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Indie Film Festival Fantastic Fest Gets PlayStation-Sponsored Game Addition

by Phil Kollar on Sep 13, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Fantastic Fest is an indie film festival focused on genre flicks that takes place every year in Austin, Texas at the Alamo Drafthouse, one of the coolest theaters in the country. Last year, Fantastic Fest also started showcasing indie games for the first time with the addition of the Fantastic Arcade. That will happen again this year, and this time the event is being sponsored by PlayStation Network.

For the first four days of the show (beginning September 22 and running until September 25), Fantastic Fest attendees will be able to check out indie games and attend a number of panels featuring creators such as Queasy Games (Sound Shapes), thatgamecompany (Journey, Flower), and Q-Games (the PixelJunk series).

Eight main indie games are being showcased at the event: Capsized, Faraway, Fez, Fract, Jesus vs. Dinosaurs, Octodad, Radical Fishing, and Skulls of the Shogun. In addition to these eight main games, a ton of other titles will be shown off. Note that despite the PlayStation sponsorship, some of these titles are Xbox Live Arcade titles as well.

It may seem strange for an indie game festival to receive sponsorship from such a huge company, but many indie devs have praised Sony in the past for its open and helpful approach to working with small developers on PlayStation Network. So anyone planning to make it out to Austin to check out some indie games?