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Synopsis: “Tournament” is about a group of unlikely friends who gather at their local game shop for an epic battle only to have a beautiful outsider turns everything upside down.

“Tournament” captures the spirit, camaraderie and smack talk of millions of players around the world.







Run Time

82 minutes


Ricardo Chavira (Steve)

Directed by

Patricia DiSalvo Viayra

Written by

Sam Gasch
Patricia DiSalvo Viayra

Produced by

Mike Viayra

Edited by

Moriah Burton

Director's Statement

Tournament captures a slice of life inside of a typical game shop. We wanted to share the essence of dedicated gamers and their relationships to the shop, the game they play and the fellow gamers as well as outsiders. Through this process we discovered how game shops serve as a cultural center for so many and an escape outlet from their every day lives. Some people fit in and others don’t and it fascinates me as to how the group does and doesn’t police itself when it comes to bullying and bad behavior. We enjoyed creating several homages to famous “Face Offs” in games & movies that we hope you’ll recognize while capturing the beauty, comedy and drama of life in a game shop playing table top games. Whether you play board games, poker and other card games, or sports you should be able to relate to the quirky dynamics of a diverse group of players playing to win!

Director's Bio

Patricia is an award-winning writer-director-producer, co-founder and executive director of the 13th Annual Lady Filmmakers Festival based out of Beverly Hills, CA.


Origins Film Festival - 2018

Best Feature Film

Origins Film Festival - 2019

Audience Choice Award


Gen Con - 2018

Best Gamer Film

Official selection

Louisville International Festival of Film

Lonely Seal Film Festival

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