FICTS – Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (www.sportmoviestv.com), with seat in Milan (Italy), joined with 129 Countries, chaired by Prof. Franco Ascani, Member of IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission is the only Federation (founded in 1983) of the field recognized by the IOC – International Olympic Committee for which it promotes the values of sport through footages. FICTS guarantees the rights of people with disability and believes that women are a fundamental element for a profitable development of culture and education as well as key figure in the social dynamics of contemporary society. FICTS supports, using the power of images, communication action and increasing the development of sporting and Olympic values as well as the culture of sports, promoting brotherhood, fair play, teamwork, determination, respect for the rules, loyalty, consistency, constancy, courage, reliability, self-respect. The aim is to create, through sport, enthusiasm among the communities and increase social cohesion and, through the young and with the support of the institutions, promote the diversity of cultures and strengthen mutual respect. The FICTS operates under the motto “Culture Through Sport” for the affirmation of the sports ideal and its moral and cultural values as an instrument of formation and elevation of the person and of solidarity.
“WORLD FICTS CHALLENGE” is the main presentation where FICTS is used for the promotion and spread of Olympic values and sport culture. A competition for movies and television productions promoted and organized every year by FICTS – with free entrance for the audience in the 5 Continents and scheduled in 20 Festival including Worldwide Final. Through the “World FICTS Challenge”, Federation promotes all around the world, the quality of sports images and cooperation of those who work creatively in sports broadcasters and sport cinema. Winning productions of each Festival (maximum 7 productions).
The FICTS Executive Committee in light of the unprecedented global pandemic due Covid that has affected the world, has decided that all phases of the International Circuit must take place – in person or ON- LINE (see Art. 3 – FICTS Support and Patronage – d) Communication: point 13) – no later than October (different dates can be approved individually by the FICTS Board of Directors only for specific reasons).
FICTS provides for the Local Organizing Committees, 40 productions (Short, Documentaries, Olympic videos, Cartoons, etc.) 8 Exhibitions, a strong promotional activities on the launch and promotion (emails sent directly to producers, directors, Olympic Committees, sport Federations with a mailing list of 65.000 mail contacts), possibility to consult the videos archives, advice and assistance to the organization, facilitation contacts with movie houses of production.
One of “WORLD FICTS CHALLENGE” objectives is to create accessible events including as many people as possible in the hosting Country, therefore all events are free of charge. While the hosting city or selected agencies themselves are organizing local events, FICTS assumes the overall project management responsibility and coordination of the whole project “World FICTS Challenge” as well as the Final Phase, widely covered by international media.
Each of the “World FICTS Challenge” Festival promotes an action similar to International Olympic Committee strategy in order to keep the interest in world sport companies, encouraging them to practice physical activity and Olympism. The event is characterized by high sport and organization quality as well as a wide international participation (journalists, professionals and industry experts, sports champions), that produces a strong media, tourism and economic impact in the region, promoting the area’s image abroad.
The Festivals of the “WORLD FICTS CHALLENGE” are articulated into Projections, Meetings, Workshops, Webinars, Exhibitions, Sides Events and Awards.
The events are a valuable promotion tools of educational values and training that sport expresses and qualified international spot for the hosting cities and their Countries through media, broadcasters, global networks, new media, productions companies, producers, directors, Olympic Committees and Sport Federations, sports champions, radios, advertising and communication agencies that illustrate the world of sport cinema and TV through documentaries, spot, fiction, cartoons, etc.
All the Festival of “World FICTS Challenge” are part of “ISFAF – INTERNATIONAL SPORTFILM FESTIVAL ASSOCIATION FICTS” (join to ISFAF – www.sportmoviestv.com/isfaf-membership-form/).
The purpose of the Association is the promotion and development of any initiative aimed at improving the artistic quality and communicative value of “Sports-area Film Festivals” through the mutual collaboration of all those recognized and through the media – cinema, audiovisual, publishing, web – in the idea of a free, democratic, civil and pluralist cultural production. The Association aims to offer a series of activities oriented to the satisfaction of knowledge needs, in-depth study, updating, training and cultural and professional qualification of the subject “film festivals” in the context of communication with specific reference to the identification, recognition, associative force and coordination of the sports-area cinematographic events that are recognized in the characteristics attributed by the annexed regulation in the category “Sports Film Festivals”.
The Festivals of the “World FICTS Challenge 2021” (joined to ISFAF since 2019) are:
Barcelona (Spain): February 14 – 20 Cotè Azur (France): May 10 – 12
Lisbon (Portugal): May 12– 15 Rotterdam (Netherlands): May 17 – 18
Sarajevo (Bosnia): June 10 – 12 Rogaška Slatina (Slovenia): June 16 – 19
Tehran (I. R. Iran): June 23 – 27 Beijing (China): August 8 – 15
Zlatibor (Serbia): August 25 – 28 Nagano (Japan): August 29 – 31
Kampala (Uganda): September 12 – 14 Venice/Treviso (Italy): September 15 – 17
Tashkent (Uzbekistan): September 23 – 25 Pristina (Kosovo): September 30 – October 2
Liberec (Czech Rep.): October 5 – 9 Belo Horizonte (Brasil): October 16 – 20
Buenos Aires (Argentina): October 22 – 26 Nairobi (Kenya): October 27 – 30
Kingston (Jamaica): November 3– 5