The Kenya International Sports Film Festival (KISFF) was launched yesterday at the Toranj Restaurant in Lavington at a mellow occassion that was graced by sports and film stakeholders. The host and brains behind this splendid initiative is Mr. Asif Karim, a reknown name in the Kenyan cricket scene having come from a family that’s been firmly rooted in the same and has played through generations.
KISFF aims to be a Film Festival, a first of its kind in Kenya to tell sports stories and preserve this rich history we have. Hassan Noor Hassan, the Deputy Minister for Sports and Heritage, also graced the occassion as Chief Guest and promised that the government was fully behind them and would accord KISFF all the necessary support. Also present were ex-cricket team members, Rajab Ali, Edward Odumbe and Tariq Iqbal to support their own.
So far, 150 entries have been submitted and many more are yet to come. This will help improve the relationship between sports and film and largely boost sports tourism in Nairobi. The 4 day festival will start on the 22nd and run through till the 25th of November at the Louis Leakey Auditorium at the National Museum of Kenya in Nairobi.
The Kenyan sporting heritage is so rich and sport has been a bridge builder in our society for many decades. We need to start a documenting culture for our future generations so that our history isn’t lost. It’ll be a great opportunity to bring together filmmakers, sponsors and key players in both film and sports markets.
Submit your work on: https://www.kisff.or.ke/submissions/
Some more pictures from the event: