FReDD Festival

Film, Recherche et Développement Durable (Toulouse, FRANCE)


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The FReDD Festival – Film, Recherche et Développement Durable (Film, Research and Sustainable Development) offers a meeting of audio-visual world, university research and sustainable development. Initially happening during the European Week for Sustainable Development, the dates set and the Festival now always happen in the beginning of April and Spring during 6 to 10 days.

FReDD Festival was created in 2011 by a group of university academics and has now expanded to become a larger event welcoming all publics: children and teenagers, students, citizens, activists, scientists, artists, curious people, deaf people, etc. Our core values are scientific culture, education and raising awareness, developing accessibility, being eco-responsible to be coherent with the theme and organize eco-friendly events, create moments of debate and thought-provoking conferences as well as festive events to show we can fight against climate change while discovering a plurality of artistic expressions (photo, theatre, music, and cinema of course).

Our goal is to highlight the value of ecological and energetic transition as well as to encourage local initiatives that go in this sense. Our aim is also to democratize sustainable development issues gathering all those who wants to be part of the debate, using audio-visual and digital supports as tools for collective reflection.

Since 2011, every year is dedicated to a special theme. The themes have been water, energy, producing and consuming in an eco-responsible manner, the land, and the 2017 theme was Seas and Oceans.

During the Festival, the audience can discover full-length movies (mainly documentaries) and short films as well as web documentaries in competition. The Jury for the award of the best full-length film is international and professional. The Jury for the best short film is composed of various high schools students, who also create the trophies with waste material. The best web doc receives the Public award. Apart from the competition, which is available in free screenings, special evenings and screenings are also programmed to focus on a country or a special theme such as the Tunisian or the Spanish nights. Finally, there are also workshops, concerts, conferences, fairs, exhibitions, etc.