Unity Technologies has announced the finalists that will compete for the 2011 Unity Awards, to be given out during the 5th annual Unite 2011 conference in San Francisco's Masonic Center next month.

The 30 finalists were "chosen from an extensive and stellar list of games, entertainment and apps made with the Unity engine" and represent "some of the best and brightest professional and amateur talent within the video game industry," the company said in announcing the finalists.

Interested parties can now place their votes in the Community Choice category leading up to the awards ceremony on September 29.

Previous Unity Award winners include atmospheric side-scroller Feist, top-down Android shmup Air Attack HD and offbeat driving game Off-Road Velociraptor Safari.

The finalists for the 2011 Unity Awards are as follows:

Student
1916 - Der Unbekannte Krieg (Team 2 DADIU)
Blokhead (Annie Dickerson)
Branch (Awesome Games DADIU)
Broken Dimensions (Team Twisted DADIU)
GLiD (GLiD)
Unstoppaball (Matthew Zarzecki)

Non-Game
A+E 3D (Apluse)
Aircraft Marshalling Virtual Trainer (Heartwood Inc.)
CliniSpace (CliniSpace)
Let's Create! Pottery HD (Infinite Dreams)
Tiga Talk Speech Therapy Games (Tactica Interactive)
Virtual History Roma (Mondadori Digital)

Cross-Platform
BattleBall (Schell Games)
Buddy Rush (Sollmo)
Margaritaville Online (Exploding Barrel Games)
Shadow Era (Wulven Game Studios)
UberStrike (Cmune Games)

Graphics
Cordy (SilverTree Media)
Gears (Crescent Moon Games)
Mini Motor Racing (The Binary Mill)
Rochard (Recoil)
Siegecraft (Crescent Moon Games)
Sky Legends (Smart Bomb Interactive)

Gameplay
BasketDudes (Bitoon)
King's Bounty: Legions (Nival Interactive)
Pulse: Volume One (Cipher Prime)
Rochard (Recoil)
Sky Legends (Smart Bomb Interactive)
Snuggle Truck (Owlchemy Labs)

Grand Prix
BasketDudes (Bitoon)
Battleheart (Mika Mobile)
Battlestar Galactica Online (Artplant, BigPoint)
Gears (Crescent Moon Games)
Rochard (Recoil)
Sky Legends (Smart Bomb Interactive)

Community Choice
BasketDudes (Bitoon)
Battleheart (Mika Mobile)
Battlestar Galactica Online (Artplant, BigPoint)
Boccia (Sainsbury or Preloaded?)
Gears (Crescent Moon Games)
Marvel Super Hero Squad Online (Gazillion)
Monkey Quest (Behavior, Nickelodeon)
Runespell (Mystic Box)
Snuggle Truck (Owlchemy Labs)
UberStrike (Cmune Games)

[This post originally appeared on Gamasutra and was written by Kyle Orland.]