The Co-Pro pitching Sessions – the founding premise and most anticipated event of the Series Mania Forum, will highlight 15 series seeking international funding. The best project will be awarded a 50,000€ prize to help develop the series, as determined by a professional jury of leading industry executives.

The Forum has been the launchpad for the release of such series as Off Season (France, Switzerland), Blackport (Iceland), The Last Socialist Aterfact (Slovenia, Finland), We Got This (Sweden), Ever After (Italy), No Man’s Land (France), Freud (Germany) and The Head (Spain).

For this 2023 edition, 15 projects have been selected amongst 450 series submitted, from 66 different countries

Call for projects 2024 will open on October 2, 2023.

the 2023 jury

  • Jury president: Caroline Hollick (United Kingdom), Head of Drama, Channel 4
  • Michele Zatta (Italy), Commissioning Editor, RAI
  • Françoise Guyonnet (France), Executive Managing Director Tv Series, StudioCanal
  • Jarmo Lampela  (Finland), Head of Drama, YLE – Finnish Broadcasting Company
  • Lindsey Martin (United Kingdom), VP, Development & Co-Productions, CBS Studios International

The selected projects

ASMA – 8 x 52’ – France
Genre : Biopic
Produced by Patricia Boutinard Rouelle for Nilaya Productions
Written by Antoine Vitkine

COOPER – 8 x 45’ – Australia, South Africa
Genre : Crime drama
Produced by Kylie du Fresne for Goalpost Pictures and Nimrod Geva for Quizzical Pictures
Written by James McNamara, Amy Jephta and Malla Nunn, based on Malla Nunn Books

DUST AND COAL – 8 x 52’ – Israël, France
Genre : Psychological thriller
Produced by Ronen Ben Tal for Bental Productions Ltd and Morgane Le Moine for First Love
Written by Ronen Ben Tal, Ron Ninio, Ofer Seker and Eleanor Sela

EXECUTIONERS – 6 x 60’ – Spain
Genre : Coming of age, Thriller
Produced by Alberto Rull for Vertice 360
Written by Pedro Garcia Rios and Rodrigo Martin

FORT APACHE – 8 x 50’ – Italy
Genre: Action, Crime
Produced by Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib, Daniel Campos Pavoncelli for Indiana Production Company
Executive Producer: Kim Gualino
Written by Ivano Fachin, Giovanni Galassi and Tommaso Matano

HIJACKING PARADISE – 6 x 52’ – Belgium
Genre : Geopolitical hostage thriller
Produced by Dimitri Verbeeck for Caviar
Created by Stijn Deconinck
Written by Stijn Deconinck & Nathalie Teirlinck

YOP – 8 x 45’ – Sweden
Genre: Drama
Produced by Moa Westeson, Cindy Hanson and Anni Faurbye Fernandez for Nevis Productions
Written by David Jassy

LETTERS TO LEONARD – 5 x 50’ – Greece
Genre : Drama, LGBTQIA+
Produced by George Linardakis for Stefi Productions
Written by Fotis Dousos and John Samaras on an idea of Pierros Andrakakos

MONITOR – 6 x 60’ – Germany
Genre : High-Tech Thriller
Produced by Fabian Massah & Marc Malze for Endorphine Production
Created by Nikolai Müllerschön

OUR FATHER – 8 x 55’ – Ireland, Canada
Genre : Comedy
Produced by Aaron Farrell for ShinAwiL and Dominic Scheiber for Reel One Entertainment
Written by John Cairns and Michael McCartney

THE BRONTE GIRLS – 6 x 60’ – United Kingdom
Genre : Historical, Coming of age
Developed by Parsonage Productions Ltd. with ZDF Studios
Written by Caroline Kelly Franklin

THE SALVATOR MUNDI CASE – 6 x 52’ – France
Genre : Thriller
Produced by Florent Gellie for Incognita and Nathanaël La Combe for Wonder Films
Written by Angela Soupe and Antoine Vitkine

THE UNQUIET DEAD – 6 x 60’ – Canada
Genre : Serialized Crime drama
Produced by Shaftesbury
Written by Abdul Malik, based on the book series created by Ausma Zehanat Khan

UNSPOKEN – 6 x 30’ – Ukraine, Poland
Genre: War thriller
Produced by Anna Rozalska, Dmytro Sukhanov and Natalia Liber for Match&Spark (Poland), Toy Cinema (Ukraine) and 2Brave Productions (Ukraine).
Written by Zhanna Ozirna and Filip Syczyński

VANISHED – 6 x 45’ – Germany, Iceland
Genre : Crime, Historical
Written by Mikael Torfason
Produced by Britta Hansen and Franziska Lindner for RED PONY PICTURES and
Ragnheidur Erlingsdottir for Zik Zak Filmworks
Exec. Producers: Sven Sund (RPP), Thor S. Sigurjónsson (ZZ) and Wolfgang Feindt (ZDF)

The 16th project selected – out of competition – in partnership with the Berlinale Co-production Market is:

TIPPING POINT – 6 x 50’ – Finland, Norway
Genre : Eco spy thriller
Produced by Markku Flink, Johanna Enäsuo for ReelMedia Oy and Synnøve Hørsdal for Maipo AS.
Concept by Markku Flink and Brendan Foley
Written by Brendan Foley

From pitch to screen
No Man’s Land, The Head, Hierro, Freud… overview of high-end European series born at Series Mania Forum