I wasn’t even aware there was an Independent Game Festival, but there is. The grand prize went to Darwinia. Its great to know that work created by independent peeps gets some kind of recognition, especially when its something as good as Darwinia.
A first this year is that they have awards for game mods. I can’t say I’m surprised, the amount of effort that goes into them now is immense. I remember though when it started with the cheesy map editor for Wolf 3D. I went in and tweaked all the maps to have more treasure in so I could get up the high score board!
Info from ArsTechnica.