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Series Mania, TorinoFilmLab, Unveil Projects at First SeriesLab

Variety logo Variety 12/3/2016 Emilio Mayorga
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The Paris-based Series Mania Co-production Forum and TorinoFilmLab have unveiled the TV series projects at SeriesLab, their new development program.

Projects selected are at an early development stage and have never been presented before. The projects’ writers will be able to work on their brand-new projects at three workshops, in Spain, Italy and France. They will also have the opportunity to present them to an audience of international TV key players at the Series Mania Co-production Forum in April 2017.

Project writers will be mentored at the workshops by screenwriters Vincent Poymiro (“Ainsi soient-ils”) and Stefano Sardo (“1992”), script consultant Anita Voorham, Israeli producer Eilon Ratzkovsky (“Yellow Peppers”) and TorinoFilmLab story editor Gino Ventriglia.

Writers will take part in an intensive four-month-long course from January to April with the final purpose of drafting the treatment of the pilot and the mini-bible of each project, to be presented at Series Mania.

The SeriesLab program was co-launched in September by Series Mania, one of Europe’s highest-profile TV festivals and TorinoFilmLab, a year-round international development program. Initiative is backed by European Union’s Creative Europe Media Program.

TorinoFilmLab is devoted to seek and support emerging talents from all over the world through training, development, funding and distribution activities.

The nine projects have been selected out of 101 submissions. Beyond France, Belgium, Norway and Italy, the selection also includes countries whose shows are seen less frequently on an international stage, such as  Slovakia and Lithuania.

The 8th Series Mania Festival runs April 13-23.


“It’s Me” (Sarah Denoo, Sebastian Adriaensen, Belgium)

“Sweet Blood,” (Elza Kephart, Patricia Gomez Zlatar, Canada)

“Olympics,” (Sandrine Joly, France)

“Back in the Day,” (Guido Silei, Italy)

“The Beehive,” (Domante Urmonaite, Lithuania)

“Augustus,” (Marco van Geffen, Fleur Winters, Netherlands)

“Tracks,” (Tone Andersen, Mamdooh Afdile, Norway)

“Trauma,” (Marcin Kubawski, Milosz Sakowski, Maciej Kubcicki, Poland)

“Carpathian Beast,” (Mira Fornay, Slovakia)


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