A MAZE. / BERLIN 2018: April 25–29

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7th International Games and Playful Media Festival

A MAZE. / Berlin 2018 VIDEO (via youtube)
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SAVE THE DATE A MAZE. / BERLIN 2019 - APRIL 10 - 14, 2019

Congratulations to the 7th A MAZE. Awards winners:
  • Most Amazing Game Award ---> Attentat 1942 (CZ)
  • Human Human Machine Award ---> Tuned Out (US)
  • Long Feature Award ---> The Norwood Suite (US)
  • Digital Moment Award ---> Genital Jousting - The Storymode (SA)
  • Collider Award ---> Fountain (DE)
  • Audience Award ----> Wobble Garden (DE)
  • Humble New Talent Award ---> Bahiyya Khan (SA)

A MAZE. / Berlin is an international festival focusing on the art and culture of games and playful media. A MAZE. / Berlin invites the general public to experience inspiring talks and workshops, four nights of music, and a life changing exhibition.

A MAZE. invites professionals and creatives from diverse fields to share their vision and projects, exchange knowledge, play, connect, and collaborate. A MAZE. / Berlin represents and celebrates the new wave, the hottest shit of games, and playful media culture beyond the mainstream.

A MAZE. Awards –
25 games will compete in 6 categories

The 2018
Award winners
The 2018
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The award, now in its 7th year, presents now a total of 7.000€ in prizes to game developers at the A MAZE. Awards Ceremony, which is one of the main events of the A MAZE. Festival. 25 games each year are nominated by a selection committee of professionals of the games industry. The games are then adjudicated by an international independent jury for a number of award categories. The winner of the top award, "Most Amazing Game", is typically granted a cash prize of 3000€ and the infamous pink trophy.

Read about the categories
Read about the history of the A MAZE. / Award

A MAZE. Awards Ceremony

April 27, 2018 (Start 8pm) at Urban Spree

Moderated by the video game journalist and developer. Tim Rogers and performance by Mr Manic

Speech by Thorsten S. Wiedemann, festival director of A MAZE.

International jury members

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Talks, Workshops (Urban Spree)

From the 25th to the 29th of April 2018 A MAZE. / Berlin invites general public visitors and professionals to explore the best new independent videogames, virtual reality experiences and playful media projects. In public exhibitions visitors will discover the 25 nominees for the A MAZE. Awards, and many more engaging with with new technologies and ways of digital storytelling.

The accompanying three day conference programme presents a space for the public to join artists, game developers and academics in a conversation on new trends in digital media and independent videogames. For the second time the festival will feature a whole track of talks, discussion rounds and workshops concerned with experimental, artistic and critical approaches towards virtual reality – we call it the Other Realities Track. Cutting edge creators will highlight the platform’s possibilities outside of the context of business ventures. New: for the first time, this year we’re going to have talks and workshops on Saturday as well, and the exhibition will also be open on Sunday. YEAH!!!

FULL PROGRAMME IS IN DA HOUSE! -register in sched and get stay better programmed!

To mention only a few including Adriaan de Jongh (Netherlands), Bahiyya Khan (South Africa), Jack King-Spooner (UK), Hannah Nicklin (UK), Leena Kejriwal (India), Limpho Moeti (South Africa), Meg Jayanth (UK), Robert Yang (US), Sagan Yee (Canada), Sarah Northway (Canada), Colin Northway (Canada), Tim Rogers (US) and more.

Concerts + Party (Urban Spree)

Massive music performances every night until late from April 25 to 28 - The line up is:

A MAZE. Exhibition (Urban Spree)

Artistic and experimental games are often off the mainstream and allow for different experiences with forward-thinking and playful views, often not for entertainment only. Technology is used as playground for artistic expression and innovative interaction with audiences interested in critical reflection and meaningful interaction. Discover virtual reality experiences, local multiplayer games, interactive installations and many more of this versatile art-form.

The game exhibition consists of

This exhibition contains graphic imagery and interactive content. Parent/adult discretion is advised

Code of Conduct

A MAZE. / Berlin is dedicated to providing a harassment-free social experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or game preferences. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the festival at the discretion of the organisers.

