A MAZE. Awards 2023: New Record of Submissions

A MAZE. / Berlin 2023 is back with a superb line-up of games and playful media, an exhibition, talks, workshops, and parties. The festival will be held on-site on May, 10-13. 

For this year’s A MAZE. Awards, artists from 56 countries submitted 287 works: a new high in the 12-year history of A MAZE. The Jury selected 30 nominees and 13 honorable mentions with a total of 28 nations represented. The 50 members of the selection committee have extensively tested all submissions. Now, the international jury will assign the nominees to categories and select the winners. You may find all the nominated works here.

The award show will be on-site and streamed live on May 12th at 8 pm (CEST). The winners are selected by an interdisciplinary, international, and 100% independent jury. A MAZE. /Berlin.


  • Most Amazing Award
  • Human Machine Award
  • Long Feature Award
  • Digital Moment Award
  • Explorer Award
  • Audience Award

“The 12th international A MAZE. Awards are the centerpiece of A MAZE. / Berlin 2023. The selected works provide a status of a new wave of independent games, highlighting auteurism and artistic expression in the spirit of arthouse games and beyond the mainstream. I’m very proud of the allover quality of the entries, which made the selection of the nominees and
honorable mentions this year very strong. Our remarkable hand-picked grand jury is formed out of artists, curators, and thinkers from different cultural disciplines including two A MAZE. Award winners from 2022. Their decision on the winners will set new milestones on the rise of arthouse games and playful media at the A MAZE. Awards Ceremony in Berlin on Friday, May 12, 2023.“, says Thorsten S. Wiedemann, Artistic Director.

“We noticed a fantastic variety in this year’s submissions: Many works tackled the rise of AI tools in very creative ways, provided a space to connect again on a human level, and found expressions about current crises like climate change, wars, or social shifts. I was also very happy to see some artists returning with the feedback they gathered from previous submissions - now taking home a nomination (and maybe a win?).”, comments Matthias Löwe, Award Coordinator.

The conference also covers:

A deal-making opportunity for promotion from May 10-13, 2023. The participants will have an opportunity to showcase their game, institution, tool, or brand and get exposure. 

4th International Arthouse Games Market is the only and first market for arthouse games, independent games, and playful media productions which gives authors and digital artists the opportunity to meet with publishers, funding institutions, art institutions, and other collaborators. The A MAZE. Bazaar is an interdisciplinary marketplace for theaters, musicians, performers, and artists who want to explore playfulness, the digital, and the immersive in their future projects. 

You may learn more about the conference and get your tickets here. And, don't forget to join our 80 Level Talent platform and our Telegram channel, follow us on Instagram and Twitter, where we share breakdowns, the latest news, awesome artworks, and more. 

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