-induced-media-oversaturation derangement. Her practice merges game development, illustration, animation, video, music, performance, and writing into interactive narrative experiences. She also raps under the name Fellatia G.

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