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A MAZE./ Berlin Awards 2024

The independent  arthouse games community is looking forward to May 2024: from May 8-11 A MAZE./ Berlin 2024 – 13th International Games and Playful Media Festival will open its doors at silent green Kulturquartier and Panke Culture, Berlin Wedding. Today we are pleased to announce the nominees and honorable mentions for the A MAZE. Awards.

This year, artists from a record-high 60 countries submitted 284 works in the field of games, art and playful media. The 60 people strong international Selection Committee and the A MAZE. team chose the 25 nominees for the main awards “Most Amazing”, “Long Feature”, “Digital Moment”, “Explorer” and “Human Human Machine”, 5 nominees were selected for the “Gender Diversity Award presented by WINGS” and 15 more works received the festival`s honorable mention.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and honorable mentions. All this is so exciting. For 13 years the A MAZE. Awards are the highlight of A MAZE. / Berlin. With the A MAZE. Awards we are documenting the milestones of a globally growing arthouse games and playful media movement. The next generation will respectfully remember your works which are now pushing the media to its extremes. Thank you for creating life changing and opinion making interactive digital worlds and moments which are shaping our culture, our audience and the industry in an impactful and positive manner.” – Thorsten S. Wiedemann | Artistic Director

“My heart still cries about all the other fantastic works we had to leave out, but it also sings to see this selection, which is probably the most diverse we had in years. During the selection process we noticed a rise of collaborations which were cross-country and between different art forms, providing interactive insights in difficult topics and complex relationships, with at times strong opinions. All while keeping a steady balance of playfulness and philosophy. They keep our hopes up for the potential the medium holds for peace, mutual understanding and communication.” – Matthias ‘Mat’ Löwe | Award Coordinator

The final jury, 5 experts in various fields (Deirdre V. Lyons, Jonathan Coryn, Natasha Sebben AKA natsha, Shuhei Yoshida, Vanessa Amoah Opoku) will select the nominees categories and winners. The winner of last year’s main award – will choose this year’s winners at the Award Ceremony on May 10, 2024 at silent green Kulturquartier (Betonhalle).

This selection of interactive masterpieces will be exhibited at A MAZE. / Berlin 2024 from May 8-11, 2024.

A MAZE. Awards Nominees

  • [ECHOSTASIS] by ENIGMA STUDIO (Ireland)

  • 1001 NIGHTS by Ada Eden (UK, China)

  • 30 BIRDS by RAM RAM Games (Belgium)

  • AHANAR by Zhenia Puzankov, Jakub Zataj, Darr Izvkv  (Russian Federation, Poland)

  • AMERICAN ARCADIA by Out of the Blue (Spain)

  • Between by Claire Kwong  (USA)

  • BLUESUBURBIA by Nathalie Lawhead (Slovenia)

  • CARACOLES by Yonder (Italy)

  • From The Main Square by Pedro Harres (Brazil)

  • GRUNN by Tom van den Boogaart (The Netherlands)

  • Hawk and Puma by Niebla Games (Chile)

  • Hyper Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten & Philipp Helldorfer (Germany)

  • i want to be a tree (but life has other ideas) by Ian Tang, Xiangrui Zeng (USA, China)

  • Lest Ten Horizons Cry by Mouse & the Billionaire (Canada)

  • No Case Should Remain Unsolved by Somi (Republic of Korea)

  • Non-Virtual Reality Games by 3m Jump (Germany)

  • OFK by Team OFK (USA, France)

  • Perfect World by Michael Overton Brown (USA)

  • SALTSEA CHRONICLES by Die Gute Fabrik (Denmark)

  • SORRY WE’RE CLOSED by à la mode games (UK)

  • Temporal World: A Haptisonic Virtual Reality Memory World by Chloé Lee (Germany)

  • The Wandering by The Wandering Team (Mexico)

  • This Bed We Made by Lowbirth Games (Canada)

  • Tom the Postgirl by Oopsie Daisies (Switzerland, Germany)

  • Waxwing by Common Opera (USA)

Gender Diversity Award presented by WINGS

  • Closer the Distance by Osmotic Studios GmbH (Germany)

  • DISSECTING LOVE; A QUEER AUTOPSY OF A RELATIONSHIP by Noe Mael Arnold  (Switzerland)

  • Miniatures by Other Tales Interactive (Denmark)

  • Neve by Michelle Santos (Brazil)

  • Phoenix Springs by Calligram Studio (UK, France)

Honorable Mentions

  • Asterism by Claire Morwood  (UK)

  • BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS PRELUDE by Tanat Boozayaangool (Thailand)

  • Crashboard by Emilie Breslavetz & Léon Denise (France)

  • Edgar Rice Journey by Douglas Wilson, David Kanaga, Thomas Perl, Melissa McGlensey  (Australia, USA, Austria)

  • Find WiiLii by Ferryman Collective (USA)

  • Finding Euphemia by Humbugs (Germany, Vietnam, South Africa)

  • JUDERO by Talha & Jack Co (UK)

  • Known Mysteries by Kara Stone (Canada)

  • LUCKY TOWER ULTIMATE by Studio Seufz (Germany)

  • Marshmallow Mystery – Ein Sommercamp-Krimi by Grips Theater (Germany)

  • MORTALITIES – A Virtual Reality Opera by Jakobe Performing Arts (Denmark)

  • NEUROCRACY 2.049 by Joannes Truyens, Matei Stanca, Younès Rabii, Holly Nielsen, Leigh Alexander, Malka Older, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Axel Hassen Taiari, Edward Smith, Io Black, Alice Duke, Ollie Tarbuck (Belgium, Canada, France, Morocco, UK, USA, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Germany, China)

  • PLAYING KAFKA by Charles Games (Czech Republic)

  • Psychoflage – Game edition by Mónica Rikić, Rubén Sánchez and Andrea Carandini (Spain)

  • tapestry by mut / moochi (Brazil)

Here are the nominees: amaze-berlin.de/nominees
We highly recommend to see all submissions at: amaze-berlin.de/submissions

Save the date: The A MAZE. Award ceremony will take place on Friday May 10, 2024 – live at Silent Green and online, hosted by Jen Simpkins.

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