Listed here are your juries for the IGF 2021 Audio, Narrative, and Nuovo Awards


The Impartial Video games Pageant transition into the jurying section continues! As July’s award ceremony comes nearer and nearer, the organizers of the IGF awards wish to introduce the subsequent batch of trade specialists judging this 12 months’s unbelievable nominees.

This group of jurors has signed up for the unbelievable job of evaluating and celebrating the video games submitted to this 12 months’s IGF 2021 awards ceremony, happening on the all-digital Sport Builders Convention in July.

With out additional ado, listed here are the assembled panels for the Excellence in Audio Award, the Excellence in Narrative Award, and the Nuovo Award for IGF 2021.


Eduardo Ortiz Frau

Eduardo has labored in audio and music manufacturing for over sixteen years and has been doing sound design for video games since in 2011. As a sound designer he is been a part of video games like Gorogoa, All the things, What Stays of Edith Finch, and The Stanley Parable. He is now targeted on creating and designing his personal (musical) video games and could be very a lot enthusiastic about this new a part of his profession.             

Shawn Pierre

Shawn Pierre is an unbiased developer creating digital, bodily, non-traditional video games. He’s additionally the Challenge Director of Philly Sport Mechanics, a group group devoted to supporting recreation growth within the Philadelphia area.       

Juan Orjuela

Juan Orjuela is a musician and recreation developer from Bogotá, Colombia who focuses on interactive composition and sound design for video video games and experimental audiovisual installations. Juan is now established in Cologne, Germany the place he co-founded the unbiased recreation studio Ludopium, accountable for the titles Vectronom and Challenge MMM.

Daniel Rosenfeld

Daniel Rosenfeld is a German musician, producer and sound engineer, greatest often called the composer and sound designer for the sandbox online game Minecraft. He’s at present undercover in Austin, Texas, creating the soundscape of a brand new unannounced recreation.   

Ali Cedroni

Ali Cedroni is a nomadic sound designer, who can typically be discovered freelancing someplace between North America and Europe. She is a Co-founder of NokNok Audio in Oslo Norway and Dialogue Director at Unlock Audio in Chicago Illinois.

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[email protected] boch is an Affiliate Professor in recreation design on the NYU Sport Middle. In addition they served for over a decade at Harmonix Music Programs as a designer & artistic director. They’re presently working as an unbiased recreation developer & sound designer, having notably crafted BAFTA-winning the formidable music system & sound design of Ape Out.

Anne-Marie Weber

Anne-Marie is an audio designer who has been engaged on video games each large and small for 15 years. Greatest identified for her work on Hand of Destiny 1 and 2, she is energetic in Video games Inventive Mentorships Australia and is an everyday speaker at MIGW’s HighScore audio convention.


Kaitlin Tremblay

Kaitlin Tremblay is the lead narrative designer at CAPY Video games. Beforehand, she was the lead author on A Mortician’s Story with Laundry Bear Video games and a staff lead narrative designer at Ubisoft Toronto. Kaitlin can be a co-director of DMG, a non-profit for queer and gender marginalized builders to make and play video games.

Leena van Deventer

Leena van Deventer is Inventive Producer and Author at Crew Fanclub engaged on Useless Static Drive. She taught interactive storytelling at a number of universities for six years in Melbourne, Australia, and has her Masters in Arts Administration from RMIT College.

Sam Barlow

Sam Barlow is the founding father of Half Mermaid Productions and greatest often called a director and author of video games that push the boundaries of interactive narrative. With Silent Hill: Shattered Recollections he created a basic that psychologically profiled its gamers and in Her Story he reinvented the detective style for the YouTube era. In 2019 he launched his most formidable title but, the investigative thriller Telling Lies. He’s at present engaged on a thriller challenge about cinema and demise.

Andrew Plotkin

Andrew Plotkin has been enjoying interactive fiction since there have been dwelling computer systems, and tried writing some shortly thereafter. He now helps run an IF non-profit basis and performs with different narrative recreation concepts.

Darshana Jayemanne

Darshana Jayemanne (he/him) is Lecturer in Artwork, Media and Pc Video games at Abertay College and the creator of Performativity in Artwork, Literature and Videogames (Palgrave MacMillan 2017). This guide’s title names a lot of his primary analysis pursuits, and develops a media research method to efficiency in digital house and time. He has served as a jurist on the Impartial Video games Pageant’s Award for Narrative Excellence, was convenor of the Sport Engines Past Video games symposium with Babycastles Gallery in New York Metropolis and is organizer of Key phrases in Play, an interview collection highlighting numerous video games analysis.

Kevin Simmons

Kevin is a designer and producer at Uneven Video games, the place he has labored on a number of narrative-heavy titles together with the Kingdom of Loathing and the IGF Grand Prize-nominated West of Loathing.


Kimberly Voll

Kim is a long-time recreation designer and programmer, specializing in cognitive science and AI. She’s passionate concerning the significance of video games in society, and designing for wholesome, inclusive areas each in video games and within the studio. She co-founded the Truthful Play Alliance in 2017, and at this time she runs a small studio engaged on co-operative video games.

Robert Manuel

For the previous 15 years, Rob lined indie video games for G4, Gametrailers, and Geek & Sundry together with curating reveals for the Indie MEGABOOTH. Yow will discover him these days serving to to provide digital conventions, speaking to builders about reaching new audiences, and creating communities round indie video games.

Liz Ryerson

Liz Ryerson is a author, composer, podcaster, and recreation designer at present primarily based in Brooklyn, New York. Her creative and curation work explores the unusual, ephemeral, and oft-ignored facets of digital tradition. Notable works embody her experimental recreation Drawback Attic, the music for the IGF-nominated Dys4ia, and the music and sound for the cult recreation Crypt Worlds.

Sos Sosowski

Mad scientist of video video games. Creator of Thelemite, McPixel, Mosh Pit Simulator and plenty of different video games you have got by no means heard about. Lover of retro {hardware}, nonetheless creating video games for outdated computer systems. Organizer of 0h Sport Jam. Previously a schoolteacher. Presently on a quest to create the worst online game ever.

Pippin Barr

Pippin Barr is a videogame maker, educator, and critic who lives and works in Montréal. He’s an Assistant Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia College and the Affiliate Director of the Technoculture, Artwork, and Video games (TAG) Analysis Centre. Pippin is a prolific maker of videogames, together with video games about movie adaptation, Eurovision, up to date efficiency artwork, and the way forward for work.

Eris Koleszar

Eris Koleszar is a developer at Funomena working in artistic explorations of AR/VR. She is an award-winning musician and queer activist. Excited by the intersection of video games and depth psychology, her newest non-work challenge is an unannounced recreation exploring interpretation and instinct in a single-player recreation.

Cindy Poremba

Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator. They’re an Affiliate Professor in Digital Futures at OCAD College (Toronto, CA) and Co-Director of the sport:play Lab. Their award-winning recreation and “New Arcade” work as a member of the kokoromi experimental videogame collective has been featured in each worldwide recreation and digital artwork exhibitions.

Lonnie Rad

Lonnie Rad is a author whose work curating and reviewing indie video games has appeared in quite a few on-line publications since 2012, together with Kill Display,, and IGN.       

You possibly can view all entires for the 2020 Impartial Sport Pageant on the IGF web site. Competitors finalists might be introduced quickly, with winners introduced in the course of the award ceremony at GDC 2021

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