The first edition of the Kenya International Sports Film
Festival (KISFF) will be held in November this year, organisers
said during the launch.
which will run between Nov.22 and Nov.25, will feature
films from across the globe and is an initiative of
Safinaz Foundation that promotes sports in Kenya and aims
to use the movies to foster unity, inspire society,
nurture talent, and celebrate sportsmen by showcasing of
short film and feature documentaries
the chairman of Safinaz Foundation who is also KISFF
chairman, said that the festival will provide an ideal
platform for movies that combine the very best in both
sports and film and will be a window into a new niche
market that if properly harnessed can take the already
multi-billion dollar industry into a new direction for all
the players involved.
“As much as
there is a financial angle to promotion of sports in
Kenya, there is an even greater far-reaching perspective
in that we firmly belief that a healthy nation is a more
productive and progressive nation,” the former national
cricket team captain said.
He said that
the festival will create a global awareness that is
inherent in its core belief that while sports unifies
society, film inspires the social order.
KISFF Chairman Aasif Karim and His Excellency Ambassador
Dragan Zupanjevac - Embassy of Serbia.
Festival Director, said the films must have been produced from
2010 to date, with short films running between 5-20 minutes and
feature films between 20 and 120 minutes.
“The law in Kenya
demands that all films for public screening must be classified
by the Kenya Film Classification Board, therefore all films in
the final line-up will have to be classified for public
screening,” Nduta said, adding that so far, the event has
already attracted over 150 entries since July 1.
She said that there
will be eight category awards and 12 individual awards and added
that any film with non-English dialo-gue or text must be
submitted with subtitles in English.
Hassan Nur Hassan,
Cabinet Administrative Secretary for Sports, called upon
sportsmen and women who have rich history to document their
exploits for the sake of prosperity where the future generation
will learn from them
“Whereas sports is
not just about competition in the field, people only tend to
remember it during competition. Time has come for sportspeople
to tell their story for posterity,” Hassan said.
the Ambassador of Serbia to Kenya and whose country has entered
two films, said his nation is already the development of sports
in the East African nation.
“There are already
five Kenyans in Serbia undertaking training in swimming and
tennis and we will second some coaches to Kenya when the
international tennis center in Nairobi becomes operational,”
than envoy remarked.
Sports such as
boxing, cricket, golf, motor sport, football, tennis, volleyball
and athletics have ser-ved as showcases highlighting the very
best that Kenya has to offer when it comes to competing both
domestically and globally.
Committee Members of KISFF seen
are Chris Kamau, John Muli, Aasif Karim, Matrid Nyaga,
Florence Nduta, Moses Akodia, Nazneen Karim and Robert Asewe (back).