Be Dramatic! The New Wave of European Series


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Date: Sunday, September 25
Time: 9:30 – 17:00h
Place: Stadsschouwburg / Blauwe Zaal

Drama series are going through a new ‘Golden Age’ in terms of creativity, popularity and sales. The Netherlands Film Festival and partners will therefore offer an extensive overview of the current status of European Drama today, and bring to Utrecht the key industry movers responsible for successful shows from the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Belgium and Germany. Série Series, together with festival programmer Léo Soesanto and HFM/NFF, will present a number of case studies of unreleased series, guiding us through the development process in detail. The event also includes an expert panels and talks.

The case studies include, amongst other, a new crime series presented by Fleur Winters (Lemming Film – The Netherlands) and director Shariff Korver, the anticipated Belgian show TYTGAT CHOCOLATE which will be introduced by Pieter Van Huyck (Head of Drama, deMENSEN  – Belgium), as well as the project GENERATION B. presented by director/writer Joost Vandecasteele. The new ways of watching and narrating series will be scrutinized through the case of SHIELD 5 by screenwriter Adam Dewar. In addition, there will also be room for the new tendencies in Nordic drama. Both the name and representatives of this last couple of Scandinavian case studies will be announced soon.

Other speakers of the Be Dramatic! day are: Hans Schwarz (Head of International Fiction Acquisitions, NPO – The Netherlands) and Jenny Peeters (Programmes coordinator, NPO – The Netherlands), Ben Harris (Head of Programme, Serial Eyes – Germany), Cyril Tysz (Instructor, Serial Eyes – Germany), Jana Burbach (Screenwriter/Graduate, Serial Eyes – Germany), Franck Philippon (Co-Director of TV series Development Department, La Fémis – France) and Frédéric Rosset (Screenwriter/Graduate, La Fémis – France).

DFFB – Serial Eyes is a new post-graduate/doctorate study in Berlin, focused on production and screenwriting of TV series. De French film school La Fémis is the first academic center that has tended a bridge between film and series by founding their own “showrunning” department.

This programme is organized in cooperation with: