FICTS President Prof. Franco Ascani also in his capacity as Member of IOC Commission for Culture and Olympic Education has  participated to the Opening Ceremony of the first edition of the “Qatar Sports Film Festival (QSFF)” organized by the “Qatar Olympic & Sports Museum” directed by Dr Christian Wacker in collaboration with the “Youth Company” whose Founder and Chairman is Mohammad Farid.

FICTS President, Prof Franco Ascani (centre), Director of Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, Dr Christian Wacker (right)
and Founder and Chairman of Youth Company, Mohammad Farid, at the opening of Qatar Sports Film Festival

The Opening Ceremony of the QSFF, inserted in the International Circuit World FICTS Challenge, was held in the Alriwaq Doha Exhibition Space in which is now present the Exhibition Olympics Past and Present.

Dr Christian Wacker, Director of Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (QOSM), was impressed by the quality of submissions for QSFF. “The submissions were a huge variety. They have very diverse quality and content are excellent and emotionally charged” – he said – adding the festival was intended to be part of the Olympics Past and Present exhibition.

For the two-day festival, it was essential for the QOSM and The Youth Company to forge a partnership with FICTS (Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs) “because FICTS is the umbrella institution which partners with sports film festivals around the world and they can help a lot to grant licences for the films, making sure they are of top calibre,” Dr Wacker said.