Award-winning game development documentary Indie Game: The Movie is to be screened in Auckland next Friday, marking its first international showing.

A precursor to the New Zealand Game Developers Association Conference and organised by the NZGDA, the showing will be open to the public.

The film follows the makers of indie game hits such as Fez, Super Meat Boy, and Braid as they struggle to conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they may find success in a market dominated by multimillion dollar productions backed by large game studios.

According to the film’s official site, “This Sundance award-winning film captures the tension and drama by focusing on these artists’ vulnerability and obsessive quest to express themselves through a 21st-century art form”.

NZGDA President Stephen Knightly said Kiwi game-makers would see a lot of themselves in the film.

“The Kiwi game development industry has long had an indie streak, with games like Voxatron, Path of Exile, Cletus Clay, Chopper, Bloons and Shatter. Once digital distribution and online publishing came along the local sector really took off, ‘cause we didn't need to fly to the States to pitch to publishers. So a lot of us game developers can relate to what they guys in the film go through.”

“The film got rave reviews at the global Game Developers Conference, so it's pretty cool that we've got it ahead of our conference,” he added.

Tickets for the screening can be booked here. A cash bar will be open from 8pm, and the screening begins at 9pm. There is no age restriction for entry to the movie.

Indie Game: The Movie, Friday May 18, $10.