GameLoading: Rise of the Indies is a feature documentary exploring the world of indie game developers – their craft, their games, their dreams, and how they have forever changed the landscape of games culture. Disrupting the big-budget industry, indie games have altered the art form through their innovative, varied and personal games. Small teams of passionate and creative developers are offering an alternate voice to players. GameLoading aims to capture this pivotal point in history, where video games have become more personal than ever before.

The film aims to showcase a wide variety of indie developers behind some of the most important games of the past few years and take a broad snapshot of this diverse, creative community on an international scale.

GameLoading features interviews with a mix of high-profile and up-and-coming indie developers and industry figures, including:

  • Rami Ismail (Vlambeer)
  • Davey Wreden (The Stanley Parable)
  • Christine Love (Analogue: A Hate Story)
  • Trent Kusters (Armello)
  • Lucas Pope (Papers, Please)
  • John Romero and Tom Hall (id Software founders)
  • Nina Freeman (Code Liberation)
  • Jens Bergensten (Minecraft)
  • Richard Hofmeier (Cart Life)
  • Zoe Quinn (Depression Quest)
  • Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone) and dozens more


StudioBento is a digital studio in Melbourne, Australia that specialises in film and video productions. Projects include TVCs, documentaries, interstitials, web-series, hype reels and branded content that are distributed across TV, Internet, and cinema. StudioBento is managed by producer Lester Francois, who has a background in narrative and factual entertainment.


Early historyStudioBento was formed by filmmakers Lester Francois and Anna Brady, who have years of experience working in film and TV.

A love of film brought the couple together. Lester studied film at the Victorian College of the Arts, Anna studied fine art, specialising in film-making, and the two met at a film festival where they had both submitted rival film-noir shorts. By trade, Anna is a video editor and Lester a producer and director, and the pair, have worked on TV programs, documentaries, commercials and corporate videos.




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Lester Francois
Producer / Director

Anna Brady
Producer /Director / Editor

Jess O’Farrell
Associate Producer

Tim Shiel

Cam Matheson



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