- Though the press release on this is coming next week, just wanted to point out that the official Independent Games Festival website has been updated to open submission for 2008, and here's the rather neat new info revealing what's happening this year:

"The IGF is pleased to announce that we're opening up submissions for the historic 10th Annual Independent Games Festival, for which the awards will be handed out in February 2008 at Game Developers Conference.

The 2008 IGF Main Competition will again be open to all independent developers to submit their games - whether it be on PC, console digital download, Web browser, or other more exotic formats. The prizes again total nearly $50,000, with a $20,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize, and the deadline to enter the Main Competition is Monday, October 1st 2007.

The 2008 IGF Student Competition will once again award the best student games, and this year will also include student 'mods' to existing games. As a result, the number of Student Showcase winners has been increased to 12. The deadline to enter the Student Competition is Monday, October 15th, 2007. [The 2008 IGF Mod Competition will not be taking place for GDC 2008, though we still very much appreciate the work of the mod community (hence the inclusion of mods in the student category), and are considering further competitions for this sector.]

In addition, the IGF is pleased to announce that it has appointed Matthew Wegner and Steve Swink as joint Content Directors for the Independent Games Festival, to help shepherd the expansion of the increasingly successful IGF. Matthew and Steve collectively helped organize the successful Independent Games Summit at GDC 2007, and together work at the multiple IGF finalist and 2005 IGF Project Goldmaster award-winning Flashbang Studios (they’ve retired from IGF competition to help run the festival.) Simon Carless will also continue in his role as IGF Chairman, but with significant help from the dynamic duo.

If indie developers out there have any queries about the competition this year, please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions, suggestions, or concerns - the IGF staff can be reached collectively at the chairman@igf.com email address." Awesome stuff, I hope - really looking forward to this year's competition.