The cancellation of cultural events will not overwhelm him: the Canneseries Festival starts its third edition on the Croisette on Friday with the screening of the series “La Flamme”, a hilarious parody of reality TV by Jonathan Cohen.
In order to be able to offer this series festival from October 9th to 14th, while health regulations are tightened everywhere in France, the team has taken drastic measures: limited capacity in the rooms (1,000 places instead of 2,300), disinfection of places several times a day and before especially decontamination lock at the festival entrances. “It is safer to come to Canneseries than to go shopping in the supermarket on the corner,” assures David Lisnard, Cannes’ mayor, who is suffering from the disaster in the events industry. “We all have to face each other physically, it feels good after months of imprisonment,” said Paul Zilk, the head of Reed Midem, organizer of several shows including the MipCom audiovisual market, which won’t be taking place on the Croisette this year. As proof of the special context, Canneseries opened its program to competing festivals that could not take place as usual this year with screenings called Série Series, La Rochelle and Séries Mania.
“Canneseries will be the only face-to-face series festival this year. We therefore have a special responsibility, ”says Fleur Pellerin, former Minister of Culture and President of the festival. While the previous edition of this free festival welcomed 25,000 people and 400 professional guests, this year the attendance should be lower as many international participants cannot make the trip. To overcome this, the team set up Canneseries Live, a platform on which virtual festival-goers can access series and meetings. To decide between the series in the competition, a 100% French jury was composed of personalities and debates “in the flesh”. There the actresses Laëtitia Eïdo (“Fauda”), Roxane Mesquida (“Now Apocalypse”) and Caroline Proust (“Engrenages”) sit, the actor Grégory Fitoussi (“La Garçonne”), the composer Randy Kerber (“The Eddy”) ) and the director Jean-Pascal Zadi (“Simply black”). In the selection, the festival was able to keep 6 of the 10 series it had selected for its edition originally planned for April, including a majority of the Scandinavians. In particular, the public will discover the Norwegian “Atlantic Crossing”, a historical series halfway between “Downtown Abbey” and “The Crown” that looks back on the journey of Princess Martha (played by Sofia Helin) during the escape into the USA fled World War II thanks to his friendship with President Franklin Roosevelt (played by Kyle MacLachlan). The Swedish “Top Dog” and “Partisan”, the Finnish “Man in room 301”, the Russian comedy “257 Reasons to Live”, the Israeli, “Losing Alice”, the Dutch “Red Light”, the British comedy “Truth Seekers “and the French” Moloch “and” Cheyenne et Lola “complete the selection. Ten short series are also in competition. The festival awards around ten prizes, including a public prize, which must be voted on on the mycanalen website, and a student prize. Outside the competition, festival goers will premier the first episodes of the fourth season of “Ten Percent” at the end of “#Freerayshawn”, an American series anticipating the Black Lives Matter movement, or “UFO,” an “X” -Files “in a comic book style created for Canal +. The encrypted channel, partner of the festival since the first edition, will be relocating its Le Cercle series program to Cannes for the opening on October 9, with Jonathan Cohen as Guest.
For professionals, the festival offers a residence for young scriptwriters and a “Writers Club” for advanced students. The team has already made an appointment for season 4 from April 9-14, 2021. (Belga / Belga)