Eureka Series is an intensive 14-week, full-time training course for writers and producers of television drama series from all over Europe.  Delivered in partnership with La Fémis, it is an initiative created by the new Series Mania Institute to train professionals in the rapidly changing TV series industry.

Eureka Series will bring together 12 participants (6 writers and 6 producers) of various European nationalities. The programme is aimed at emerging TV series professionals, including, but not limited to, alumni of European film and television schools. They will benefit from the support of international teachers and professionals, thanks to our partnerships with schools such as ECAM (Spain), the Lodz Film School (Poland), ifs internationale filmschule koeln (Germany), Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Italy) and Westerdals – Kristiana University College (Norway).

Participants will receive lectures, workshops and masterclasses, and work on their own original projects. The course culminates in a two-week residency, at the end of which projects will be pitched to a jury of broadcasters, including France Télévisions, RAI (Italy) and ZDF (Germany), who collectively form The Alliance.

Objectives

  • Create a European creative network to encourage the sharing of knowledge and creative ideas across borders
  • Remove barriers between TV professionals, uniting writers, directors, producers and broadcasters around a common work culture, in order to improve the flow of the creative process and respond to an increase in production volume
  • Open up the industry to more diverse profiles, allowing more representation in the stories that are told and in who is telling them.

Method

  • Masterclasses with creators, showrunners, scriptwriters, directors, and producers of TV series from Europe and beyond
  • Case studies of European series in the company of their creators
  • Theoretical and practical courses on the structure, financing and production of European series
  • Group work on future co-production projects

Calendar

  • 22 March 2021: applications open
  • 14 May 2021: applications deadline
  • 25 May 2021: results of pre-selected applicants
  • 2, 3, & 4 June 2021: interviews
  • 7 June 2021: final results
  • 30 August – 1 September 2021: optional attendance at Series Mania Forum
  • 6 September – 10 December 2021: course dates

Location: Lille, France
Language: English
Number of participants: 12 (6 writers & 6 producers)
Tuition fees: 3,500€
NB This does not include accommodation and travel costs.

Eligibility

Candidates must be citizens of one of the following countries: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine or the United Kingdom.

Candidates must have at least one credit (in writing or producing) either on a broadcast television series or an online drama or a short film or a feature film. This credit may either be professional or gained during or after training. Writer candidates may submit a sample script that has not necessarily been produced or broadcast.

Application forms

Two online application forms depending on whether you’re applying as a writer or a producer:

Selection process

Pre-selected applicants will be informed via email on 25 May 2021. The list of pre-selected participants will also be published on Series Mania Institute’s website.

All pre-applicants must introduce themselves via short videos (4 min maximum) and post them on Eureka Series’ official, private online community. The online community will be open from 25 May to 1 June 3 2021, so all pre-selected applicants can post their presentation videos and watch videos posted by other pre-selected applicants.

Pre-selected applicants will have a 30-minute online video interview with the Eureka Series selection committee on either 2, 3 or 4 June 2021.

The final results will be sent to the 12 selected participants on 7 June 2021 and published both on the Series Mania website and the online community.

For further information, please read the Rules and Regulations and email smi@seriesmania.com with any questions.

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