THE GAME by Roman Hodel

A whistle. The stands of the stadium get loud. The players protest angrily. The presenters follow the action on the field. In the middle of it, the referee. The whole stadium watches him. Now he has to decide and direct the energy of an entire stadium.


Documentary, 2020, 17 minutes

Writer & Director: Roman Hodel
Producer: Franziska Sonder

DOP: Lukas Gut
DOP 2nd Unit: Ramón Königshausen
Sound Recordist: Oscar van Hoogevest
Sound Recordist 2nd Unit: Salome Wüllner
Editor: Rolf Hellat, Roman Hodel

In coprodution with: Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, Urs Augstburger
Supported by: Albert Koechlin Stiftung, Federal Office of Culture, Zurich Film Fund,
Innerschweizer Filmfachgruppe, FUKA-Fonds Stadt Luzern

World Sales: Ouat Media,,
Festival Distribution: Square Eyes,,

28th Hamptons International Film Festival (USA) 2020 *Best Documentary Short Film Award
Zurich Film Award (Switzerland) 2020 * Best Short Film
24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) 2020 * Special Mention
38th Sulmona International Filmfestival (Italy) 2020 * Best Documentary
38th Sulmona International Filmfestival (Italy) 2020 * Best Editing
42th Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt) 2020 * Special Jury Award
12th Filmer le Travail (France) * Prix Des Lycéens Et Des Apprentis, Prix Des Détenus 1
7th ZagrebDox (Croatia) * The Little Stamp Award
10th Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (Hungary) * Audience Award

FESTIVALS (selection)
77th Venice International Film Festival (Italy) 2020 *Orizzonti Corti
45th TIFF, Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) 2020 *
Short Cuts
27th Palm Springs ShortFest (USA) 2021 * Official Selection
29th Curtas Vila do Conde, (Portugal) 2021 * International Competition
24th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland) 2020 *International Competition
33th IDFA International Documentary Film Festival (Netherlands) 2020 *Best of Fest
27th Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (Germany) * International Competition
49th Huesca International Film Festival (Spain) 2021* Short Documentary Competition
15th VISFF Vilnius International Short Film Festival (Lithuania) 2021* International Competition
2ANNAS – Riga International Short Film Festival (Latvia) 2021 * International Short Film Competition