Monaco supports inspiring short-film festival Le Temps Presse that unveiled award winners in Paris

Prize ceremony attended by film, TV & sports personalities

The 7th edition of the short film Festival “Le Temps Presse” (No Time Left), on the Sustainable Development Goals, unveiled its award winners on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Town Hall in Paris, France.

The tagline of the festival’s website summarizes its mission very well: “A short film festival that inspires for a better future.” (Photo insert: Le Temps Presse trophy allegorically representing the passing of the baton.)

Among the distinguished personalities present at the prize ceremony were: French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, astronaut Claude Nicollier, Audrey Pulvar, journalist and president of the Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme (ex foundation Nicolas Hulot), artist Bianca Li, Gerard Feldzer columnist for France Info, Christophe Sommet, Managing Director of Ushuaia TV, Ryad Sallem, athlete and quintuple participant in the Paralympic Games, Laurence Fisher, karate world champion and founder of Fight for Dignity, and Vanessa Boslak, world vice-champion of indoor pole jumping.

The Monaco Government, who is a loyal supporter of the festival since its inception, is particularly invested in two of the awards that create awareness among young people on the world’s major issues: Children’s Prize and the Students’ Prize. Additionally, H.S.H. Princess Stephanie has been part of the Festival’s Jury for the Gender Equality Prize, and the Prince Albert II Foundation is a member of the Jury for the Rivers and Oceans prize.

Festival committed to defending worthy causes

The Festival Le Temps Presse, was founded by Marc Oberon in 2011, with the objective of recognizing 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 is supported by prestigious members of the jury for the different film categories. 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 Festival counts with the support of loyal partners, and the unrelenting commitment of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, 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.

The Festival’s two main objectives are:

  • To make young talented directors known, young directors that get involved in a responsible cinema.
  • To alert people, and especially young people, to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Short films deliver powerful messages

There were 50 films in competition within 10 categories:

This year, the Children’s Prize gathered the votes of 3,000 school students in Monaco, France and countries where the Monegasque Cooperation operates. The three and a half minute long animated film “The Present”  by Jacob Frey, on the theme of handicap, created excitement among the young public. The manner in which Jacob Frey has depicted the formation of the relationship between the puppy and the boy touches you. There’s something new that is revealed with every scene. The transition of this relationship between the boy and the puppy is the best part of the film.

The trophy was presented by Isabelle Rosabrunetto, General Director of the Department of External Affairs and Cooperation of Monaco, in the presence of several members of the jury, including two students of College Charles III of the Principality.

Synopsis of The Present – Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mom decides to give him a present. You will be surprised and moved at every turn.

The Student’s Prize, created by the International Cooperation, went to the short-film “Kapitalistis” by Pablo Munoz-Gomez that deals with humor the nonsense of our consumerist society. The jury for that prize was composed of students from Sciences Po Paris, Menton campus (partner of the Principality’s Government) and other French higher education institutions.

Synopsis of Kapitalistis – When a man discovers his son is being mocked at school for his unstylish backpack, he takes it upon himself to buy him a new one. But what starts out as an well-intentioned plot for extra cash gradually reveals the illusory nature of social mobility.

Finally, the Gender Equality Prize, that counts with H.S.H. Princess Stephanie as member of the jury for many years, was awarded to director Viktor Miletic for his film “Bouge pas!” (Don’t move!), dealing with harassment.

Synopsis “Bouge pas!” – Paris. After a night of fun, Julia, who is around thirty, takes the underground, in order to go home quietly. But during the few minutes of her trip, she has two absolutely unexpected encounters, one violent and the other hilarious. A journey which will move her deeply.

Additionally, the Prince Albert II Foundation also participated in the Festival as member of the Jury for the Rivers and Oceans Prize.

Emmanuelle Seigner to preside Festival’s 8th edition

During the prize ceremony, the two co-Presidents 2017, Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, and Wim Wenders, filmmaker, passed the baton to famous French actress Emmanuelle Seigner, who was elected President of the next edition of the Festival. (Photo: Emmanuelle Seigner, @LeTemps Presse/Kampucheaphoto)

Today’s Quote

“I think that short films often contain an originality, a creative freedom, an energy and an invention that is inspiring and entertaining. I think they are, as Shakespeare put it, a good deed in a naughty world.” Kenneth Branagh

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