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Be a Judge for the 2024 IGF Awards: Here's How

The time has come to join your peers and celebrate the best of indie games. Applications are now open for judges in the 2024 Independent Games Festival Awards.

The Independent Games Festival is looking for journalists, academics, and game developers who are not submitting a game this year to be part of the judging body for the 2024 IGF Awards. You'll be responsible for judging somewhere on the order of 15 games from mid-October to mid-November.

Head here to fill out an application.

We're also welcoming interest in jury participation. Jury members are a small, select group of industry experts who make the honorable mention, finalist, and winner selections. Keep in mind that anyone who was a judge for the 2023 IGF Awards and rated at least one game will be automatically invited back and does not need to submit an application. 

The IGF Awards return to the 2024 Game Developers Conference at the Moscone Convention Center on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. It's part of the longest-running festival, summit, and awards showcase celebrating independent games and their creators. 

The deadline to apply to be an IGF judge is Thursday October 12 at 11:59pm PT. The deadline to submit for the IGF 2024 jury is Thursday, November 9 at 11:59pm PT

Please note that we can't guarantee all applications will be accepted: If you've been selected, you will receive an email when the judging process begins. 

More information on the Independent Games Festival and GDC 2024 can be found on the website. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to drop us an email at chairperson (at) We look forward to welcoming new judges for IGF 2024!

GDC returns to San Francisco in March 2024! For more information, be sure to visit our website and follow the #GDC2024 hashtag on social media.

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