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.
The purpose of the festival:
- Promoting sporting values such as sporting spirit, respect, friendship, loyalty, belonging to a team, through movies.
- Encouraging sports filmmakers.
- To make people aware of the importance of playing sports and physical activity.
- Present sports information to decision-making organizations in related fields.
- To present sport as an instrument for connecting people and strengthening social relations.
- Promotion of Slovenian sports and sports tourism in Slovenia.


Production houses, producers, directors, individuals, public and private institutions, associations, federations, and other organizations from Slovenia and abroad can apply for this call. We accept all film genres and film lengths related to sports in any way. You can submit a film for participation in the competition program or in accompanying programs. The condition for a film to be included in the competition program is that its premiere screening occurred after January 1, 2022; there are no time constraints for inclusion in accompanying programs.
All submitted films will be reviewed by the festival's program selector. If they are suitable for screening at the festival, they will be nominated in the appropriate categories for awards. Selected films in accompanying programs will be organized into special screenings. The selector, in collaboration with the organizing committee and the festival director, compiles the program.
Applicants will be notified of the selection by April 30, 2024, via email.
Filmmakers with films selected for the festival will be asked to send a copy of the film in DCP format, along with all promotional materials, posters, leaflets, banners, links to websites, Instagram and Facebook addresses, a content summary of the film, etc., which will be used for promoting the screening at the festival. The deadline for submitting materials is March 30, 2024. Please note that all materials must be submitted in accordance with the call and clearly indicate the desired category of participation.
Participants in the film festival grant the festival organizers the right to use their copyrighted works for promoting the International Sports Film Festival Slovenia. The festival organizer commits to handling applicants' data carefully and in compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act. By applying to the festival, participants also agree that the information provided in the application is accurate and correct, and they will refrain from actions that could harm the reputation and interests of the Organizer and other involved parties. You can view this year's film festival report on this website www.isff.si and on the YouTube channel https://youtu.be/WAUKGVqEmuI?t=2
The organizer offers the possibility for producers to participate in the selection of TV viewers in Slovenia for a grand prize. The selection will last for 30 days, and the selected films (as decided by the professional committee) will be shown in a special section of the Sports Film Festival on a selected TV channel in Slovenia. The screening will last for 30 days, and the winner of the selection will be automatically proposed for the Ficts final in Milan. Furthermore, the purchase of the film for regular broadcast on a TV station will be offered.
The organizer also collaborates with the Zlatibor Festival in Serbia and will send all works for review by the program council of the Zlatibor Festival. Subsequently, they will be contacted regarding the possibility of participation in the festival.

1. Format (screening): DCP 2K or 4K (unencrypted), HD file (ProRes, H264...)
2. Framerate: 24 or 25 fps
3. Aspect Ratio: 1:1.85, 1:2.39, 16:9
4. Audio 5.1, Stereo
5. Subtitles: Slovenian translation (in DCP or srt format), English subtitles in .srt format with properly timed codes; the timing codes must match the version of the film being screened.

1. Application deadline: March 30, 2024;
2. The application is free of charge;
3. If the applicant is submitting multiple films, a separate application form must be filled out for each film.

1. The best film of the festival will receive the main award, the "Grand PRIX."
2. The main award is presented in each category/genre.
3. Other awards are given at the discretion of the festival committee. The recipient of the "Grand PRIX" title and the winners of the categories will be invited to the final FICTS film festival in Milan (participation fee covered by the Slovenia festival).
Categories of the film festival:
1. OLYMPIC/PARALYMPIC SPIRIT: Productions that promote an understanding of the Olympic movement and its values through the dissemination of the universal language of the Olympics and its ethical-cultural-educational functions. Stories and reports on preparations for the Olympic Games and the participation of Olympic Games protagonists from the past to the future. The inclusion and socialization of people with special needs through sports practice. Raising awareness of Olympic values and knowledge through multimedia and audiovisual productions, with sports and champions as central elements.
2. DOCUMENTARY: Documented television or film chronicles and research related to sports in all its forms and expressions, stories of champions, teams, events. Individual sports / Team sports
3. SPORT AND SOCIETY: Values of sports, culture, and education: Conveying the values of social sports (ethics, tolerance, respect, fair play, social inclusion, peace, etc.), and sports as an informative, educational, and formative instrument.
4. FILMS*: Fiction, short and feature films, TV films and series (created by beginners or known authors), including cartoons, with sports as the main theme, sports events, or stories of champions, whether real or fictional. (*For this section, information about the artistic and technical crew is required).
5. QUICK SPORTS STORIES (maximum 3 minutes): Productions with a prominent sports theme that present sports events and/or productions that feature sports champions as representatives of products or initiatives: public services, nonprofit organizations, corporate and social campaigns, sports promotion, sports events, etc.
6. FILMS AND TV SHOWS ABOUT TEAM SPORTS: Reports, documentaries, short and feature films, stories about teams, events, TV programs, etc., with one of the team sports as the main theme in various applications: television, cinema, and new technological platforms.

Overall Rating
  • Marx Braga

    It was a great pleasure to participate in the Festival. Very professional. Extraordinary!

    June 2023
  • We are glad that our film was part of International Sport Film Festival Slovenia's selection. Looking forward for the next edition!

    June 2023
  • La cinearte produzioni

    A festival attentive to the selected works

    June 2023