Aussie titles to screen at returning Series Mania

Aussie titles have always been popular at French TV Festival, ABC & SBS shows feature in 2021.

French TV festival Series Mania will return in 2021, after pivoting to a digital presentation in 2020.

Laurence Herszberg, founder and general director, unveiled details for the upcoming festival set for August 26-September 2 in Lille, France.

The industry held Series Mania Forum is also taking place August 30-September 1.  70 shows are going to be shown at the event from all over the world from Colombia to Taiwan, from Serbia to Japan. More than 450 shows were received for evaluation.

Australian shows have always secured maximal exposition at Series Mania and this year managed to stand out again.

This year, The Unusual Suspects from SBS and Wakefield from ABC are part of the Panorama competitive section while Fisk, also from ABC, will be shown in the Comedy section. In the web series competitive section, Iggy and Ace, an upcoming short-form drama series for SBS, will have its World Premiere.

“The diverse Australian line-up showcased this year at Series Mania is once again proof of the extraordinary creativity of the local writers, producers, commissioners and series makers. All the shows lining up this year are unique, original and on par with the best the world of fiction has to offer today,” says Francois-Pier Pelinard-Lambert, Series Mania International artistic advisor.

In the Series Mania Exclusive section, a unique section of the Festival where industry have priority access to new formats, two other Australian shows will be announced shortly.

ACMI in Melbourne and the Series Mania team in France are also working together on an upcoming edition of Series Mania Melbourne, first held in 2017.

The International competition jury will be chaired by screenwriter, director and producer Hagai Levi (BeTipul, The Affair, Our Boys) who will award the Grand prize for best series, as well as the prizes for best actress and best actor.

Guests of honour will include Fanny Herrero, Delphine Horvilleur, Tania De Montaigne, Clyde Philipps, Édouard Philippe, Olivier Marchal, Vince Gilligan, and Damon Lindelof.

The opening series will be the international premiere of Vigil from BBC One (UK – 2021) with Suranne Jones, Rose Leslie, Gary Lewis, Paterson Joseph.

New season premieres include Money Heist, Criminal Games: The 70’s, Mytho and Les Engagés: XAOC.

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