Indie Game Festival Returns To MOMI

Staff Writer

IndieCade East, a festival known among gamers as the “Sundance of the video game industry,” is coming to the Museum of The Moving Image (MOMI) later this month.

The event will kick off a new exhibition exploring the past decade of video game design. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the IndieCade organization and fifth year that the festival will be held at MOMI.

IndieCade East will run from Feb. 16 to 18, and the new MOMI exhibition that debuts at the festival, titled “IndieCade Presents: A Decade of Game Design,” will remain on display through June 17. IndieCade Presents will highlight the work of eight influential game developers from the past decade and contextualize their work within the overall landscape of the industry.

The weekend festival—which features games, panel discussions, lectures, workshops by designers, night events and an improv workshop led by Upright Citizens Brigade—celebrates the diversity and creativity of video game creators and fans.

While the festival’s focus is typically on new and upcoming games, this year’s edition will also take a retrospective bent, in honor of IndieCade’s 10th anniversary.

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The Museum of The Moving Image will host IndieCade East this month.

In addition to its East Coast celebration, IndieCade hosts three other annual festivals, two of which are in Los Angeles and the other in Paris.

“IndieCade supports independent game development and organizes a series of international events showcasing the future of independent games,” a statement on the organization’s website reads. “It encourages, publicizes and cultivates innovation and artistry in interactive media, helping to create a public perception of games as rich, diverse, artistic and culturally significant.”

Beyond festivals, IndieCade also runs a nonprofit organization that provides financial support for the development of experimental and socially meaningful games free from commercial pressures. The IndieCade Foundation was formed in 2014 and provides year-round financial support to independent game developers, while at the same time working with government entities to help facilitate the promotion of independent regional and local game industries.

A full festival pass, which provides access to all of the IndieCade East programs, costs $125. That price is reduced to $100 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets and find out more information about the festival, visit

The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria. For more information on the museum, visit

Reach reporter Sam Rappaport at or by phone at (718) 357-7400, ext. 123.

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