SDG &IDE Goals Statement
What are the SDGs?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are:
No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good health and well-being, Quality education, Gender equality, Clean water and sanitation, Clean and affordable energy, Decent work and economic growth, Industry, innovation and infrastructure, Reducing inequality, Sustainable cities and communities, Responsible consumption and production, Climate action, Life underwater, Life on Land, Peace, justice and strong institutions, Partnerships for the Goals.
Each goal has specific targets and indicators to measure progress toward the goal.
Since we first began our activities in 2007, we have decided to promote the importance of biodiversity. This particularity is inscribed in our statutes filed on September 21, 2007 in the Journal Officiel. Link here
Today, thanks to the United Nations Agenda, it is important for us to better respond to its objectives and to reflect on how we can contribute to their realisation. Moreover, as a film festival, we can easily contribute to raising awareness of the SDGs and provide an important platform to promote sustainable development and encourage social and environmental change in the film industry.
We continue to strengthen our actions in the current targeted SDGs.
Our Global SGD objectives and impacts.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Reduce inequality within and among countries. Build knowledge and capacity to meet climate change
How do we achieve that ?
We have identified new SDGs targets: those relevant to the themes of the festival and the films that will be screened. We have set new, clear and measurable goals:
We will reduce carbon emissions, promote sustainable production practices or raise awareness of specific issues. We will measure and share our impact on each goal. We have already started by changing web hosting to Green CloudFlare!
We have been integrating the SDGs into the operation of the festival for several years, and we know we can do better.
Therefore, we are integrating new practices into the operation of the festival by using sustainable practices such as recycling and promoting the use of environmentally friendly materials. We will continue to use the festival as an educational tool to raise awareness of the SDGs and the issues they address. This will include hosting panel discussions, producing educational materials and partnering with organisations working to achieve the SDGs.
We will regularly evaluate the progress of our SDGs strategy, and adjust it as necessary to ensure it is meeting its objectives. This will include monitoring the impact of the Festival, as well as the progress of the SDGs we are targeting.
We will communicate our SDGs strategy to our audiences and stakeholders, including sponsors, partners and collaborators.
We will integrate the SDGs into the selection process of films to be screened at the festival. This may include prioritising films that address specific SDGs, or are produced using sustainable practices. Promote sustainable travel for participants and staff: Encourage sustainable travel for participants and staff by promoting carpooling, public transport, and providing information on green accommodation.
From this year we will also offset our carbon emissions from the festival by purchasing carbon credits and investing in environnemental actions. We will communicate about the projects we support and therefore the aims and importance of its environmental actions in the fight against global warming.
INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND EQUITY GOALS
Inclusion, diversity and equity are important considerations for the festival. Indeed, the festival was founded by two women, and Benedicte, the festival director, herself dyslexic, understood early on the importance of including different voices as a creative force. We are working toward Equity to ensures that everyone has access to the same resources, opportunities and support. Equity aims to identify and remove barriers that prevent the full participation of all.
We can still do better for equity and inclusion. Here are some actions we want to strengthen to promote these values in our festival:
Continue to offer an educational space during our Kaleidoscope programme, where children from different social backgrounds come together around the values of the festival. In addition to our educational goals, we aim to deconstruct stereotypes by providing a common space for children and teachers participating in the programmes.
Our selection of filmmakers is 50/50 male-female. Our jury is predominantly female. Each year we offer a place to a young person under 30 to present the Youth Award, both to highlight their work and to help them meet more professionals. The result is the creation of professional opportunities for young men and women.
We make it easier to register for the festival by offering discounts to students. We are currently considering how to expand to audiences that have difficulty accessing resources and funding, especially in developing countries.
Since 2011, we have offered mentoring hours to young women who want to enter the artistic community through our mentoring programme. We are developing this programme on a larger scale thanks to the digital tools provided by our partners. The results of these programmes for the young people are: return to employment, improvement of technical and social skills, creation of their own businesses and return to school.
We would like to explore the possibilities of facilitating access to funding for under-represented groups in the film industry. What actions can we take and with whom? A series of panels should be organised with several partners.
Achieving our goals is a joint effort that we strive to make together with our stakeholders every day. All our actions and objectives are only possible with the support of our partners. We share common values and work towards common goals for a more equitable and sustainable world.