Canada-France Series Lab Pitch

Sourcing Stories & Talents

Launched in 2022, the Canada-France Series Lab is a joint venture between Series Mania Forum, Telefilm Canada, and the CNC. Its main goal is to encourage the coproduction of fiction series between Canadian and French producers, while at the same time fostering their international potential in a competitive environment. For almost a year, the producers selected in pairs have taken part in professional workshops and mentoring sessions with experts to guide them through the co-development of their series and prepare its positioning to the international markets.

Selected projetcs:

Genre: Crime, inspired by real events   
Format: 6 x 60 min 
Series created by: Michelle Allen and Katherine Dupont
Produced by: Tatiana Maksimenko for Effervescence Production and Marie- Hélène Lebeau-Taschereau and Louis-Philippe Drolet for KOTV
BRAVE tells the story of Emily, a 26-year old, wild and free-spirited Canadian woman. During a trip to Paris, she accuses four high-ranking French police officers of gang rape. Throughout the legal battle, Emily’s mental health is weaponized to destroy her credibility. Her whole life is shattered. In this contemporary psychological thriller, based on a true crime story, what will be Emily’s biggest combat : the one against the elite unit or the one to take control of her life ?

Genre : Drama, mystery
Format: 6 x 52 min
Series written and created by: Renée Blanchar & Annie-Claude Thériault
Produced by: Chantal Lafleur for Avenida, Renée Blanchar for Ça Tourne and Edyta Janczak- Hiriart for Kometa Films
A biologist lands on a small island in eastern Canada, where her recently deceased mother was born. Upsetting the islanders, she discovers secrets from her female lineage. Seeking to end a cycle of inherited violence, she tries to reconnect with her daughter, who lives in France with her father.

Genre: Drama
Format: 6 x 52 min
Series created by: Grégoire Bénabent & Denoal Rouaud
Produced by Jason Brennan for Nish Media and Hugo Brisbois for Oble
Québec City, 1651. Pierre-Esprit, a 13-year-old orphan, lands in New France, a fragile French colony besieged by the hostile Iroquois. After being captured, he is assimilated and becomes the first white man to live among the native people. Years later, during a prisoner exchange, Pierre-Esprit is forced back to the French settlement. But the orphan from Trois-Rivières has become an Iroquois warrior. Can one belong to two people at war, two worlds apart?

Genre : Inspired by real events 
Format: 7 x 60 min
Series created by: Stéphane Miquel and Vivien Desouches
Produced by: Marc Andreani and Vivien Desouches for L’Étoile Noire Production and Valérie d’Auteuil for Caramel Films
In the mid-1990s, in Quebec, France, and Switzerland, an immersion into the bloody drift of the Order of the Solar Temple through the high-risk investigation conducted jointly by a French infiltrator, Jean-Marc Larrieux, and a Quebecois criminologist, Vanessa Villeneuve.



Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival
Banff World Media Festival - Canada
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