Canada-France Series Lab is a joint venture between Series Mania Forum, Telefilm Canada, CNC, and BANFF World Media Festival. The main goal of the Canada-France Series Lab is to encourage and facilitate the development of new relationships between Canadian and French producers and ultimately create new co-production opportunities, while at the same time fostering the development of projects with strong international potential in a competitive environment.
Partners of this new Series Lab include the Embassy of Canada in France, the French Embassy in Canada and the Canada Media Fund and will be supported by producers’ associations and industry partners from each country.
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The Canada-France Series Lab is a year-long initiative starting at Series Mania Forum 2023 and ending at the 2024 event.
April 11-21, 2023: call opens for phase 2 & 3
Week of May 15, 2023: selections announcement
June 11-14, 2023: BANFF World Media Festival
Septembre 2023 – March 2024: online workshops and tailor-made one-on-one sessions with experts
March 19-21, 2024: pitch session at Series Mania Forum 2024
Phase 1 of the Series Lab took place during Series Mania Forum 2023 during which ten Canadian producers and ten French producers took part in two days of matchmaking sessions and talks with industry experts to get to know each other and try to find their co-production partner.
Selected production companies and producers
- EFFERVESCENCE FICTION
Tatiana Maksimenko, producer
Olivier Rohde, Producer
Nicolas Cambier, creator / director
Samuel Kaminka – Producer
Stéphane Kaminka – Producer
- L’Etoile Noire Production
Marc Andreani, Producer
Viven Desouches, Art director
- KOMETA FILMS
Edyta Janczak-Hiriart – producer
Hugo Brisbois – Producer and co-fondator
Caroline Houben – Producer
- Script Line
Gini Lorin – Producer
- Subobscura Films
Georg Tiller – Author, director, producer
Maéva Ranaïvojaona – Author, director, Producer
- Wildcats Productions
Odile McDonald – Producer
- Adani Pictures Inc
Rua Wani – Producer
- Avenida et Ça Tourne Productions
Chantal Lafleur, Producer
Renée Blanchar, Producer and scriptwriter
- Brightlight Pictures
Emily Alden – Producer
- Cedar Island Films
Andrew Williamson – Co-President
- Encore Télévision
François Rozon – Producer
Dominique Simard – Producer
- Hemmings Films
Steven Suntres – Producer
- Hop To It Productions
Susan Nation, Ted Nation and Paul Melville
- Nish Media
Jason Brennan – President
- Productions du milieu
René Savoie – Producer
- Screen Siren Pictures
Josh Epstein – Producer and co-creator
PHASE 2 & 3 (coming soon)
Up to five pairs of French and Canadian co-producers who are developing an audiovisual series together and wish to be supported in its creative and financing structuring and presentation to the global market will be selected by a jury of experts presided by Emmanuelle Guilbart (Joint CEO & founder, About Premium Content).
On the agenda for phase 2 & 3: work sessions in the inspiring setting of the Rockies during the Banff World Media Festival (June 11-14, 2023), online workshops and individual consultations (September 2023 – March 2024) and pitch sessions and meetings with decision-makers at the Series Mania Forum (March 19-21, 2024).
CALL FOR ENTRIES
This call for entries pertains to phases 2 & 3 of the Canada-France Series Lab only. Any project submitted must be entered jointly by an eligible Canadian and French production and must meet all the eligibility criteria listed in the rules and regulations. Check the complete guidelines here:
The jury is composed of:
President: Emmanuelle Guilbart, Joint Ceo & Founder, About Premium Content (FR)
Sydney Gallonde, CEO & Executive Producer, Make It Happen Studio (FR)
Christina Jennings, President & Chairman, Shaftesbury (CA)
Christine de Bourbon Busset, Producer, Lincoln TV (FR)
Daniela Mujica, Executive Producer, Author, Productions Ocho (CA)
Call for entries for phase 2 will open on April 11, 4 pm (CET). The deadline for entries is Friday, April 21, 2023 at midnight (CET).
Call for projects is now closed.
If you have any questions regarding the programme, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that this page will be updated on a regular basis.