Festival “Le Temps Presse” or “Time is running out”
The awards ceremony of the Festival “Le Temps Presse” (Time is running out), took place on February 3, 2015 at the Paris Town Hall, in the presence of Costa Gravas, film director, scriptwriter and the festival’s Honorary President, and HE Sophie Thevenoux, Ambassador of Monaco in France. Each winner received a trophy and a professional camera.
The Festival was created in 2010 by producer Marc Oberon, with the purpose to spotlight the work of new talents inviting them to share their vision of the world. Since its inception more than 800 young directors from 67 countries have already participated. The Festival counts with the continuous support of the Monaco Government, and in this 4th edition six short films received awards out of 205 films presented from forty countries and produced around one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Poverty, education, equality men/women, infant mortality, mother’s health, HIV or Malaria, environment, solidarity North/South and renewable energies.
Women Prize – “Je suis a l’heure” (I am on time) by Fabien Motte and Isabelle Quintard – It is a shock film about rape and the lack of assistance to a person in danger. Because we think that somebody else will intervene, because one is not sure of the seriousness of the situation, because one is afraid of becoming in turn a victim, we say nothing and stay in our place, we lower our eyes and wait for it to pass and do nothing.The Jury President for the Women Prize was no other than HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and given to the winners by Mme Benedicte Schutz, Director of the International Cooperation.
This is a powerful and touching short film dealing with the issue of equality between man and woman, and I invite you to watch it here:
Cinema Prize – “My Father’s Truck” by Mauricio Osaki – Synopsis: This narrative short is a road film about 10-year-old Mai Vy, as she skips school one day to help her father with his truck-for-hire. In the countryside of Northern Vietnam, Mai Vy is soon confronted with some harsh realities as she learns how things really are, outside the classroom.
Grand Prix Le Temps Presse – “Stone Cars” by Reinaldo Green – Stone Cars is a coming of age love story set in the shacks of Khayelitsha township, one of the most dangerous areas in the world. April is faced with a decision that ultimately she will have to live with the rest of her life.
Fifel Prize – “300 years of fossil energy in 300 seconds” by the Post Carbon Institute –Fossil fuels are fuels formed by natural processes such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms. The age of the organisms and their resulting fossil fuels is typically millions of years, and sometimes exceeds 650 million years. This film teaches all you ever need to know about fossil fuels.First released in late 2010, this video went on to win the 2011 Youtube/DoGooder Nonprofit Video of the year Award (as of September 2014) has been viewed over 1.500.000 times online, at film festivals, and in classrooms. It’s also been translated into nearly a dozen languages.
Children’s Prize –“The Dam Keeper” by Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo – It tells the tale of a young pig encumbered with an important job, and the meeting of a new classmate who changes everything. Set in a desolate future, one small town’s survival is solely due to a large windmill dam that acts as a fan to keep out poisonous clouds. Despite bullying from classmates and an indifferent public, the dam’s operator, Pig, works tirelessly to keep the sails spinning in order to protect the town. When a new student, Fox, joins Pig’s class, everything begins to change.
The Children’s Prize was selected by a jury composed of 700 students from 8 to 12 years old, from Monaco and France plus schools partnering with the Monegasque International Cooperation in Burundi and Mali. The young directors, Dice Tsutsumi and Robert Kondo received the prize for their animated short film ‘The Dam Keeper” from the hands of HE Sophie Thevenoux.
Students Prize – “Siggil” by Rémi Mazet – This 20 min short film takes place in the popular neighborhoods of Dakar. An old man, Lamine, prepares himself for an important meeting. On the other side of the village, in a magnificent villa, someone waits for him impatiently.
The American novelist and freelance journalist Chuck Palahniuk said it perfectly: “The first step – especially for young people with energy and drive and talent, but not money – the first step to controlling your world is to control your culture. To model and demonstrate the kind of world you demand to live in. To write the books. Make the music. Shoot the films. Paint the art.”
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