EN - Every year, thousands of South Koreans flock to one of the many stadiums in Seoul to watch the Pro League Competition of Starcraft, the most popular video game in the region, in which young professionals compete for the title of champion. The game itself, more than a decade old, is almost ancient in the fast-developing world of video games; but in South Korea it has become a national pastime. The players of the Starcraft Pro League are celebrities with a major cult following.

FR - Chaque année, des milliers de Sud-Coréens affluent dans l’un des nombreux stades de jeux de Séoul pour regarder la Compétition Pro League de Starcraft, le jeu vidéo le plus populaire de la région. Pendant une saison complète, comparable à celle du football, de jeunes Sud-Coréens s’affrontent pour le titre de champion. Le jeu, vieux de plus de dix ans, est presque un ancêtre dans le monde en perpétuelle évolution du jeu vidéo, mais en Corée du Sud, il est devenu un passe-temps national. Les joueurs de la Starcraft Pro League sont des célébrités nationales qui participent à tous les niveaux de la culture populaire et on leur voue un culte. Comme les joueurs gagnent une fortune, être un joueur du Starcraft n’est pas seulement un bond dans une carrière, mais aussi un chemin vers la crédibilité et le respect dans la très compétitive société sud-coréenne.


Title State of Play
Original title State of Play
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2013
World première / first public presentation 2013-05-04


Photography Steven Dhoedt
Editing Gert Van Berckelaer
Sound Raf Enckels
Music Regina To Lok Yan

Technical specs

Running time film 85'
Release format DCP
Aspect ratio 1.85:1
Sound format 5.1 Dolby Surround
Colour Colour


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Seoul Film Commission, Korea Communications Agency
Production partners Minch & Film (KR), RTBF (BE)


2015: Silk Road Film Fest (IR), LA Indie Fest (US), One World FilmFest (CZ), Korean Film Archive (SK), Docpoint (EE), Docpoint (FI)

2014: Festival Enfances Du Monde (FR), NYC Independent Film Festival (US), Astra Film Festival (RO), Cincinnati Film Festival (US), Portland Film Festival (US), Kitzbuhel Film Festival (AU), Frameout Festival (AU), Natlab (NL), Cinemasia Festival (NL), F.A.M.E. Film and Music Experience (FR), Fuzhong (TW)

2013: Official selection - International Sports Film Festival (BE), CNEX Taipei International Documentary Festival (TW), Belgian competition - Docville (BE)


2014: Best Documentary - NYC Independent Film Festival (US)


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  • Singapore: Channel NewsAsia/Mediacorp (Free TV)
  • Denmark: Danmarks Radio (Free TV)

Flemish six-pack at Helsinki’s DocPoint Festival

Celebrating its 14th edition, Helsinki’s DocPoint Documentary Film Festival (January 27 – February 1) this year boasted a programme packed with films from Flanders. In addition to Waiting for August, 9999 and Desert Haze, the festival also featured Elephant’s Dream, State of Play and Nathan, Free as a Bird. Three docs co-produced with Flanders - See No Evil, Ming of Harlem and Ne me quitte pas - also made an appearance in Helsinki.

Waiting for August TrailerAfter successful outings at Hot Docs, Karlovy Vary and Visions du Réel, Teodora Ana Mihai was in Helsinki to present Waiting for August. Produced by Clin d’Oeil Films, the film follows a 15-year-old Romanian girl as she takes care of her six brothers and sisters while their mother is away earning a living in Italy.

Published on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Flanders Four at Forum

An unprecedented total of four projects from Flanders are selected for this year’s IDFA Forum, IDFA's international co-financing market for documentaries and Europe's largest gathering of filmmakers, television commissioning editors, and independent documentary producers.

Still from Pieter-Jan De Pue's Land of the EnlightenedThe record-number of Forum projects is another sign of the re-found dynamism in the Flemish documentary sector. The four projects are: Fons Feyaerts’ The King of Mont Ventoux (prod: Associate Directors) is a thrilling virtual competition that puts five legendary cycling heroes in an unprecedented race beyond the boundaries of time, crossing the verge of sports.

Published on Saturday 12 November 2011

IDFA presents Flemish doc bonanza

A record-breaking haul of eleven documentaries and four docu projects from Flanders have been selected  for this year’s IDFA, the international Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (16-27 November). Works from Jeremy De Ryckere and Kristof Bilsen, who recently graduated from RITS and NFTS (UK) respectively,  are shown in the Student Documentary competition. The other entries feature in the Reflecting Images: Panorama, Paradocs section and IDFA pitching Forum.

Still from Jeremy De Ryckere's The HeirBoth Jeremy De Ryckere’s The Heir and Kristof Bilsen’s White Elephant compete for the IDFA Award for Best Student Documentary, worth €2,500. The Heir tells the story of a father, Raf, and a son, Dominique, and their relationship to their passion: horse racing, a long family tradition. White Elephant is a documentary about the Central Post Office and its employees in Kinshasa, DR Congo. This grandiose relic of a colonial past has trapped its employees in a frozen timewarp from which they are planning their escape. Last year the Award for Best Student Documentary went to the Flemish doc What’s in a Name by Eva Küpper.

Published on Thursday 27 October 2011

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Director Steven Dhoedt
Producers Steven Dhoedt, Gert Van Berckelaer
Writers Steven Dhoedt

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