European & Canadian Projects Among SeriesLab 2017 Lineup


PARIS: The Series Mania Co-Production Forum and the TorinoFilmLab have revealed the nine projects selected for the 2017 SeriesLab program, which provides assistance to creatives seeking to write TV series.

The nine projects were chosen from more than 100 submissions. The projects selected for the SeriesLab program are It’s Me by Sarah Denoo and Sebastiaan Adriaensen (Belgium); Sweet Blood by Elza Kephart and Patricia Gomez Zlatar (Canada); Olympics by Sandrine Joly (France); Back in the Day by Guido Silei (Italy); The Beehive by Domante Urmonaite (Lithuania); Augustus by Marco van Geffen and Fleur Winters (the Netherlands); Tracks by Tone Andersen and Mamdooh Afdile (Norway); Carpathian Beast by Mira Fornay (Slovakia); and Trauma by Marcin Kubawski, Milosz Sakowski and Maciej Kubcicki (Poland). The projects span a range of genres, from science fiction to political drama and fantasy to thriller.

The writers of the nine shortlisted projects will have the opportunity to compose their series at three successive workshops in Spain, Italy and France from January to April 2017. The writers will be mentored by screenwriters Vincent Poymiro (Ainsi soient-ils), Stefano Sardo (1992) and Anita Voorham (consultant from the Dutch Film Fund), who will act as tutors in partnership with Israeli producer Eilon Ratzkovsky and TorinoFilmLab story editor Gino Ventriglia. 
The projects will be presented at the Series Mania Co-Production Forum to an audience of international TV executives at the Series Mania Festival, taking place from April 13 to 23.

The SeriesLab program launched in September. 
With the support of Creative Europe Media, the initiative helps international screenwriters and creators through the first phase of making a new TV series. The SeriesLab selection committee was headed by writer and teacher Nicola Lusuardi.