ESPN Films’ Latest Award-Winning Documentary Short “The Game” Now Streaming Exclusively on ESPN+

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ESPN Films’ Latest Award-Winning Documentary Short “The Game” Now Streaming Exclusively on ESPN+

The documentary showcases the unique perspective and varied skill set of a world class referee, all within a single pro soccer match

“The Game” which won the award for Best Documentary Short at the 28th Annual Hamptons Film Festival, follows Fedayi San, an ever-vigilant referee in the Swiss Super League during a high-tension professional soccer match. Directed by Roman Hodel, “The Game” provides audiences an intimate look at the intense pressure the referee faces on every call and what it means to earn respect on the field and direct the energy of an entire stadium. Trailer:

“The Game,” had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and was selected to play The Toronto International Film Festival. The film is eligible for the 93rd Academy Awards® in Best Documentary (Short Subject). This award winning documentary short film from ESPN Films is now streaming exclusively on ESPN+.

“Sport is emotional and the referee’s decisions often put him in the crossfire of all these energies. It is part of his job to endure, but I wanted to show the humanity behind the position – a person with ambitions, worries and also doubts,” said director Roman Hodel. “I’m delighted that ‘The Game’ is now a part of ESPN+ and that this story can be watched by a wider audience.”

About ESPN Films

ESPN Films has been an industry leader in documentary filmmaking since its inception in March 2008, producing more than 100 documentaries that have showcased some of the most compelling stories in sports. The high quality of storytelling, highlighted by the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series and the Academy-Award winning documentary “O.J.: Made in America,” has led to record viewership as well as multiple honors and critical acclaim. Additional projects from ESPN Films over the years have included 30 for 30 Shorts, Nine for IX, SEC Storied and Emmy award-winning docu-series “The Last Dance.” ESPN+ is the exclusive home for the entire 30 for 30 library.

About ESPN+

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Isabelle Lopez

Based in New York City, Isabelle Lopez is a Communications Manager for ESPN Films and Original Content. Her projects include the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 documentary series, ESPN Cover Story, and The ESPYS, among others.
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