Our Festival celebrates authors!

Cannes International Games Festival is a celebration, a laboratory, and a key rendezvous for the gaming sphere. The organization decided to take things further in 2017 by experimenting with a new formula designed to promote the work of unpublished authors, allowing them to better understand the complexity of the gaming market and give them the opportunity to test their prototypes with both the public and professionals: and thus the PROTOLAB was born.


5 years later, the PROTOLAB is taking it to the next level!

Building on the enthusiasm generated over the past few years, the Festival and its partners have decided to renew the operation and further develop the concept to better meet the expectations of authors.
Author registrations will be made exclusively through our partner festivals. Each festival will formalize the application of the author who caught their attention. At the time of their choosing they will inform the selected authors of their participation in the 2023 PROTOLAB which will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of February in Cannes. We are aware that the competition will be stiff and the selection difficult.
Only 30 authors will be selected through the aforementioned process in order to provide the optimal conditions for these authors at the Festival to showcase their games. However, if the total number is not reached, our home committee reserves the right to select other authors of their choosing!
The chosen authors will be able to present the game that led to their successful selection as well as other prototypes of their own if they so desire.


  • From the 22nd to the 25th of February at 9:30pm: Dedicated access to the OFF NIGHTS, a space for informal encounters where professionals and experienced players test prototypes and other games in the making.
  •  From the 23rd to the 26th of February: Quick access to the different business areas from 9:30am.
  • On the 23rd of February:
    > 9:30am: meet-and-greet breakfast.
    > Until 7:30pm: the day is dedicated to business meetings with exclusive access to the Fair.
    > 7:30pm: Invitation to the «As d’Or Game of the Year» Award Ceremony.
  •  On the 24th of February:
    > From 10am to 1pm: workshop on relations between authors and publishers hosted by the Kaedama Team (with Antoine Bauza, Corentin Lebrun, Ludovic Maublanc and Théo Rivière). The Kaedama Team is made of 4 game authors who offer their support to game professionals using their own knowledge and experience of the industry: Antoine Bauza (author of 7 Wonders, Hanabi, Tokaido etc.) / Corentin Lebrat (author of Takenoko Chibis, Diavolo etc.) / Ludovic Maublanc (author of Cash & Guns, Mr Jack, Cyclades etc.) / Théo Rivière (former project/development manager at IELLO, Yoka By Tsume and Repos Production. Author of Sea of Clouds, Sticky Chameleons etc.). These 4 successful authors recently joined forces to create Draftosaurus.
    > 7pm to 9pm: Invitation to the networking cocktail party with publishers.
  • On the 25th of February: presentation of your games to the public in a dedicated space called the « Auteurs de Jeux » (Games authors area) with the possibility to book a table for half-a-day.
  • On the 26th of February: unlimited access to the dedicated space (without having to book a table) to showcase your game to the public.
    Each selected author will have to pay a 93€ participation fee (VAT included)

Other participants will be asked to purchase a BUSINESS BADGE