On 23 November 2021, the Zveza ŠKL (School Basketball League) organisation officially obtained a licence for Slovenia from FICTS, the world’s largest festival of sports documentary and feature films (https://www.sportmoviestv.com/en/). Slovenia thus joined a film community of 20 countries and became the 21st country to provide a venue for the international festival. Slovenia obtained the licence for a period of 10 years and with it the exclusive right to hold the sports film festival under the auspices of the FICTS.
The international FICTS festival unites 125 member countries from around the globe and is held in 20 countries (with Slovenia now becoming the 21st) spanning five continents. The festival’s lead partner is the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its chair is Prof Franco Ascani, member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission.
In addition to Zveza ŠKL, the festival’s organisers and partners in Slovenia include the Olympic Committee of Slovenia (OCS), the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB), the Institute and Academy of Multimedia (IAM), and the host town of Rogaška Slatina. The festival will through the slogan »Culture Through Sport« promote cultural and Olympic values, learning about the sporting spirit, and exploring Olympism.
The festival’s repertoire will comprise around 35 to 40 feature-length films and documentaries on the topic of sports and Olympism, with several international films from the entire FICTS family, including some of the winning films from previous festivals. The best films of the festival will receive the Grand Prix award and the right to represent Slovenia at the final FICTS film festival in Milan, the city of the festival’s founder.