The International FICTS Festival awards ceremony took place in Milan (ITA) on December 8. The Universiade documentary took a trophy in the Olympic Values category, beating out two other Russian documentaries: 'Flame that Warms Our Hearts' about the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay and 'Pair Number One. More Than Love' about the success story of Olympic figure skating champions Volosozhar/Trankov.
The documentary premiered in February 2014. The film tells the story of how student-athletes - participants of the 2013 World University Summer Games - are getting ready to travel to Russia for the first time and are learning about Kazan. "The idea of making a film appeared in the spring of 2012. When discussing ongoing matters, we, together with the current Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vladimir Leonov, came up with an idea that it would be great to film a documentary about everything that is happening in the city - to show how it is changing, growing, evolving, how the streets and citizens are transforming in the preparation for the Games," said Azat Kadyrov, Director General of the Executive Directorate for Sports Projects, after receiving the award.
In collaboration with the national federations and largest national student teams planning to participate in the World University Summer Games, the production centre selected the most interesting characters for the film - promising athletes in various sports, which, according to their coaches, stood a high chance of winning medals at the Universiade. Throughout the year, the shooting took place in various countries - the U.S., China, Jamaica, Poland and, of course, Russia.
The documentary about the 2013 Summer Universiade was produced by the IVAN Production Centre, which has extensive experience of shooting documentaries and feature films for the Russian television. The portfolio of the production centre includes the following feature, television and documentary films: Life: The Missing Manual, The USSR: Collapse, The Context or The Art of Being Happy, Power of Crowd, Alexander Belyaev, Great Mystery of Water, Edvard Radzinsky's Mysteries of History series (Grigory Rasputin, False Dmitry. False Royalty in Rus), Mysteries of Stalin and many others.
According to the Organising Committee, a total of 948 entries from 55 countries have been submitted to compete at the International Sport Movies & TV Festival. 150 entries have been shortlisted and each of them has been nominated in one of the following competitive sections: Olympic Games, Documentary;TV Shows – New Technologies; Sport & Society; Movies; Sport Adverts; Movies & TV Football.
The International Sport Movies & TV Festival is organised by FICTS (Fédération Internationale Cinéma Télévision Sportifs) that includes 113 countries and is officially recognised by IOC (International Olympic Committee). The Federation is presided by Prof. Franco Ascani. During the meetings held these days in Milan, it was agreed that the 2015 edition of the International Sport Movies & TV Festival will be held in Kazan. The dates of the Festival will be revealed in the near future.