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CANNESERIES fires the first shot

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- The first edition of the event, specifically created to compete directly with the Lille Séries Mania Festival, kicks off today on the Croisette

CANNESERIES fires the first shot
Spanish series Félix, created by Cesc Gay

War was declared the moment the French public authorities chose Lille as the host-city for a large international festival dedicated to television series in France, whereby Cannes refused to accept their decision, taking matters into its own hands. Thus far, the duel between the two has largely been fought through media announcements, but the time has now come for the two competitions to come face to face, with today’s opening of the first edition of CANNESERIES (running from 4 to 11 April), and the 9th edition of Séries Mania (the first to be held in Lille) set to run from 27 April to 5 May (see news for programme developments).

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This new Cannes-based event which has latched itself onto the MIPTV market (running from 9 to 12 April, with more than 10,000 professionals expected to attend) will open outside of the competition with the 3rd series of Versailles (produced by France and Belgium). The ten series selected for the competition (from 7 to 11 April) will be judged by a team presided over by the American writer and series creator Harlan Coben (who will be supported by German actress Paula Beer, her Turkish counterpart Melisa Sözen, French director Audrey Fouché, Canadian-Chilean score-composer Cristobal Tapia de Veer and American actor Michael Kenneth Williams). Five of the ten contenders are European, including the German series The Typist, Belgian series Undercover, Spanish series Félix (created by Cesc Gay), Italian series Cacciatore - The Hunter and Norwegian series State of Happiness. Other series come from South Korea, the US, Israel (two series) and Mexico (a series co-created with Gael Garcia Bernal).

Also worth mentioning outside of the competition are the American-Canadian production La Vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert (The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair) by Frenchman Jean-Jacques Annaud and, closing the festival, the British series Safe (created by Harlan Coben).

This first edition of CANNESERIES, sponsored by Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen), will also host a competition for shorter formats, as well as a number of masterclasses led by the British actress Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey, Godless), the American actor Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Safe) and two members of the “award jury”: Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) and Harlan Coben. Without forgetting, of course, In Development, the Cannes Drama Creative Forum which will take place on 10 and 11 April and for which 8 projects in development have been selected (including GR5 from Belgium, Les misérables from France, Strange Fishing Sundays from Spain, The Machinery from Sweden, and The Sources of Evil from Germany), as well as  four early stage projects (including British works Class A and Selfies, and Icelandic work Violator), all of which will be pitched to a number of special-guest professionals. 

Official Competition:

Aquí en la tierra (Mexico)
Creators: Gael García Bernal, Kyzza Terrazas, Jorge Dorantes
Directors: Gael García Bernal, Everardo Gout, Mariana Chenillo, Alonso Ruizpalacios, Adrian Grunberg
Production: Fox Networks Group Latin America, La Corriente del Golfo
Broadcasting: Fox Networks Group Latin America, Fox Premium App & Tv
Sales: Fox Networks Group

Cacciatore - The Hunter (Italy)
Creators: Marcello Izzo, Silvia Ebreul, Alfonso Sabella
Directors: Stefano Lodovichi, Davide Marengo
Production: Cross Productions, Beta Film, Rai Fiction
Broadcasting: Rai 2
Sales: Beta Film

Félix (Spain)
Creator and Director: Cesc Gay
Production and Broadcasting: Movistar+
Sales: ITV Global Entertainment

Killing Eve (USA)
Creator: Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Director: Harry Bradbeer
Production: Sid Gentle Films
Broadcasting: BBC America
Sales: Endeavour Content

Miguel (Israel)
Creators: Tom Salama, Daphna Levin
Director: Daphna Levin
Production and Sales: Movie Plus Productions
Broadcasting: Hot

Mother (South Korea)
Creator: Park Jee-young
Director: Kim cheol-gyoo
Production and Sales: Studio Dragon Corporation
Broadcasting: tvN

State of Happiness (Lykkeland) (Norway)
Screenplay: Mette Marit Bølstad based on an idea by Siv Rajendram Eliassen and Synnøve Hørsdal
Directors: Peter Næss, Pål Jackman
Production: Maipo Film, Lunanime
Broadcasting: NRK1
Sales: DR Sales 

The Typist (Die Protokollantin) (Germany)
Screenplay: Nina Grosse
Directors: Nina Grosse, Samira Radsi
Production: Moovie
Broadcasting: ZDF
Sales: Beta Film

Undercover (Belgium)
Creator: Nico Moolenaar
Directors: Eshref Reybrouck, Frank Devos
Production: DeMensen
Broadcasting: VRT (Eén)
Sales: Federation Entertainment

When Heroes Fly (Israel)
Creator and Director: Omri Givon
Production: Spiro Films
Broadcasting: Keshet Broadcasting
Sales: Keshet International

Out of Competition:

Versailles, Series 3 (France)
Creators: Simon Mirren, David Wolstencroft
Directors: Richard Clark, Edward Balzaguette, Pieter Van Hees
Production: Capa Drama, Banijay Studios France, Entre Chien et Loup
Broadcasting: Canal+ France
Sales: Newen

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (US/Canada)
Screenplay: Lynnie Greene, Richard Levine based on the novel by Joël Dicker
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Production: MGM Television, Eagle Pictures, Barbary Films
Broadcasting: Epix (US), TF1 (France)
Sales: MGM Television

Safe (UK)
Creator: Harlan Coben
Production: Canal+, Red, StudioCanal
Broadcasting: Netflix (Worldwide excluding France), C8 (France)
Sales: StudioCanal

(Translated from French)

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