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Chad ToprakArtistic DirectorFreeplay Independent Games Festival

Chad Toprak is an award-winning experimental game designer, independent curator, and arts producer. He is a first generation Turkish-Australian Muslim immigrant based in Narrm (Melbourne). Chad is the artistic director of Freeplay, the world's longest-running independent games festival. He is also ½ of Hovergarden, Melbourne’s experimental videogame curator duo, and is the curator of Melbourne's Contours exhibition, which highlights emerging contemporary Australian game makers and artists. Chad was named in Develop Pacific’s inaugural 30 Under Thirty list for 2018, GamesIndustry.biz's Game Changers 100 list for 2020, and is a recipient of the 2014 IGDA Scholars program and the 2020 Game Devs of Color scholarship. He occasionally lectures into RMIT's Bachelor of Design (Games) program. Chad's practice revolves around curating, supporting, and championing emerging, experimental, and marginalised artists and game makers. He encourages the making, gathering and playing of experimental, unconventional, and physical games, often for social and public spaces. In the past, Chad has worked on award winning games such as Turnover, the four-player multi-gravity steal-the-ball-n-run frenzy; Cart-Load-O-Fun, a two-player collaborative physical game designed for trains and trams; dualcyon, the experimental Leap Motion & VR puzzle game for two; and This Is Not A VR Game, an audio-only VR performance. Many of his works have been exhibited at festivals and galleries across Australia and around the world.

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