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All set for this week’s Kenya International Sports Film Festival

SPORTS By Mike Kihaki | October 27th 2021

It is all systems go ahead of this year’s Kenya International Sports Film Festival (KISFF)-Africa’s premier sports film festival slated for October 28-31. 

Submissions of films and documentaries opened for a period of three months on the film freeway global portal from May 15.

This is the only sports film festival in the African continent and is organised by the Safinaz foundation; it is the most ancient international competitive Festival of the World FICTS Challenge. The festival was focused on Olympic Idea, Olympic Games and Sport and had the aim to help the development of Olympic Ideas.

It’s also the Kenyan registered charity dedicated to promoting sports in the country with an aim to fill the gap that exists in documenting the achievements of sportsmen and women in Kenya. The organizers of the festival anticipate a bigger event having emerged from the past three editions with a wealth of experience and global recognition.

The sports film festival, which was inaugurated in 2018 and is the first in Africa, is the brainchild of Safinaz Foundation that is steered by former Kenyan international cricket and tennis national teams captain Aasif Karim.

Others are Cortina, Italy, The “Nice Côte d’Azur International FICTS Festival” in Nice France from October 29 – 31 and the eighth Sport Film Festival Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The finals of the “World FICTS Challenge 2021” will take place in Milan, Italy on November 26-30.

FICTS will contribute to the promotion of the Tokyo 2020, Beijing 2022, Paris 2024 and Milano-Cortina 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Games through several events during the festival in Milan and during the festivals of World FICTS Challenge. The partnership between KISFF and FICTS is designed to see FICTS assist, guide and support KISFF in all its activities to ensure further growth in Africa.

Former world marathon record holder and globally acclaimed peace ambassador Tegla Loroupe and former Kenya Rugby Sevens team captain Humphrey Kayange are the main partners in the push to bring Africa this creative endeavour whose motto is pursuing passion for sports through film.

Being the fourth edition, and following the success that the 2020 KISFF virtual event achieved, this year’s festival is also destined to be held virtually on its Youtube channel and Facebook page.

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