If the behaviour of someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Incidents should be reported to the Code of Conduct team. You can reach us at safety@a-maze.net or by anonymous form. You can also go to the info desk onsite (ticketing) and they will assist you in reaching us.

Check the Rules

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, discriminatory sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or games, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the festival with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of festival staff immediately.

The festival staff will be happy to help participants contact security or support, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all our venues and social events. Reporting

If the behaviour of someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Incidents should be reported to the Code of Conduct team. You can reach us at safety@a-maze.net or by anonymous form at goo.gl/KsRhgb. You can also go to the info desk onsite (ticketing) and they will assist you in reaching us.

Protocol for Personal Reports

All reports should be immediately brought (with consent) to the Code of Conduct team. Volunteers are not equipped or trained to manage reports. When an incident is reported, ABOVE ALL, the person reporting the incident is to be treated with kindness, respect, and care. Safety and consent should be the priority.

Safety, Consent, and Discretion

When taking a personal report, our Code of Conduct team will work to find a space that is private and comfortable for you. You are welcome to have a friend or support person with you. We will document what happened, taking special care to ensure we understand what happened and what you need. You won't be asked to confront anyone. We won't tell anyone who you are. We will listen to you carefully. Advisory team members may be contacted for support, but details will be kept need-to-know and confidential. We can also help you contact security, file a report, access local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you in obtaining resources.

Email address for organizers: safety@a-maze.net
Conference security: Please see info desk
Law enforcement: Dial 110 (police)
In case of medical emergency: Dial 112 (ambulance)
For 24/7 medical non-emergency situations: Dial +49-30-116117 (Ärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst)
Closest hospital: Vivantes Klinikum im Friedrichshain, Landsberger Allee 49, 10249 Berlin
Local taxi company: +49-30-202021-220

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers:



About A MAZE.

A MAZE. established since 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and the A MAZE. Magazine.

A MAZE. interacts with their events in different creative scenes including Johannesburg/ South Africa, Rijeka/ Croatia, Cluj/ Romania, Ramallah/ Palastine, Moscow/ Russia, Abu Dhabi/ UE, Kharkiv/ Ukraine, Prishtina/ Kosovo and Berlin/ Germany. A MAZE. / Berlin in April and A MAZE. / Johannesburg in September are the annual festivals that highlights games beyond the mainstream.

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Founder and CEO:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Press contact:


The A MAZE. / Berlin Team

Festival director:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann (DE)

Director's assistant and ticketing:
Caroline Goigoux (FR)

Program manager:
Lorenzo Pilia (IT)

Program assistant:
Sithé Ncube (ZM)

Award coordinator:
Matthias Löwe (DE)

Exhibition coordinator:
Tobias Hermann (DE)

Workshop coordinator:
Sebastian Uribe (AR)

Guest Management:
Svenja Anhut (DE)

Volunteers coordination:
Luca Lombardo (IT)

Pre production management:
Elisa Schulze (DE)

Festival experience:
Marie LeBlanc Flanagan (CA)

Open screen coordinator:
Philipp Schäfer (DE)

Social media:
Ana Jeličić (RS)

PR and Press:
Nike Wilhelms (DE)

Franziska Zeiner (DE)

Exhibition and Festival experience:
Christian Kokott (DE)

Florian Stolzenhain (DE)

Form und Konzept (DE)

Partners / Sponsors

Funded by

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Hardware Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

Kickstarter Unity

Silver Sponsors

GAME Geier-Tronic SAE Institute Innogames

Award Sponsor

Humble Bundle

Part of

International Games Week Berlin

Event Partners

BerlinBalticNordic British Council Open Knowledge Foundation

Ticketing Partner


Cooperation partners / The Brain 4

Institut Français Germany Polish Institute Berlin

Cooperations partner / “Art Games” Game Jam Exhibition

Goethe-Institut Auswärtiges Amt Maschinen-Mensch

Institutional Cooperation

Cologne Gamelab Zurich University of the Arts – Interaction Design University of Applied Sciences Europe

Media Partner

media:net berlinbrandenburg ExBerliner ARTE Creative

Internet Sponsor



Berlin Game Scene Berlin Mini Jam Feral Vector FUK Graphic Design Studio Nordic Gamejam Doku:tech


Urban Spree

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