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DIR: Steven Dhoedt
2013 / Belgium, South Korea / 96 min

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Every year thousands of South-Koreans flock to the game stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League, a live sports event where professional gamers compete to be the best at one single video game: Starcraft. It’s a title many young South Koreans dream of. The game itself is more than a decade old, almost ancient in the fast developing world of video games, but in South Korea it has become a national past-time. Like most specator sports, this world of eSports rapidly evolved in a multi-million dollar business.
The stars of the Starcraft league are national celebrities, participating on all levels of popular culture. 24hr TV networks devote entire theme shows to a single player, while teenage girls from Seoul devote their entire teenage life to the fan club of their favourite gaming star. As top players earn hundreds of thousands of euros, being a Starcraft player isn’t only a wise career move, it is also the path to respect and credibility in the highly competitive society of South Korea.They are envied and admired because they do what they love and make a lot of money doing so. Unfortunately few people realise these gamers live a spartan life of training and competition - just as any other professional athlete.
However, a series of radical events has broken the status quo of the Korean eSports scene. First there was the match-fixing scandal, where several high profile players were caught losing games in exchange for money. Soon after that, Starcraft II, a follow-up to the game was released. New players entered the scene and brand new tournaments were established. As eSports finally became global, the South-Korean professional gaming scene faced a clear-cut choice: adapt or perish.
In this story, we follow 3 characters in different stages of their career as a Pro-Gamer in South Korea. For some it will be a struggle to stay on top of their game, for others it might be the turning point of their lives.

About

Director Steven Dhoedt
Screenplay Steven Dhoedt
Dir. of Photography Steven Dhoedt
Editing Gert Van Berckelaer
Music Regina Lok Yan To
Sound Raf Enckels
Duration 96 min
Year 2013
Country Belgium, South Korea
Colour Colour
Tags Asia, media, observational, technology, youth
Production VISUALANTICS
VISUALANTICS
Address:  Rue Bara 173-177
City:  B-1070 Brussels
Country:  Belgium
Web:  www.visualantics.net/
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Phone:  (+32) (0)2 560 21 27
Fax:  (+32) (0)70 41 60 95

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Festivals

2013 DOCVILLE


2013 CNEX ...

2013 DOCVILLE


2013 CNEX TAIPEI INTL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL


2013 INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL, ANTWERP


2014 FUZHONG 15 – TAIPEI, TAIWAN


2014 F.A.M.E. Film And Music Experience – PARIS, FRANCE


2014 CINEMASIA FESTIVAL - AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS


2014 NATLAB – EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS


2014 FRAMEOUT FESTIVAL – VIENNA, AUSTRIA


2014 KITZBUHEL FILM FESTIVAL – KITZBUHEL, AUSTRIA


2014 PORTLAND FILM FESTIVAL – PORTLAND, USA


2014 CINCINNATI FILM FESTIVAL – OHIO, USA


2014 ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL – SIBIU, ROMANIA


2014 NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL – NEW YORK, USA – BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD


2014 FESTIVAL ENFANCES DU MONDE – PARIS, FRANCE


2015 DOCPOINT – HELSINKI, FINLAND
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2015 DOCPOINT – TALLIN, ESTONIA


2015 KOREAN FILM ARCHIVE – SEOUL, KOREA


2015 ONE WORLD FILMFEST – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC


2015 LA INDIE FEST – LOS ANGELES, USA


2015 SILK ROAD FILM FEST – DUBLIN, IRELAND


2015 GOLDEN DOOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – NEW JERSEY, USA

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