A MAZE. / BERLIN 2019: April 10–13
8th International Games and Playful Media Festival

The entire festival will take place at +++SEZ+++

A MAZE. / Berlin is an international festival focusing on the art and culture of games and playful media. A MAZE. / Berlin invites creatives from over 35 countries to experience inspiring talks and workshops, and to celebrate the art of video games making. The four nights of music, plus a life changing and mind blowing interactive exhibition of our medium of the 21st century, will fascinate the general public.

A MAZE. invites artists 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 art movement, including arthouse games, artistic virtual reality, and a playful media culture beyond the mainstream that defines its own identity.

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

The 2019
Award Nominees | Honorable Mentions | Humble New Talent Nominees

181 submissions from 32 countries! The award, now in its 8th year, presents a total of 7.000€ in prizes to game developers at the A MAZE. Awards Ceremony, which is one of the hightlights of the A MAZE./ Berlin. 25 games are nominated by a selection committee of professionals in games, art and culture. The games are then adjudicated by an international independent jury for a number of six award categories.

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

A MAZE. Awards Ceremony

Friday April 12, 2019 (Start 8pm) at SEZ

Moderated by the south african game developer and comedian TsiTsi Chimuya. closing speech by Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder and artistic director of A MAZE.

Talks, Workshops, Masterclasses ( SEZ)

From the 11th to the 13th of April 2019 A MAZE. invites professionals to exchange knowledge and skills in a 3-days engading, inspiring and interactive programm of talks, hypertalks, workshops, masterclass, roundtables discussions, think tanks, and more. Our goal is creating a Knowledge Baazar for all kind of creatives, institutions and agencies who are keen to work with games and learn about the magic and the creative power of playful media as a big part of lifestyle and culture.

A MAZE. / Berlin Programme 2019
A MAZE. / Berlin Open Screens Programme 2019

Concerts + Party ( SEZ)

Massive music line-up and live performances every night from 21:00 until late on April 10 to 13

Club Line-Up

10/04 - 21:00
h-e-x-o-r-c-i-s-m-o-s (VR performance)
Bad Stream
Justin Manon Perry
Crows Crows Crows

11/04 - 21:00
Live Games Live Music presented by Jonathan Van Hove
Live Coding Party with Leon Denise
Siren's Carcass
Scotch Egg
VJ: Denise Leon + Crew

12/04 - 21:00
Guido Moebus
Cobra Killer DJ Set
DJ Belec
Emaux et Camées
VJ: Petula Black Sperm

13/04 - 21:00
She's Drunk
DJ Storno
VJ: Petra Hermanova

Lounge Line-Up

Jimmy Trash (DJ)

Johannes Knop (ORCA Live performance)


Jim Avignon (Live)
Funny = TRUE (Comedy show)

Twilight Area

10/04 - 13/04
Sos Open Sound System

A MAZE. Exhibition ( SEZ)

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, arthouse games, interactive installations and many more of this versatile art-form.

As add-on to the nominees and honorable mentions for the A MAZE. Awards we are hand-picking each year forward thinking arthouse games and playful media experiments, game jam games, the artist in residence project of the Brain, and the legendary open screens.

A MAZE. / Berlin Special Exhibits 2019 A MAZE. / Berlin Open Screens Programme 2019

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 You can also go to the info desk onsite (ticketing), ASK FOR AGUSTINA OR ANA AND THEY WILL ASSIST YOU IN REACHING US.

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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 including our umbrella event #gamesweekberlin who've in addition their own safe-space-policy 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. 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.

Brunnenstr. 153
10115 Berlin

HBR 141938 B Berlin-Charlottenburg

Steuernummer 30/206/31862
VAT ID: DE283001485

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Founder and Artistic Director:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Press contact:


The A MAZE. / Berlin Team

Artistic director:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann (DE)

Program manager:
Lorenzo Pilia (IT)

Award coordinator:
Matthias Löwe (DE)

Exhibition coordinator:
Christian Kokott(DE)

Workshop oordinator:
Sebastian Uribe (AR)

Guest management:
Sergio Grillo (IT)

Volunteers coordination:
Luca Lombardo (IT)

Volunteers coordination assistant:
Agustina Palermo (AR)

Village and sponsorship coordination:
Christopher Lukman (DE)

Open screen coordinator:
Philipp Schäfer (DE)

Social media:
Ana Jeličić (RS)

PR and press:
Nike Wilhelms (DE)

Director's assistant:
Jamie Tobin (US)

Head of production:
Verena Lorenz (DE)

Exhibition design and concept:
on/off Design Studio (INT)

Florian Stolzenhain (DE)

Visual design:
Form und Konzept (DE)

Partners / Sponsors

Funded by

Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH

Part of

International Games Week Berlin

Award Sponsor – Humble New Talent Award

Humble Bundle

Gold Sponsors

Kickstarter Gamescom

Silver Sponsors

GAME SAE Institute Innogames

Bronze Sponsor


Hardware Sponsors

INVR Grover Gerüstbau Tisch Geier-Tronic

Ticketing Partner


Cooperation partners / The Brain 4

Institut Français Germany Polish Institute Berlin

Institutional cooperation / Enter Africa

University of Applied Sciences Europe Clash of Realities Goethe-Institut

Co-Commission Partner

Now Play This

Media Partner

ARTE Creative ASK HELMUT 80 level

Exhibition design and concept


Design concept

FUK Graphic Design Studio


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



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