Independent games expo IndieCade has announced the full line-up for its festival running October 1-4 in Culver City, California (pass prices range from $20 to $290 depending on how much access you want and how many days you intend to walk through).

Now in its third year (and previously taking place at smaller gallery spaces in the Seattle area), IndieCade will feature panels, tools workshops, networking sessions, case studies, performances, artist talks, and pitch sessions with notable game developers. Each day will have a theme for the different sessions: Emotional Depth & Challenging Topics, Innovation & Art, and Next Gen Game Designers – Mentoring, Pitching, Retooling, and Games Education.

The event's scheduled keynote speakers announced so far include Namco Bandai's Keita Takahashi (Katamari Damacy, Nobi Nobi Boy) and Thatgamecompany’s Jenova Chen (Flow, Flower), who will share "a conversation about innovation". Further speakers include game designer Will Wright, Brenda Brathwaite (Jagged Alliance, Wizardry series), Richard Lemarchand (Uncharted), Robin Hunicke (MySims, Boom Blox), and a number of others.

IndieCade and Sony Pictures Entertainment will host an invite-only Award Ceremony recognizing standout indie games in the following categories: Aesthetics, Gameplay Innovation, Fun/Compelling, Sublime Experience, Technical Innovation, World/Story, Jury Award/Best in Show, Finalist Choice and Audience Choice.

Over two dozen of the finalist games -- the festival's primary attraction -- will be available for attendees to play at several exhibition venues. A number of the developers behind the games, which include Avaloop's Papermint and Daniel Benmergui's Moon Stories, will also be nearby to demonstrate and discuss their titles.

Other attractions include gamemaker art displayed at the Wonderful World Art Gallery, "outdoor gameplay" (alternate reality games, chalk games, urban bingo, etc.), and "conversation-style Salon sessions" at local cafes.

You can purchase tickets and find more information on IndieCade 2009 at the event's official site.

[Via Wonderland]