Films aligned with the UN sustainable development goals
Organised for the first time in the Principality, the prize ceremony of the Festival Le Temps Presse (No Time Left) took place at the Grimaldi Forum on December 15, 2015, under the high patronage of HSH Prince Albert II and in the presence of Honorary President filmmaker Jan Kounen. The festival was founded by Marc Oberon in 2011, with the objective of recognising young directors who invest themselves in films dedicated to defend worthy causes aligned with the UN Millennium development goals of eradicating poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, as well as the dangers of climate change. The festival counts with the valuable support of prestigious members of the jury for the different film categories. Jan Kounen emphasizes that “Cinema is a reflection of the world and films, are made to transmit information. They should provoke people and inspire them into action.”
Back in 2010 the anthology film “8” produced by Jane Campion, Mira Nair, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jan Kounen, Gaspar, Noe, Gus Van Sant, Abderrhmane Sissako and Wim Wenders, was produced to create awareness of the Millenium development goals, launched by the UN in 2000. This film was at the origin of this noble initiative that later evolved into the festival Le Temps Presse (No Time Left), giving the opportunity to new talents to express themselves on the state of our planet. The trophy in the shape of a baton is the symbol of continuation of what started with film “8”. The Monegasque International Cooperation has been an unrelenting supporter of the festival since its inception, so it seemed fit to hold the prize ceremony of the 5th edition in the Principality.
At the UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 25, 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda with 17 SDGs, proving that the engagement of citizens in humanitarian causes became imperative!
The festival counts with the support of loyal partners – Together we are more!
The Festival counts with the unrelenting support of HSH Prince Albert II who gives particular importance to the pursuit of the 17 sustainable development objectives set by the UN and adopted by the 193 member states. The Principality’s Government through the International Cooperation made of the fight against poverty its priority through their involvement in health, education and socio-economic insertion. Furthermore, the FIFEL foundation created in 1991 has as a mission to create awareness among the great public about the energetic challenges facing industrialised and developing nations alike, through the organisation of their International Film Festival on Energy. As partner of Le Temps Presse, the prize for the best FIFEL short film makes part of the six prizes distributed in Monaco this year. The Suisse association E-Moovie.com based in Geneva, founded by Olivier Colombian, Melanie Berkovits and Marc Oberon, supports Le Temps Presse with the objective to reduce the filmmakers dedicate to the search of funds to make their films a reality. Plus other valuable partners like EPI Communication, the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, FightAidsMonaco, Monaco Reporter, Le Code, Monaco Info, E-Merging Lombard Odier, Tunon, Media Screen, Euronews, Babylon, Sciences Po, Ecole de la Cite, and hopefully many others that will join this noble initiative.
The six best films of 2015
1) Children’s Prize
The short film Sidiki, le charretier de Coyah (15min 2014-France/Guinea) by Pierre Antoine Carpentier, based on the problematic of access to education in Africa received the Children’s Prize from the hands of Patrice Cellario, Interior Minister of Monaco. Thanks to the close collaboration with the Monegasque International Cooperation more than 2000 school children aged from 8 to 12 years old, from all over the world including Burundi, Cameroun, France, Madagascar, Maroc, Senegal and Monaco participated in the films’ selection.
The Monegasque children were very candid when they confessed they really voted for the short film Paradise by David Rodriguez Jaramilla from Mexico, winner of the EcoFilm 2015. You may see the trailer below:
2) Students’ Prize
Clement Gonzalez received the Students Prize from Patrice Cellario for the short film As it used to be (8 min 2012-France), discussing the effects of new technologies in human interactions. In a no distant future the professors give their classes in front of an empty room through a webcam to retransmit the lesson via Internet. Since 2014 the Monaco Government entered into a partnership with the Sciences Po Paris-Campus Moyen-Orient Mediterraneein Menton, so the jury was composed of students from this campus as part of their curriculum.
3) Feifel Prize
The film Kuchidomeryou (7,30 min 20120 France/Japan) by Timothee Mathelin, received the Feifel prize. It is a short film recorded during Mathelin’s trips in Honshu, Japan, about a year after the catastrophe of Fukushima. It aims to reflect the life and the atmosphere out there: These normal/abnormal situations… and these constant heavy silences. This short film is a little contribution to support the Japanese people in this frightening situation and a message to maintain the idea that we have to think about renewable energies. How many nuclear accidents, dead or ill people will it take before admitting the danger of nuclear power?
The members of the jury were: producer Laurent Jaudon, photographer, director and writer Eric Valli and Monegasque producer Michel Merkt.
4) Women’s Prize
It went to the film Madres Libres (Free Mothers) by the duo of Viktoria Videnina and Auriane Lacince revolving on the theme of the right to abortion.
The prestigious members of the jury were: HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Isabele Giordano, Director of UniFrance Films, Hilde Haneuse Heye, President and Founder of Femmes Leaders Mondiales Monaco, and Rachida Brakni, actress and scenographer.
5) Climate Prize
Les Secret des Glaces by Loic Fontimpe, WildTouch, France (2014) -In 1956 a twenty-three-year-old student named Claude Lorius went to study Antarctica and its glaciers. He quickly became a glaciologist and returned to the continent many times. After thirty years of diligent research, the glaciers are about to reveal an unexpected message in an animation short film.
The prestigious members of the jury were: French astronaut Patrick Baudry, Jean-Loup Chretien, Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, First Suisse astronaut Claude Nicollier and first astronaut from Quebec Marc Garneau.
6) Cinema Prize
A Passo d’Uomo (2014) – by Giovanni Ali and Giovanni Fumu, Thesponkstudio, Italy, is a contemporary Italian story of a man who looses his job in a factory and is forced to live in his car, without any hope of receiving any protection from the State.
The prestigious members of the jury were: Filmmaker and producer Leila Conners, actrice Diane Kruger, director and producer Jan Kounen, Australian photography director Greig Fraser, French journalist Thierry Cheze, French actor and singer Tcheky Karyo, French Journalist Pierre Lescure and American producer and director Reinaldo Green.
A short film on education for all is in the works
Marc Oberon gave Hilde Haneuse Heye, member of the Women’s Prize jury and President of the association Femmes Leaders Mondiales Monaco (FLMM), the opportunity to have filmmaker Pauline Goasmat, present the teaser of a future short film entitled L’Histoire de Sare Bafe (The History of Sare Bafe).
The short film is currently being produced after a story written by children of a school in Dakar (Senegal) within the contest Aux Coeurs des Mots organised by FLMM. It evolves around the thematic of the right to access to education for boys and girls alike.
“Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it.” Banksy