IndieCade has been described as the video game industry's Sundance, but in reality it's much more than that. It's a chance to network, meet like-minded developers and learn. We've spoken to a couple of local developers who have attended, and they had nothing but good things to say about it. Now IndieCade is accepting submissions for its 2012 festival in October.
So if you're working on something, or have recently completed an indie developed game, send it in! Gamemakers and their teams receive a complimetary pass to the festival and a pass for the event itself.
It's worth a bash -- previous winners include Limbo, VVVVVV and Sword and Sworcery -- pretty high profile games, in part due to the attention from IndieCade itself.
The event is, unfortunately, in Los Angeles, but I still think it's worth entering.
IndieCade 2012 Submissions [IndieCade]