The origin of the festival is the movie « 8 », produced by M. Obéron, which consists of eight short films made by 8 internationally known filmmakers : Wim Wenders, Jane Campion, Gus Van Sant, Gael Garcia Bernal, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mira Nair, Gaspar Noé and Jan Kounen.
Each movie is about one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The campaign about the MDGs was brought in September 2000 by Kofi Annan in the United Nations ; the 191 governments which the UN is composed of committed themselves to reduce by half poverty in the world by 2015.
The 8 MDGs have progressed into 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since 2015.
After the film was released on February 5th 2010 on Youtube with 2.5 million views, Marc Oberon decided to create Le Temps Presse festival and asked the 8 directors of « 8 » to handover the baton and become jurys. The concept is to ask the public: « And you, how do you see the world today? ».
Thus, there are two main objectives regarding this project:
- To make young talented directors known, young directors that get involved in a responsible cinema
- To alert people, and especially young people, to the SDGs
Le Temps Presse has been a socially and politically committed festival since 2011. It has welcomed more than 1300 young film makers from 40 different countries over six years.
More than ever we want to highlight this talented youth by broadcasting their vision of the world.
Since 2015, this festival deals with the Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 Goals have been adopted by UN states members to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”.
For more information: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/