The 14th edition of the Kampala Sports E-Motion International FICTS Festival 2020 officially kicked off on Monday 28th September at Tal Cottages Hotel in Kampala, Lubaga.
The three-day festival, conducted in accordance with Covid-19 Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), will feature screening of Sports movies from all parts of the world and the best productions will be awarded and automatically qualify for the Grand finale in Milan.
The 2020 edition will have seven competitive categories that include Olympic Spirit, Documentary, Sport and Disability, Sport and Society, movies and TV football, and TV and weblog which was introduced last year.
At the Festival, a Photo exhibition will also be held by a senior Sports Photo journalist John Batanudde under the Theme “Off The Ground” alongside an exhibition of Vintage Broadcast Equipment that has been used to broadcast the inception of the oldest broadcasting institution in the country.
Chairman Organizing Committee Dr. Dean Kibirige who doubles as the President of FICTS Africa and FICTS Uganda chapter, presided over the opening ceremony.
He was flanked by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) Chief Executive Officer Edgar Watson and the FUFA communications director Ahmed Hussein Marsha.
FICTS president Kibirige lauded the founder of the FICTS international event, the late Andrew Patrick Luwandagga and heaped praise on the participants that graced the event.
“For 14 years now, we have been able to organize the FICTS Uganda Festival. In a special way, I want to thank our founder, the Late Patrick Luwandagga for the foundation laid. I also thank the participants and key stake holders for working with us. Like last year, we have 7 competitive sections that include Olympic Spirit, Documentary, Sport and Disability, Sport and Society, movies and TV football and well as TV and weblog which was introduced last year,” he noted.
The opening day had the screening of several films in soccer, martial arts (mixed and judo), basketball, mountaineering and athletics (track and field). The soccer films screened included Being Keegan and WDR Sport Inside – Trapped in Qatar.
“I salute FICTS Uganda for carrying on the legacy. Continue to do your best, the public will get the best. Do not relax. The footage you capture during sports events is now essential in the technical analysis and evaluation,” FUFA CEO Edgar Watson remarked.
The Martial arts category boosted of films like Before Thunder (Mixed) and The World Reaches For Tokoyo (Judo).
Hoops Africa – Ubuntu Matters (Basketball), From Zero to Kilimanjaro (Mountaineering) and Run as One (Athletics – Track and Field) were also on the display.
The 14th Kampala International Ficts Festival is scheduled to end tomorrow (Wednesday, 30th September 2020).