Magazine article Variety

Fest Frenzy Hits France

Magazine article Variety

Fest Frenzy Hits France

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IT WAS PROBABLY INEVITABLE that the explosion of high-end TV drama would result in an explosion of high-end TV drama festivals. Nowhere is this more true than in France, which is host to a staggering number of them: Series Mania, Fipa, Série Series, Mip-TV, Mipcom, and La Rochelle, plus two new festivals to be launched next year, in Lille and Cannes. But can the country, and the industry, support so many?

The French government raised eyebrows recently when it decided to back the creation of a large-scale international drama fest in Northern France's Lille, which it wants to become the TV counterpart of the iconic Cannes Film Festival. The announcement came as city officials in Cannes itself said they would create their own rival international drama festival to run alongside MipTV.

Meanwhile, Paris continues to host Series Mania, a thriving festival now in its eighth year. This year's event, which runs April 13-23, will screen the world premiere of Jim Carrey's "I'm Dying Up Here," among others.

Yet the future of Series Mania now looks uncertain. …

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