Due to the development of the Corona situation, A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 - 9th International Games and Playful Media Festival has decided to cancel the festival in July 2020 in its physical version. But there will be an alternative – the festival will happen virtually:
A MAZE. / Berlin is going “Total Digital“ on July 22-25, 2020.
The whole festival will be online, virtual and remote and a bit ‘too much of everything’.
It will happen on many different platforms at the same time to embrace the international community and the highly creative power of each individual game maker and world builder from around the globe. Now the festival can be even more international and better connected than ever before. It is an amazing chance to create a better presence for developers and event makers.
“Let’s work closer together. For us it’s important to create a loud and visible platform for all the game authors and developers who would have been at A MAZE. / Berlin or people who never have experienced it before. No borders, no visa requirements this time. This festival edition will be a little bit different from the others, but still amazing and full with surprises. We want you to celebrate with us towards colorful prospects and enjoy your time in our unique A MAZE. Space.“ Thorsten S. Wiedemann, artistic director of A MAZE.
The physical version of A MAZE. / Berlin is not replaceable: It is crucial to meet, talk, exhibit, celebrate and find opportunities for the artists’ works and their studios. Tickets will remain valid either for 2021 or 2022 if visitors are not able to join in the next year.
The modules of A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 - Total Digital - 9th International Games and Playful Media Festival can be explored in regular newsletters and social media posts. The status towards the final festival settings will be published online on a regular basis.
There will be a downloadable open A MAZE. space programmed by Moshe Linke, Gianluca Pandolfo and Stephan Insam. Our new interactive space is built on Linke’s museum experience “Brutalism: Prelude on Stone”. The A MAZE. Space is a multiplayer exhibition and festival space where participants can jump in to interact with this year’s A MAZE. selection and experience the digital soul of A MAZE.. The selection is featuring the nominees, honorable mentions and other digital surprises.
The 9th A MAZE. Awards are planned as a fully digital show on Friday July 24, 2020. It is the highlight of the festival. In this honor A MAZE. would like to send again best wishes to all the nominees and honorable mentions including the selected nominees for the 3rd Humble New Talent Award, the Diversity Award.
Full list of games including our 5 jury members: https://amaze-berlin.de/award
On the knowledge side A MAZE. will have talks, masterclasses and workshops to exchange skills and thoughts which are inspiring and filled with deep insights on the work process of the creators. Every talk will end with a moderated Q+A chat where the speakers will have time to answer questions.
The A MAZE. network of festivals, initiatives, game creators, musicians, playful media artists are invited to become part of the 4 days festival program. A MAZE. wants to bring the artistic games world closer together and mirror the diverse, artistic and playful culture. #positivechaos
The A MAZE. Game Bazaar in cooperation with gamesweekberlin is meant to be a market for arthouse games and playful media productions which gives authors and artists the opportunity to meet with publishers, funding institutions or collaborators. The market will be open on Wednesday July 22nd from 4 p.m. to 8p.m. There will also be a Press Bar where journalists can schedule interviews with the game creators. A MAZE. - Submission will open beginning of June.
Celebration & parties
Music? It is planned to create a mix of streamed concerts and live performances - some from Urban Spree Club - some from the kitchen or the living room of the musician.
Already bought 2020 tickets will stay valid: Guests who want to experience the physical edition can choose to use their tickets for either 2021 or 2022.
Meanwhile follow the A MAZE. social media channels with features of the games selected and the #wildhearts interviews.
PARTNERS & SPONSORS: A MAZE. / Berlin 2020 is funded by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and part of gamesweekberlin. Supported by Musicboard. Thanks to our sponsors and partners Humble Original, Geier-tronic, Game - Verband der deutschen Game-Branche, Warsteiner, Fritz Cola, Thunderful, Landfall Games, Free Lives, Grover, Indie Village and Indie Area Booth, SAE, Kickstarter, Support by #amazenotdead Kickstarter campaign.
LINK: A MAZE.