was held in Culver City, CA this past weekend, and the local art galleries and restaurants were filled with independent games and their developers from all over the world. The festival billed itself as the "video game Sundance"
and lived up to this self-made reputation, putting 29 different indie games on display, both throughout the weekend and during a Thursday night opening ceremony MC'd by Uncharted 2's
Richard Lemarchand (shown above with festival founder Stephanie Barish).
We've rounded up the festival's finalists in the gallery below. You may be familiar with a few
of them, including Twisted Pixel's The Maw
and a selection of well-known iPhone titles, but all of these titles deserve your attention -- and a playthrough!