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Monegasque students become ‘juries’ for short films

4 February 2019 - 15h55

The award ceremony of the ‘Le Temps Presse’ short film festival took place on Friday February 1st in Paris. In front of a jury composed of students from the Fontvieille school and Sciences Po Menton, for the presentation of the Children’s Prize and the Students’ Prize.

As the 1st international festival of Engaged and Citizen Cinema, ‘Le Temps Presse’, celebrates every year the objectives of sustainable development. Since 2011, the government has been supporting this festival and, for this 8th edition, more than 2,000 votes of schoolchildren in Monaco, France and countries where the Monegasque Cooperation is active have been counted.

By bringing together audiences on themes that concern children, young people and adults, the festival is part of an intergenerational approach based on cinema. With the screening of five feature films out of competition, 39 short films in competition and eight discussion tables, animated and composed of well-known figures and specialists in civic and environmental issues.

Winner of the Children’s Prize, Sébastien Maitre’s film ‘Debout Kinshasa!’ (Get up Kinshasa!) recounts with great humour the adventures of the ten-year-old Samuel, who discovers in the Congolese capital “the kingdom of resourcefulness and deception” to succeed in reintegrating into his school from which he was excluded because of his poorly polished shoes.

The Student Prize was awarded to the animated film ‘Vermine by director Jérémie Becquer, a poignant tale of a failed poet confronted with the harshness of a society that favours mice.

Under the chairmanship of French actress Juliette Binoche, the other members of the jury also awarded 7 other prizes, including the Biodiversity Prize and the Gender Equality Prize.

Daniela Guerra

®Susy Lagrange – Le temps presse

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