Mumbai can look forward to the Sport Movies and TV festival, which will be held at Fun Republic, Andheri, from March 2-5. The festival is being organised by the Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs (FICTS), Italy, in association with Ten Films, India. Present on the occasion to announce the festival were Anurag Batra, CEO, exchange4media; billiards player Michael Ferreira, veteran actress Sarika and author Shobaa De. Sarika, Michael Ferreira, Ranjan Kapoor, Shobaa De, and Sudhir Mishra are the members of the jury for the festival.
FICTS is the one of the most important worldwide film festivals dedicated to sports, television and cinema. Ritesh Sinha, Festival Director, said, “The ‘Sports Movies and TV’ festival aims to cultivate the sports culture in the country and provide a platform for young and talented filmmakers from India and abroad to showcase their work”
He further said that unlike any other film festival, this festival promised to deliver a healthy interaction of sports and the visual media. It not only encompasses feature films but also well made short films and documentaries.
Atul Goel, CEO, Fun Cinemas at Fun Republic, said, “Being a leading family entertainment centre favoured by the audiences for commercial films is not enough. It is obligatory for us to share the cause and concern of niche cinema buffs along with the demand of popular movie patrons. This festival aims to usher in quality cinema in the forefront and since it is also a first of its kind event in the country, it is necessary for us to support the cause wholeheartedly.”
The festival includes film screenings, an exhibition featuring various media, entertainment and sports related companies. The event will also feature communication and film schools and organise several educational events like panel discussions, workshops, seminars and conferences. International and Indian filmmakers, cinematographers, editors, media students, sportsmen, sports trainees, and film and sports buffs are expected to participate in the festival. The festival will also feature a Sports Café.
FICTS, which has 99 member countries and the patronage of the International Olympic Committee, has joined hands with Ten Films, India to introduce the Mumbai International FICTS Festival in recognition of India’s growing contribution to international cinema and sports. This also represents India’s entry into the grand finale of Sport Movies and TV festival, to be held in Milan, for the coveted Guirlande d’ Honneur Award.
In Italy, Sport Movies and TV is held under the patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, in collaboration with Regione Lombardia, and the Pleadings of the Musée Olimpique Lausanne, the European Commission, the Province of Milan and Milan City Council.